The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team advanced to 7-0 in the Great Northern Conference after cruising to a 109-6 win on senior night over Tomahawk. The Hatchets won the last five conference titles, but proved to be no match for the Hodags on Thursday night at the Heck Family Community Pool.
Rhinelander also used the intermission to honor their four seniors; Marisa McGuire, Jaylen Janssen, Allysa Scheuermann, and Riley Miller. Coach Jenny Heck along with juniors Makenna Winnicki and Lisa Kennedy spoke about all four seniors and their favorite swim memories and present senior gifts. McGuire led the seniors on the night and was part of a pair of relay wins and also added a runner-up finish and third place finish in individual events.
In the opening 200-yard medley relay, the Hodags set the tone of the night early with a convincing 14.87 second victory over Tomahawk. Kennedy, sophomore Malia Francis, Winnicki, and McGuire clocked in with a winning time of 1 minute, 54.81 seconds. McGuire highlighted the relay with a 26.99 second split in the anchor leg.
The Hodags also closed the night winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Maria Heck, sophomore Sierra Woodford, McGuire, and sophomore Noelle St. Pierre cracked four minutes and won with a time of 3:59.29. Rhinelander's B relay of freshman Augusta Gruett, Janssen, freshman Phoebe Moran, and freshman Genna Fugle finished third (4:31.03). Tomahawks A relay was runner-up (4:05.49).
Along with being part of the first and last wins of the night for RHS, McGuire was runner-up in the 50-free with a time of 27.56. Teammate St. Pierre won the 50-free (26.23) and Janssen finished 5th (29.09). That would give the Hodags 11 more points to their lead and would go into the break with a 39-23 advantage.
Right after the break, McGuire added a third place finish in the 100-free (1:00.74). Kylee Theiler of Tomahawk won the event, setting a new pool record at 53.04 seconds. St. Pierre was runner-up at 57.22 seconds and Fugle was fourth at 1:02.48.
Theiler also won the 200-yard freestyle for Tomahawk at :57.28. Heck finished runner-up (2:09.59), Woodford was third (2:16.59), and freshman Ella Cordy finished fifth (2:30.59). RHS went 1-3-5 in the 500-free led by Heck (5:52.19), Gruett (3rd; 6:44.59), and Moran (5th; 7:18.45).
Francis and Winnicki also recorded a pair of individual wins for the Hodags. Francis led a 1-2-4 finish in the 200-individual medley with a time of 2:10.14. Kennedy was second (2:26.88) and freshman Abigale Johnson was fourth (2:48.73). Francis would also win the 100-breaststroke at 1:09.71 followed by Cordy (3rd; 1:25.60), and Moran fourth (1:26.98).
Winnicki would win the 100-yard butterfly as well as the 100-yard backstroke. She clocked in with the fastest time in the 100-fly at 1:02.29 followed by Woodford in third (1:17.26). And in the 100-back Winnicki edged teammate Kennedy by 1.1 seconds with a winning time of 1:02.09. Johnson finished fifth in the 100-back for RHS at 1:21.09.
Rhinelander also won the 200-yard freestyle relay with the team of Winnicki, Kennedy, Francis, and St. Pierre. The Hodags A team was first to the wall at 1:44.02 to beat out Tomahawk's A relay. RHS's B relay of Woodford, Johnson, Fugle, and Heck finished third (1:52.43).
The Hodags will now have two weeks as they prepare for the Great Northern Conference meet that will take place on Friday, November 1st at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Aquatics Center at 5:00PM. RHS has a four point advantage over Lakeland and Medford going into the GNC tournament. The conference meet awards 16 points to first place, fourteen points to second place, twelve points to third place, ten points to fourth place, six points to sixth place, and two points to eighth place.