Eight swimmers represented the Rhinelander Swim Club at separate age group state meets over the past two weekends. The state qualifiers recently posed for a photograph at Rhinelander High School’s Heck Family Community Pool. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Brock Arrowood, Samson Shinners and Jack Antonuk. In the back row are Makenna Winnicki, Joseph Heck, Lisa Kennedy, Abi Winnicki and Thaddeus Heck. (Submitted photo)
State meet results
Results from 12 and under meet which was held Feb. 23-25 in Brown Deer:
3/10/2018 7:31:00 AM RSC swimmers compete at state
Eight swimmers from Rhinelander competed in Wisconsin State Championship meets held over two weekends.
To compete at the state level, swimmers must have achieved a pre-determined qualifying time in their event during the course of the regular club season. Athletes competing were Jack Antonuk, 13, Brock Arrowood, 10, Joseph Heck, 15, Thaddeus Heck, 15, Lisa Kennedy, 14, Samson Shinners,10, Abi Winnicki, 11 and Makenna Winnicki, 15.
"Having eight kids qualify for state is something RSC hasn't done in a very long time," club coach Megan Cihla said. "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 during state competition. Abi Winnicki broke the 50-yard butterfly record that had been in place since 1991 with a time of 29.25 seconds. Jack Antonuk broke the 100 butterfly record with his time of 59.74. Winnicki also achieved a qualifying time for USA Swimming Central Zone competition in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:34.99.
Next up for the club is the Midwest Regional meet held at the University of Minnesota April 7 and 8.
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