PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Northern Michigan University Swimming and Diving Teams took part in the 2018 Fazoli's Invitational hosted by University of West Florida.
In a meet that only scored relay's, the men's team came away with a 212-168 victory over Ouachita Baptist University. The women's team took second place, finishing behind West Florida and ahead of Brenau University and Ouachita Baptist University.
In the men's meet, NMU captured the top five spots in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of junior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School), junior Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica/Saint Jude), junior Esteban Gutierrez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Colojio De Buchilleres SEA) and sophomore Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos) took first place in a time of 1:33.66.
The men then repeated the feat in the 200-yard freestyle relay to close out the meet, with sophomore Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle), junior Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K./Bury College), sophomore Maks Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn./Henry Sibley) and Budai posting a winning time of 1:26.49.
The meet also featured several individual events that were not scored. Budai finished with two victories, winning a 100-yard freestyle race in 47.87 and the 100-yard backstroke in 51.71. junior Benjamin Lindberg (Skelleftea, Sweden/Belderskolan) also took a victory in a 100-yard freestyle later in the meet, winning his race in a time of 49.78.
Hererra captured the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.32, while junior Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia/Dhahran) won the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:06.70.
In the three-meter dive, junior Kyle Flickinger (Brimley, Mich./Sault Area) posted a winning score of 189.96 to win the event. Gutierrez captured a 100-yard butterfly victory with a time of 51.86.
On the women's side, sophomore Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) took home the 100-yard freestyle in 56.26 while freshman Gabriella Spajic (New South Wales, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla) claimed the 1000-yard freestyle by touching in 10:45.34.
The Wildcats will return to action January 13 by hosting University of Wisconsin Green Bay in the PEIF Pool.