The Rhinelander High School girls' swim had another dominate Great Northern Conference performance on Thursday when they cruised to a 110-60 victory at Medford. The Hodags won all the events except the 50-yard freestyle and had three swimmers record four wins on the night; Malia Francis, Noelle St. Pierre, and Makenna Winnicki. Francis, St. Pierre, and Winnicki all each charted two individual wins and two relay wins on the night.
The Raiders edged RHS at the WIAA Division 2 sectionals last year, but the Hodags had no problem in their 50-point victory on Thursday at Raider Hall. And after Lakeland edged Tomahawk as well on Thursday, Rhinelander now remains the only unbeaten team in the GNC at 3-0. While Ladysmith, Lakeland, Medford, and Tomahawk are all now at 2-1.
St. Pierre won the 100-yard freestyle at 58.50 seconds and was the only swimmer to crack a minute and she also won the 100-breaststroke at 1:14.26. Francis finished first in the 200-freestyle (2:02.74) as well as the 500-free (5:28.90). And Winnicki won the 100-butterfly (1:03.34) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.31.
Winnicki and St. Pierre paired up with Lisa Kennedy and Sierra Woodford to win the opening 200-yard medley relay to edge Medford by 1.42 seconds, clocking in at 1:58.52. St. Pierre, Woodford, Maria Heck, and Francis won the 200-freestyle relay at 1:48.58. And Heck, Francis, Winnicki, and Kennedy closed the dual winning the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:59.81.
Kennedy would also win the 100-yard backstroke at 1:04.17 and added a runner-up finish in the 50-free at 27.62 seconds. Medford's Erin Bergman won the 50-free at 26.49 seconds, which prevented RHS from a clean sweep in the GNC dual.
Rhinelander also finished second in the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:49.22 posted by Marisa McGuire, Abigale Johnson, Genna Fugle, and Phoebe Moran. Heck also added a runner-up finish in the 200-free.
The Hodags had a number of third place finishes on the night as well; 200-medley relay (Jaylen Janssen, Marisa McGuire, Abigale Johnson, and Augusta Gruett), Heck in the 100-free, Fugle in the 200-IM, Gruett in the 100-back, McGuire in the 100-breast, and Johnson in the 100-fly.
Rhinelander will be back in action tomorrow for an non-conference invite at Chippewa Falls and will than host Ladysmith at the Heck Family Community Pool on Thursday.