The Antigo Red Robins Middle School girls swim team made its season debut on Tuesday, competing in a multi-team meet held at Rhinelander.

Eight of the Robins’ nine swimmers made the trek, with three of the team’s members swimming competitively for the very first time.

Host Rhinelander, D.C. Everest and Wisconsin Rapids were all on hand, with Antigo placing third overall with 35 points. Rhinelander was first with 158 points, followed closed by D.C. Everest with 141. Rapids finished behind the Robins in fourth with a team score of 18.

“Our girls received a very nice compliment from one of the officials who said ‘you have a small team, but I see a lot of talent’,” head coach Andrew Tainter said. “We do have a small team compared to D.C. Everest who brought 54 girls, but our team is very close knit and has a lot of budding talent.”

Leading the way for Antigo was Holland Tainter, who took second in the 50 yard backstroke and was third in the 50 freestyle.

Tainter was also part of a pair of third place relay finishes, joining Alexis Federman, Midori Santiago and Ayda Washatko in the 200 yard medley relay, and the 200 free relay with Federman, Santiago and Allyssa Howard.

Federman was also seventh in the 50 freestyle and 10th in the 50 breaststroke.

Ayda Washatko finished right behind Federman in the 50 free, taking eighth. Santiago was eighth in both the 100 yard individual medley and 50 butterfly, while Eleanor Tassler was 11th in the 50 freestyle and 13th in the 50 backstroke.

Howard turned in a 14th place finish in the 50 backstroke, with Airiana Wyro 17th in the 50 back and 19th in the 50 freestyle.

“They’ve only been in the water for a couple weeks now and posted very nice times last night,” Tainter added. “I’m excited to see what they can do after they get some more training under their belt.”

The Middle School swimmers will have that next opportunity on Tuesday, when they travel to Stevens Point.

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