MARQUETTE, Mich. – The ranked Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive Teams return to home action as they take on Division I foe University of Wisconsin Green Bay in a dual meet Saturday in the PEIF Pool.
| FOLLOW ALONG
Saturday's meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will be available on Meet Mobile. A meet program is also available HERE.
| LAST TIME OUT
The team most recently competed in the Winter Training Open while in Florida. Prior to the break, the teams competed in the Calvin College Invitational where the men's team came away first while the women finished second place. In the meet, the women's team came away with eight victories. The men's team captured first in nine events.
| IN THE RANKINGS
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) have released their third TYR Top 25 Dual Meet Swimming and Diving Poll of the 2018-19 season. The poll aims to measure the top teams in head-to-head competition. Both the men's and women's teams can be found in the rankings.
The women's team is currently ranked 13th, one spot ahead of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference foes Wayne State University, and two behind Grand Valley State University. The GLIAC also features Saginaw Valley State University at 25th. NMU defeated GVSU earlier in the season.
The men's team is ranked 12th. GVSU is ranked third while WSU is eighth. The Wildcats defeated GVSU in a home meet earlier this season.
| ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
After the Calvin Invite, junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) was named GLIAC Women's Swim & Dive Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. Helm posted two NCAA A-Cut times, notching a 53.90 in the 100-yard Backstroke and a time of 1:56.81 in the 200-yard Backstroke. Her time of 2:03.30 in the 200-yard Individual Medley was an NCAA B-Cut qualifier. The junior took home victories in all three races.
Helm gives NMU a total of eight GLIAC Swim & Dive Athletes of the Week this season as atleast one team member has earned the honor after every week of full competition.
| LAST YEARS MEET
Last season, the men's team defeated the Division I Phoenix 166-134 while the women fell to 161-139. The men won 11 events on the day, including both relays, and six swimmers won individual races with three winning multiple. The women captured nine races, winning the opening relay and following with four swimmers claiming first place in two races each.