Merrill hosts rare outdoor swim meet for nine area teamsSubmitted: 08/22/2019
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin

Merrill hosts rare outdoor swim meet for nine area teams
MERRILL - By the time girls swim season begins, cool fall weather often makes outdoor pools too cold for the sport. At an early season meet in Lincoln County Thursday, athletes got the rare chance to swim under the sky.

Merrill hosted a mix of eight other division one and division two schools including Black River Falls, Rhinelander, Marshfield, Wausau West, Stevens Point, DC Everest, Rice Lake and Tomahawk.

Blue Jays coach Kristie Winter says the outdoor meet gave her girls an opportunity to try something different with athletes they don't often compete against.

"We have this great facility and our club team hosts a meet our here in the summer, and we said 'hey if they can do why can't we,'" said Winter. "The girls like to be out here, so its fun."

This season, Merrill's seniors hope to defend their Division 2 sectional title from last year.

The teams new leaders say swimming outdoors competitively is actually a lot harder than it looks.

"The sky … it blinds you," said Merrill swimmer Trinity Kanitz.

"You have to wear tinted goggle so that they're more like sunglasses," said Merrill swimmer Aliyah Pillai.

"It's also a lot harder to regulate the water temperature, so the water's like 5 to 10 degrees hotter than it is inside," said Merrill swimmer Ananda VanWie.

VanWie said warm water makes swimming even more tiring but the meet was still great practice for the rest of the season.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


RHINELANDER - Scammers hope to get their hands on your money and they'll try to reach you any way possible.

People from all backgrounds can fall victim to scams.

Scammers go where they can reach people, which means they spend a lot of time on social media. This puts people at risk of leaking their private information.

Many scams used to only attack the elderly and take away their golden years, but that is changing.

One law enforcement official says everyone is being attacked.

+ Read More

PRICE COUNTY - We'll never know exactly why a plane broke up in the sky over Price County, killing six people.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the accident over Catawba in July of 2017.

+ Read More

Play Video

CRANDON - The Ojibwe people want to share their culture with the people of Wisconsin.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - People in the Northwoods often travel a long way to get specialized healthcare not offered locally.

With the turn of a shovel Friday, Rhinelander's Aspirus Clinic moved one step closer solving that issue. A ground breaking ceremony cleared the way for a 21,000 square foot expansion.

The current facility opened in 2008 and employs 73 people within a 28,000 square foot building.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - Wisconsin produces 90 to 95 percent of all the ginseng in the whole country. 

Ninety-five percent of that crop is grown in Marathon County, according to the Wisconsin DATCP.

+ Read More

ELCHO - Devastating storms hit the Elcho community back in July. Many trees are still down across the region and some people worry the cleanup process isn't going fast enough.

Life may be returning to normal for some people. Others wonder if the forest debris will ever be hauled away.

"The area was out of electricity for six days," said 38-year seasonal resident Ben Merry. "All my friends and family members and so forth that are up there told me, um, they recommended me that I not come up."

The damage left by severe thunderstorms that hit on July 19 shocked residents like Ben Merry and his wife.

+ Read More

Play Video

ONEIDA COUNTY - Following a summer filled with gun violence including deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin are taking steps to end the epidemic.

+ Read More
+ More General News