The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team advanced to 5-0 in the Great Northern Conference after downing Antigo 127-43 on Thursday night. The Hodags won all 1 events and had eight swimmers record wins at the McKenna Aquatic Center. It was also an opportunity for RHS to show their depth and mix up their lineups on the evening.
Rhinelander had seven 1-2 finishes on the evening as well and were led by sophomores Malia Francis and Sierra Woodford. Francis and Woodford each won four events for the Hodags, with both swimmers winning a pair of individual events and as well as two relay events.
Francis won the 200-meter freestyle to edge teammate Makenna Winnicki to the wall by 1.7 seconds with a time of 2:13.60. She also easily won the 100-meter breaststroke by over 15 seconds, clocking in at 1:20.78. Francis, Marissa McGuire, Abigale Johnson, and Woodford won the 200-meter medley relay at 2:18.08. While McGuire, Winnicki, St. Pierre, and Francis won the 400-meter freestyle relay with a time of 4:30.84.
Woodford would win the longest and shortest races of the evening and was also part of the 200-medley relay and the 200-meter freestyle relay. She won the 50-meter freestyle at 30.40 seconds to beat out McGuire (31.26) and also won the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 5:23.28. Winnicki, Maria Heck, Jaylan Janssen, and Woodford paired up to win the 200-meter freestyle at 2:05.28 over Noelle St. Pierre, Phoebe Moran, Augusta Gruett, and Johnson (2:10.59).
Heck would add a pair of individual wins as well, the 200-meter IM and the 100-meter backstroke. She won the 100-back with a winning time of 1:22.37 and the 200-IM at 2:53.08. RHS went 1-2-3 in the 100-back with St. Pierre in second (1:23.59) and Ella Cordy taking third.
Rhinelander also took the top three spots in the 100-meter butterfly that St. Pierre finished first with a time of 1:19.79. McGuire was second (1:20.64) and Gruett (1:35.49) placed third. Winnicki won the 100-meter freestyle at 1:04.23 to beat out Johnson (1:12.09).
Genna Fugle played a role in three different third place finishes including a pair of individual events; the 200-IM (3:12.33) and the 400-free (5:53.63). Moran finished third in the 100-breaststroke (1:38.35). And Janssen, Hannah Rumney, Fugle, and Moran came in third in the 200-medley relay (2:44.45).
The Hodags still sits at one-game ahead of Medford and Lakeland in the conference standings at a perfect 5-0 record. Rhinelander will be back in the pool Thursday evening when they host Mosinee at the Heck Family Community Pool at 5:30PM.