The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team advanced to 5-0 in the Great Northern Conference after earning a victory over Mosinee on Thursday evening. The Hodags cruised to a 135-28 win over the Indians and won all 11 events at the Heck Family Community Pool.
Even with the convincing 107 point victory, Rhinelander was able to switch their lineups around and several swimmers competed in events that typically do not swim. The Hodags had six swimmers have a hand in two or more of their event wins on the night.
Sophomore Makenna Winnicki led the with with a pair of individual wins and was also part of two winning relay teams on the night. Senior Grace Heck also charted two individual wins and one relay victory. And sophomore Lisa Kennedy had a pair relay wins for the Hodags and added an individual win in the 100-yard freestyle.
The Hodags opened the night and went 1-2 in the 200-medley relay. The all senior team of Maddie Quinn, Alexis Denny, Grace Heck, and Miranda Erdmann edged teammates Jaylen Janssen, Allie Fugle, McGuire, and Riley Miller by 0.31 seconds. They won with the quickest time of 2 minutes, 14.17 seconds.
McGuire would win the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:21.00 and the Hodags would go 1-2-3 in the event. Miller earned second (2:26.17) and Denny was third (3:05.43).
In the 200-yard Individual Medley, St. Pierre was first to the wall to beat teammate Sierra Woodford with a time of 2:34.40. And in the final even before the break, Winnicki would win the 50-free at 26.09 seconds. RHS went 1-2-3 in the 50 free with Kennedy taking runner-up (27.31) and Janssen finishing third (29.82). RHS would take 49-10 lead at the break.
Grace Heck would win the 100-fly with a time of 1:09.84 to beat out Maria Heck, who was second at 1:1747. Once again Rhinelander would go 1-2-3 in the 100-yard freestyle. Lisa Kennedy was first to the wall and the only swimmer to crack the one minute barrier a 58.62 seconds. Miller and Quinn battled for runner-up and were only separated by 0.10 seconds. Miller clocked in at 1:05.81 for second and Quinn finished third at 1:05.91.
In the 500-yard freestyle, Winnicki cruised to a 24.52 seconds victory finishing at 5:31.06. The 500-free was one the the events Winnicki qualified for at the 2017 state tournament and and finished at 5:22.27. While teammates St. Pierre and Maria Heck went down to the wire battling for the runner-up position. St. Pierre edged out Heck by 0.39 seconds a 5:55.58.
Rhinelander finished top three in the 200-yard freestyle which would add another 14 points to their lead. The team of Kennedy, Miller, M. Heck, and Winnicki finished first at 1:52.46. Fugle, Quinn, Erdmann, and G. Heck were second at 1:54.82. And McGuire, Denny, Ella Mullikin, and Allysa Schueremann finished third.
The Hodags also went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard backstroke led by G. Heck, who clocked in with the winning time of 1:10.04. Erdmann finished second (1:15.72) and Janssen charted third (1:19.09). Quinn won the 100-breaststroke at 1:25.11 followed by Denny in third (1:36.98) and Mullikin in fourth (1:50.86).
And closing the nigh, Rhinelander finished 1-2 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. McGuire, Kennedy, St. Pierre, and Winnicki had the winning time of 4:04.01 M. Heck, Janssen, Woodford, and freshman Emily Tinsman finished second at 4:52.37.
Rhinelander advanced to 5-0 in the GNC standings and will bring up a showdown between the top two teams in the conference who are both undefeated. RHS will face Tomahawk who is 6-0, on the road Thursday.