STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Rhinelander High School boys swimming team once again recorded the most first-place finishes, but not the most points in its second Great Northern Conference dual meet of the season.
The Hodags, which had only three runner-up finishes and one third-place showing to go along with eight first-place finishes, ended up being outscored Thursday at Tomahawk, 94-76.
RHS’s top finishes included a pair of individual victories from Nolan Francis in the 50-yard freestyle (24.09 seconds) and 100 butterfly (57.4).
The Hodags had two other swimmers place first and second in the pair of individual events. David King won the 500 freestyle (5:57.51) and finished runner-up in the 200 freestyle (2:09.88), while Russell Benoy placed first in the 200 individual medley (2:29.32) and second in the 100 freestyle (57.49).
RHS’s two other first-place individual finishes came from Thaddeus Heck in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.93) and Martin Hoger in the 100 backstroke (1:06.76). Hoger added the team’s only third-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:10.28).
The Hodags’ won two of the three relays with Hoger, Heck, Francis and Benoy topping the 200 medley relay (1:53.2) and Benoy, King, Francis and Devon Gaber finishing first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.23).
King, Gaber, Hoger and Heck placed runner-up in the 400 freestyle relay (4:04.41).
RHS, which is now 0-2 in GNC dual meets, has its next conference dual meet this coming Thursday at Lakeland Union High School before hosting an invitational Saturday.