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Women’s Swim & Dive Take Second at Calvin Invite

Women’s Swim & Dive Take Second at Calvin Invite

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive team took second place at the Calvin College Invitational. They also saw two relay teams earn NCAA qualifiers on the final day of the met.


During the morning preliminary races, the 400-yard Freestyle Relay set a new NMU and pool record of 3:26.17 on their way to earning the NCAA qualifying time.  The time was the fourth fastest time in Division II.  During the finals, the team of junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England), sophomore Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), and sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England) took first place. 

The 200-yard Medley Relay team of Kilburn, Helm, junior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) and Vaitkus posted a time of 1:43.41 to win the race and also earned an NCAA qualifying time.

  TOP 3 200 BACK

Helm took first place in the 200-yard Backstroke in a time of 1:57.33.  Coming in second was Kilburn with a time of 2:03.10 while senior Savanna Saunders (Manchester, England) took third in 2:03.54.  Taking eighth was senior Sara Foucault (Whitewater, Wis.). 


In the 100-yard Freestyle, Soulas took first place in 50.48.  Helm captured the 200-yard Individual Medley in 2:03.30. 

In the 3-meter Dive, freshman Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind.) claimed first with a final score of 413.25. 


Grand Valley State University won the meet with 1,662 points, with NMU closely behind with 1,610.  Calvin finished third with 1,430 points and University of Findlay was fourth with 1,346.  Eight teams comprised the women's meet.


The Wildcats will next compete while in Florida during their winter training sessions.  They then return to PEIF Pool to take on Division I foe University of Wisconsin Green Bay on Saturday, January 12.