Wildcat Spotlight: Rachel Helm

Wildcat Spotlight: Rachel Helm

On March 10, Rachel Helm became the Northern Michigan swimming & diving team's first national champion since 1999.

Helm won the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a school-record time of 53.79.

"I didn't realize I had won," Helm said. "I dove under, and everyone else dove over the water. And then the results took forever to come through. And then I realized I had won, and it was just an unbelievable feeling."

Fellow freshman Nicola Pasquire said that Helm's victory made her teammates even more driven to have a strong 2017-18 season.

"To have a national champion, I think it's so inspiring for everyone," Pasquire said. "It's certainly my aim to qualify in individual events next year, to get the All-American [honors] and then maybe one day even live up to Rachel's standard. I think she's really set the bar high."

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