RHINELANDER - The Heck Family Community Pool is now covered and spring sports have begun, but the athletes and coaches of the Rhinelander boys swim team will always remember the stellar season that is now passed.
"I'm so proud of all of these guys, they really worked hard," said coach Jenny Heck.
Seventeen new records on the school record board will ensure they won't forget.
The team broke eight pool records, four conference records, and five varsity records.
Senior swimmer Nolan Francis helped with 16 of the 17 records that were broken this season.
"Everybody pulled their own weight, there was never a weak link in any of the relays, any of the meets," said Francis.
Francis captured a number of individual records, but together with his teammates broke relay records too.
"Swimming is an individual sport but really it's a team sport because we all perform much better when we're all having great attitudes and being positive," said Francis.
One of the members of those relay teams is senor Russell Benoy who got to toss old records off the board and put ones with his name on. He said at the beginning of this season he knew this team was going to be great.
"We all knew what had to be done and what our goals were and what we wanted to achieve," said Benoy.
The new records will stand for at least one more year. This team set a new standard for younger swimmers to strive towards.
"Hopefully we're just the beginning for a new generation of Rhinelander swimmers," said Benoy.