MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive teams compete against their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents as they host Grand Valley State University and Saginaw Valley State University Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the PEIF Pool.
| FOLLOW ALONG
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| LAST TIME OUT
NMU has enjoyed two weeks from action as their last meet came October 13 against St. Cloud State University and Northern State University. The men's team defeated SCSU 169-117 in a dual meet as Northern State does not have a men's team. The women's team defeated both teams, defeatING SCSU 173-122 while they defeated NSU 224-70.
On the season, The Wildcats are undefeated against Division II teams. The men's squad is 3-0 on the year while the women are 5-1, with their only defeat coming to Division I Bowling Green State University. In the first meet of the season, NMU took on University of Findlay and defeated the Oilers by a combined score of 3,074-2,513.5.
| SETTING RECORDS
Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Burnside College) has multiple NMU records and broke her own record in the 100-yard Backstroke in the last meet. In the race, Helm touched first with a time of 55.76.
| IN THE RANKINGS
Both the men's and women's teams are ranked #13 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of American Division II poll. The women's team is the highest GLIAC school in the poll and are receiving 93 points. The men's team is second among GLIAC teams, trailing only GVSU and are receiving 74 points.
| SWIMMERS OF THE WEEK
The Wildcats have swept GLIAC Swimmer of the Week honors after both weekends the team competed. After taking on Findlay and BGSU, Helm was given the honor after winning the 100-yard Medley Relay Friday and posted an NCAA B-Cut time of 1:59.73 in the 200-yard Backstroke, which was the nation's fastest time by four seconds at the time. She then won it the next weekend as well after setting the pool record, winning the 75-yard Backstroke and helping two relays to victory.
On the men's side, junior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle) won the first week by claiming victories in THE 200-yard Butterfly, 1:56.81, and the 500-yard Freestyle, 4:48.34. The next week, senior Renars Bundzis (Riga/Latvia/Riga Secondary School) earned recognition after he won the 200-yard Backstroke with a time of 1:52.51, and took second in the 100-yard Backstroke and third in the 25-yard Backstroke. Bundzis also chipped in with two relay victories.
| DIVING IN
The women's team has benefitted from diving success to start the season. In the first meet, freshman Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind./Northridge) won the 1-meter Dive and posted an NCAA Qualifier score. Senior Angela Probstfeld claimed the 3-meter Dive. Against SCSU and Northern State, junior Jamie Kimble (Prior Lake, Minn.) won the 1-meter Dive while Grossman captured the 3-meter Friday. Grossman swept both diving events in Saturday's meet against the same teams.
On the men's side, senior Kyle Flickinger (Brimley, Mich./Sault Area) will return to action after missing time with injury. The team is also joined by sophomore Ian Bishop (Jackson, Mich.) and freshman Ryan Glover (Marquette, Mich.) who give the men's team more diving opportunities.