COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America have released their first TYR Top 25 Dual Meet Swimming and Diving Poll of the 2018-19 season with the Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive teams both ranked 13th.
The women's team is the highest ranked Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team in the national rankings with 93 points, ranking higher than last year's GLIAC Champion Grand Valley State University. The Wildcats have won every meet against a Division II opponent this season and their lone loss came against Division I Bowling Green State University. Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Burnside College) has been named GLIAC Women's Swim & Dive Athlete of the Week for the past two weeks as well.
On the men's side, the team received 74 points and are the second highest GLIAC ranked team, behind only defending GLIAC Champion GVSU. The men's team is also undefeated on the season, having defeated both the University of Findlay twice as well as new GLIAC member St. Cloud State University twice this past weekend. To start the season, junior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle) was named GLIAC Men's Swim & Dive Athlete of the Week, then senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School) was named this week's honoree.
After competing Friday and Saturday for the past two weekends, the team is enjoying time away from competition before returning to host Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State University on November 3 inside the PEIF Pool.