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Men and Women's Swim & Dive Defeats Findlay; Women Compete With DI BGSU

Men and Women's Swim & Dive Defeats Findlay; Women Compete With DI BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio --  The men's team captured 14 of 16 events to defeat the University of Findlay in a dual meet while the women's team defeated Findlay but fell to Bowling Green State University in a double-dual meet.


On the men's side, NMU defeated Findlay 217-67.  The women's team defeated the Oilers 179.50-120.50.  The Division 1 BGSU squad swam past the Wildcats 192-108, while BGSU defeated UF 215-85.


Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Burnside College) won three individual races and was a member of the winning 200-yard Medley Relay team.  She won the 100-yard backstroke by over a second, winning with a time of 56.04.

She then went on to win the 200-yard Backstroke by nearly eight seconds, touching in 1:59.73. In the 200-yard Individual Medley, Helm beat the field with a time of 2:07.06, winning the race by a second over the second-place BGSU swimmer.

Her times in the backstroke races also gave her NCAA B-Cut Qualifiers.


Both the men's and the women's team won the 200-yard Medley Relay. The women's team of Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), Helm, junior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) and sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College) won in 1:47.18. 

The men's team, with a time of 1:34.73, consisted of senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School), senior Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica/Saint Jude), Maks Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn./Henry Sibley) and Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos).


The men's team finished the meet strong by winning the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of freshman Jon Busse (Stillwater, Minn.), senior Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K./Bury College), senior Ryan Leonard (South Wales, Australia/Toronto) and Budai won the race in 3:10.71.


Three swimmers from the men's team also won two individual races.  

Herrera captured the 100-yard Breaststroke in 58.70 and the 200-yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:09.90.

Budai claim the 50-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard Freestyle. In the 50, Budai posted a time of 21.67 and followed it with a time of 47.64 in the 100.

Junior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle) took the 200-yard Butterfly in a time of 1:56.81 and then won the 500-yard Freestyle in 4:48.34.


The men's team also finished with swimmers who won a single race. Bundzis notched a time of 51.38 to win the 100-yard Backstroke while senior Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia/Dhahran) posted a winning time of 10:04.76 in the 1000-yard Freestyle.

Cosgrove captured the 100-yard Butterfly with a time of 52.57 while Leonard won the 200-yard Individual Medley in 1:59.06


The team returns to action and hosts their first two home meets of the season as they host St. Cloud State University and Northern State University on Friday night at 6 p.m. in the PEIF Pool. They then return Saturday to take on the same teams at 11 a.m.