Several Northwoods athletes swim at 2017 state meetSubmitted: 11/11/2017
Mark Spillane
Mark Spillane
Sports Reporter/Anchor

Several Northwoods athletes swim at 2017 state meet
MADISON - Tomahawk may have headlined the results for Northwoods teams, but they weren't the only ones in attendance. Rhinelander, Merrill and Medford all competed in the meet. For Rhinelander, it was the capstone of a roller coaster season that included a surprise coaching change.

"It was really emotional but we just tried to keep working as hard as we could, and try to focus on the positives we had," said Rhinelander freshman Makenna Winnicki.

Winnicki finished ninth in the 500 yard freestyle. She was the first Hodag to swim the event at state since 2007. Meanwhile the Merrill Blue Jays broke their own drought at the state meet. Sophomore Trinity Kanitz was the first Blue Jays state qualifier since the 1980s.

"The start of something is really amazing, and for it to be Merrill, a not-so-well known community for swimming, it's like a really big boost," said Kanitz.

Kanitz placed 14th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:30.

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