MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive teams return to action this weekend as they head to the Calvin College Invitational. The event begins Thursday, November 29 and will conclude on Saturday, December 1.
| LAST TIME OUT
NMU has had a nearly three-week break from action as they last competed against University of Wisconsin Stevens Point on Saturday, Nov. 10. In the meet, the women's team won 15 races on their way to 212-85 victory. The men's team collected 13 victories and captured a 175-119 win over the Pointers.
| IN THE RANKINGS
Both can find themselves in the College Swim Coaches Association of America Division II polls. The women's squad is currently ranked eighth in the country and the top ranked Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference team in the rankings. In the previous poll, the women were ranked 13th.
The men's team was also previously ranked 13th but have moved up 11th. They trail Grand Valley State University among all GLIAC schools in the rankings. The next set of rankings for both teams will come out in January.
| GETTING WINS
Both NMU swim and dive teams are undefeated against Division II opponents. The men's team is currently 6-0 and two wins over University of Findlay and St. Cloud State University each. They also garnered victory over Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State University.They also picked up a win over Division III team UW Stevens Point.
On the women's side, the team is 7-1 this season, and have two wins over Northern State University, SCSU and Findlay each with another win over UWSP. Their lone loss came at Bowling Green University, an NCAA Division I member.
| SWIMMERS OF THE WEEK
The Wildcats have won seven GLIAC Athlete of the Week honors this season, sweeping the honor every time they compete with the exception of one week.
After taking on Findlay and BGSU, junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Woodhouse College) 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.
Sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla) then won after winn three races in the team's victories over GVSU and SVSU. She started the meet by posting an NCAA B-Cut time of 10:23.36 in the 1,000-yard Freestyle. She then went on to win the 200-yard Butterfly and 500-yard Freestyle. In their last outing, freshman Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind./Northridge) swept the two diving events to claim the distinction.
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, and the 500-yard Freestyle.
The next week, senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School) earned recognition after he won the 200-yard Backstroke and took second in the 100-yard Backstroke and third in the 25-yard Backstroke. Bundzis also chipped in with two relay victories. He then went on to win two races on his own and helped a relay to victory in the team's wins over GVSU and SVSU
| LAST YEAR'S INVITE
The men's team finished with a total of nine victories victories on their way to a second place finish with 1,994 points. They also broke a school record in the process. On the women's side, the team ended up with a total of 10 race victories and finished the meet with 1,556.5 points. They also set three school records and two pool records during the meet.