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Women's Swim & Dive Leading Calvin Invite

Women's Swim & Dive Leading Calvin Invite

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Swim and Dive team picked up three victories on the second day of the Calvin College Invitational and moved into first place. 


The Wildcats are leading the eight team meet after two days with 857 points.  In second place is Grand Valley State University, who has 855 points.  Calvin is in third with 793 points while fourth place, University of Findlay have 777 points.  Fifth place, Kalamazoo College, has 314 point.


Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) earned an NCAA A-Cut in the 100-yard Backstroke in today's preliminary race, touching in a time of 53.90.  In the finals, she captured first place with a time of 54.33.  Senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa) finished second.


The Wildcats came away with two additional victories on the night, winning the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and the 200-yard Freestyle. 

In the relay, sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England), sophomore Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa) and Helm captured first place with a new pool record of 1:33.71.  The time is also now the fourth fastest time in Division II.

In the individual race, Soulas defeated the field with a time of 1:50.97.


Soulas also posted two NCAA B-Cuts. Her time in the 200 free earned the mark while she also earned the mark in the 50-yard Freestyle as she swam both in the preliminary race as well led off the 200 free relay. In addition, Vaitkus posted a time of 24.04 while Kilburn timed in at 24.51 to earn the qualifying time in the 50 free. Kilburn also notched a B-Cut time in the 100-yard back, clocking in at 55.45.


The team returns to action Saturday and will conclude the Invite.  The preliminary races start at 10 a.m. while the finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.