TOMAHAWK - "Everyone has found their spot and what they are good at," said Hatchet swimming senior captain Braden Tjugum.
Tomahawk found its spot in 21 different sectional entries this coming weekend. The Hatchets hoping to end their one-year state appearance drought. The swimmers believe this season feels a little bit different.
"With the taper this year, it has seemed better than all of the previous years. I think we are expecting some big PR's, said Hatchet swimming senior captain Keaton Jed."
Records are being broken left and right in the Great Northern Conference. Senior Travis Phillips shattered two of them and has the chance to make it back to state for the second time.
"I feel really great in the water. I am super excited for sections and state and I know these guys are too," Phillips said.
Tomahawk is led by six seniors who rallied their way to an 8-2 regular season and second place in the GNC. They want nothing more than to get one of their relays to Madison.
"There's a lot of hard work that goes into swimming and a lot of these boys have put in that work throughout the season and it has really shown, especially with our seniors," Phillips said. Our seniors have done really well throughout the season which shows how hard work can pay off in the end."
The Hatchet seniors will make their final splash in February. As they look back at the last four years, they say they feel nothing but pride in the fact they have given it their all.
"I think this sport has taught us to try hard and just keep pushing through it," Jed said.
"That's my end goal here, to leave that legacy behind here for Tomahawk. Just to show that Tomahawk is a school and there are athletes at this school who are amazing."
Sectionals will start at 1 o'clock on Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.
Our sports team will have the latest results on Newswatch12 Weekends at 10.