Eight Rhinelander Swim Club members competed in Wisconsin State Championship meets recently. To compete at this level, swimmers must have met a qualifying time in their event. Athletes competing were Joseph Heck, 15; Thaddeus Heck, 15; Makenna Winnicki, 15; Lisa Kennedy, 14; Jack Antonuk, 13; Abi Winnicki, 11; Samson Shinners, 10; and Brock Arrowood, 10.
“Having eight kids qualify for state is something RSC hasn’t done in a very long time,” said head coach Megan Cihla. “I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of their successes and all they have achieved this season. Half of these athletes are bottom of their age group so qualifying for state wasn’t something they were even expecting to do. This just shows the versatility of these athletes and how wonderfully talented they are when they set goals for themselves.”
There were two RSC records broken at the meet. Abi Winnicki broke the 50-yard butterfly record that had been in place since 1991 with her time of 29.25. Jack Antonuk broke the 100-yard butterfly record with his time of 59.74.
Next up for the club is the Midwest Regional meet April 7 and 8.
Results from the age 12 and under meet:
Brock Arrowood: 19th in 500-yard freestyle, 20th in 200 freestyle and 25th in 100 freestyle.
Samson Shinners: 12th in 500-yard freestyle, 18th in 100 freestyle, 18th in 200 freestyle, 19th in 50 freestyle, 20th in 200 individual medley and 26th in 50 butterfly.
Abi Winnicki: Individual results were 6th in 1,000-yard freestyle, 13th in 200 butterfly, 15th in 100 butterfly, 16th in 50 butterfly, 17th in 100 freestyle, 18th in 50 freestyle. Relay results include 5th in 400 medley, 7th in 200 medley, 9th in 200 freestyle and 9th in 400 freestyle.
Results from the age 13 and over meet:
Jack Antonuk: Individual results were 6th in 1,000-yard freestyle, 13th in 200 butterfly, 15th in 100 butterfly, 16th in 50 butterfly, 17th in 100 freestyle, 18th in 50 freestyle. Relay results include 5th 400 medley, 7th 200 medley, 9th in 200 freestyle and 9th in 400 freestyle.
Joseph Heck: Individual results were 34th in 100-yard breaststroke, 42nd in 100 freestyle. Relay results include 13th in 200 medley and 31st in 400 freestyle.
Thaddeus Heck: Individual result, 31st in 100-yard breaststroke. Relay results include 13th in 200 medley and 31st in 400 freestyle.
Lisa Kennedy: Individual results were 59th in 200-yard freestyle, 61st in 100 backstroke, 63rd in 200 backstroke. Relay result, 32nd in 400 freestyle.
Makenna Winnicki: Individual results were 20th in 1,650-yard freestyle, 24th in 1,000 freestyle and 49th in 100 backstroke. Relay results include 29th in 200 medley, 30th in 400 freestyle, 31st in 800 freestyle and 41st in 200 freestyle.