High school swim practice usually requires a pool, lane lines, and diving blocks. But not on Saturday for the Rhinelander girls swim team. They decided to take a day to have a more relaxed practice ahead of their first meet next week.
"We feel like it'll really get the girls motivated," said senior Carly Seidl.
The Rhinelander girls swim team doesn't always practice on Saturdays, but when they do, they make it fun. They did dry-land and water exercises at Buck Lake today.
"I don't like fish and stuff so I'm scared that a fish will come up and you can't see the bottom," said senior Taylor Macak.
The different structure of practice also helps the team grow closer together.
"I've been in other sports before and there's never been a team as close as swimming, and I think this really helps with it and our coach understands that," said Macak.
The team has five seniors this year, three more than the two last year. But the team as a whole is a little smaller.
"We've actually dropped in numbers a little bit, but that really allows us to focus and hone in on everyone's individual skills," said Seidl.
The team travels to Colby on Wednesday for the first meet of the season. And they're ready to get going.
"We already have all of our times written out on paper, and we know we can make it to state. We just have to put in the work to get there," said Macak.
If the team makes it to state, it will be their third year in a row.
The meet on Wednesday is actually a pentathlon meet. That means each swimmer will swim a 50 of every stroke and then a 100 individual medley.