The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team had a stealer Saturday when they won eight of the 10 events, and scored runner-up in the remaining two events. The Hodags cruised to winning the five-team Hodag Relays and were able to set two new meet records at the Heck Family Community Pool as well.
Four RHS swimmers would play a role in three of Rhinelander's wins on the day showcasing their depth on the day Makenna Winnicki, Marisa McGuire, Noelle St. Pierre, and Allie Fugle.
Rhinelander team of Lisa Kennedy, Grace Heck, St. Pierre, and Winnicki set the new meet record in the 400-yard individual medley relay. The Hodag team clocked in with a winning time of 4 minutes, 31.74 seconds.
Also earning a meet record was Winnicki, Maria Heck, McGuire, and Ella Schiek in the 500-decrescendo freestyle relay. RHS beat the old record by over five seconds, coming in at 5:15.87.
The Hodags started the day off strong and won the opening 200-yard medley relay with the team of Miranda Erdmann, Allie Fugle, Riley Miller, and McGuire. They finished at 2:09.85 which was 2.46 seconds ahead of runner-up Lakeland.
In the second event, the 800-freestyle relay, the Hodag team of M. Heck, Schiek, Maddie Quinn, and Sierra Woodford finished first with a time of 9:43.46. Maria Heck gave Rhinelander an early advantage and proved to have the quickest over splits at 2:16.04.
The 400-medley relay team of Kennedy, G. Heck, St. Pierre, and Winnicki would beat out Marshfield for the win, clocking in at 4:31.74. RHS also won the 200-free relay at 1:54.17 which included Fugle, Janssen, Erdmann, and McGuire. They were also the only relay team to crack two minutes on the event.
Grace Heck, St. Pierre, and Miller cruised to a victory in the 3x100 fly relay, finishing at 3:46.90. And in the 3x100 back relay; Winnicki, Quinn, and Kennedy recorded a convincing 21.36 second win over Antigo with a time of 3:19.57. Hodag team of St. Pierre, Fugle, and Woodford also won the 3x100-breast at 4:02.99.
Lakeland would edge Rhinelander in the 3x50-mixer relay. The team of Mariah Angove, Amanda Kosmen, and Naomi Hameria would beat the Hodags to the wall by only 0.08 seconds clocking in at 1:29.55. Rhinelander team of G. Heck, Kennedy, and Woodford earned runner-up at 1:29.33. Grace Heck made up some ground for Rhinelander in the final 50-yards but came up just shy.
The other runner-up finish for the Hodags came in the final event; the 400-free relay where Wausau West finished first at 4:21.21. The Warriors would beat out M. Heck, Schiek, Janseen, and Quinn by 3.96 seconds.
Rhinelander will be back in action when they host Medford on Thursday evening in a Great Northern Conference dual.