The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team made splash and downed Mosinee on Thursday to advance to 6-0 in the Great Northern Conference standings. The Hodags were nearly perfect as they swept the top two spots in each event to cruise to a convincing 138-30 victory over the Indians at the Heck Family Community Pool. It was also only two points shy of a perfect dual meet of 100 points.
Rhinelander was able to mix their lineup, but the results were still the same. The Hodags not only had 10 different swimmers record wins on the night, they also got a Heck Pool and school record from sophomore Malia Francis who who set bar after taking down the previous mark her older sister Kiah set in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Hodags started the night with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Francis, senior Marisa McGuire, junior Lisa Kennedy, and senior Jaylen Janssen would beat the Hodags B relay to wall with a winning time of 2 minutes, 0.86 seconds. Sophomore Maria Heck, sophomore Sierra Woodford, freshman Abigale Johnson, and freshman Genna Fugle were runner-up at 2:12.00.
Following was the 200-yard freestyle where Rhinelander went 1-2-3. Kennedy won the event with a time of 2:12.19 to beat out McGuire by 2.71 seconds (2:14.90). And Johnson finished third at 2:29.26. RHS also went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard individual medley led by sophomore Noelle St. Pierre who touched the wall first at 2:27.89. Woodford was second (2:37.93) and Fugle finished third (2:50.58).
And in the final event before the break, Rhinelander also went 1-2-3 in the 50-yard freestyle. Winnicki won the even at 26.31 and was followed by Heck (27.88) and freshman Phoebe Moran (30.21). Rhinelander would hold a 51-10 advantage at the break.
Francis would crush the record in the 100-fly in the first event after the break. She clocked in with the new record of 57.73 seconds which was 0.69 seconds faster than Kiah’s record set back in 2015. Kennedy was second (1:06.10) and Janssen was third (1:21.09) in the 100-fly.
Rhinelander went 1-2 in the 100-freestyle which was won by St. Pierre with a time of 58.76 seconds. Heck followed in second at 1:00.70. Francis added another win in the 500-yard free (5:21.72) where she beat out Winnicki (5:30.96). And Johnson was third for the Hodags.
The Hodags finished 1-2-4 in both the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke. Woodford won the 100-back (1:10.52) followed by Fugle (1:16.65) and freshman Ella Cordy was fourth (1:21.00). McGuire won the 100-breast (1:17.88) and sophomore Hannah Rumney was runner-up (1:32.17) and Janssen was fourth (1:37.40).
And Rhinelander went 1-2 in their final two relays of the night where the 200-yard freestyle relay proved to be the closest finish of the night. Sophomore Emily Tinsman, Fugle, Moran, and Janssen beat out their teammates by 0.42 seconds with a winning time of 2:05.58. Senior Allysa Schueremann, Winnicki, St. Pierre, and McGuire were second at 2:06.00.
In the final event, the Hodags had a strong lineup and were looking to to set another record in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Kennedy, Winnicki, Francis, and St. Pierre were 2.24 seconds off the record pace finishing at 3:49.03. Heck, Woodford, Johnson, and freshman Augusta Gruett were second (4:20.07).
Rhinelander advanced to 6-0 in the GNC and have a chance at entering the GNC meet undefeated and first in the conference standings. The Hodags will close out the dual portion of the season on Thursday when they host Tomahawk, who has won the last five GNC titles. The Hatchets are only 3-3 on the year while Lakeland is in second at 5-1 behind RHS. The GNC Meet will be held on Friday November 1st at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.