MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive Teams finish their home schedule Saturday in their annual Intrasquad and Skins meet. During the meet, the team will honor their seniors.
| FOLLOW ALONG
Saturday's meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will be available on Meet Mobile. A meet program is also available HERE
| LAST TIME OUT
Last Saturday, the team took on Division I University of Wisconsin Green Bay and both teams came away with victory. The women's team defeated the Phoenix won with an overall score of 174-120 to give the Wildcats their first-ever victory over the DI foe. The men's team defeated UWGB for the second straight year, winning the meet 164-132.
| SENIOR DAY
During the meet, the teams will honor their seniors. The men's team will go first and will honor their seniors at the first break. The seniors include Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia), Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K.), Grantas Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania), Kyle Flickinger (Brimley, Mich.), Esteban Gutierrez (Chihuahua, Mexico), Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica), Ryan Leonard (South Wales, Australia), Benjamin Lindberg (Skelleftea, Sweden), David Miranda (Vinaros, Spain), Curran Moffitt (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia) and Nathan Rotundo (Marquette, Mich.).
The women will be celebrated prior to the Skins competition. Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.), Carolina Artacho (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Emily Bell (London, England), Samantha Dickie (Canton, Mich.), Sara Foucault (Whitewater, Wis.), Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), Mackenzie Mentel (Missoula, Mont.), Angela Probstfeld (White Lake, Mich.), Savanna Saunders (Manchester, England), Dana Stroven (Howell, Mich.) and Taylor Susa (Buffalo, Minn.).
| ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
After three individual victories in the past meet with UW Green Bay, junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athlete Conference Women's Swim & Dive Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season. Helm touched first in the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, and 100-yard butterfly.
| MIXING IT UP
The intersquad meet adds a twist to the meets the team typically competes in. The meet will include a mixed 200-yard butterfly, a mixed men's 100 and a mixed 500-yard freestyle. Additionally, the meet will feature other athletes. Adding to the fun, the team's divers, plus members of the football team, the men's soccer team, the women's lacrosse team, the volleyball team and skiers will all race against each other to see who can swim their way to a relay win.
| WHAT ARE SKINS
Saturday's meet also begins and ends with the Skins competition. To open the meet, all swimmers will swim a 100-yard individual medley. After everyone completes the race, the top eight performers will advance to the next round, occurring at the end of the meet. A representative will then draw a stroke (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) which the top eight men and women will swim. The top six will then advance and a new stroke will be selected. The top four then advance and will compete with a different stroke. The final two men and women swimmers will then compete to be the 2019 Skins winner. The challenge to the Skins competition comes from possibly swimming strokes a participant may not proficient in, the competitors also receive little rest in between the races.