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Swim & Dive Honors Seniors as Helm & Bundzis Claim Skins Competition

Swim & Dive Honors Seniors as Helm & Bundzis Claim Skins Competition

Lauren Rotundo
Athletics Communications Intern


MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive teams swam in their final meet before championship season and celebrated Senior Day as part of their annual Intrasquad and Skins Meet.


Senior day went on throughout the meet as the 24 seniors were recognized. The men's team went first, honoring seniors, 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 Moffit (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia), and Nathan Rotundo (Marquette, Mich.).

For the women's team, the seniors honored included, 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 Sousa (Buffalo, Minn.).


The final home meet of the season came with a lot of excitement as three swimmers broke four pool records. Junior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) started the trend off in the 50-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 25.58. Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) then went on to make two new pool records with a time of 29.44 in the 50-yard breaststroke, as well as the 100-yard butterfly, getting a 56.22. For the men's team, Herrera got a pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:03.91. Herrera also took first in the 50-yard breaststroke with a 26.42.


For a fun twist in the meet, the Wildcats invited their fellow athletes to compete against each other in the pool. Four teams stepped up to the challenge, as the volleyball, women's lacrosse, and men's soccer team took on the divers. Though the race was close, the men's soccer team came out victorious, followed by the divers, then lacrosse, and finally volleyball.


The tradition of the Wildcat skins portion of the meet continued on. Competing on the women's side was Helm, freshman Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.), sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia), freshman Lucy Londergon (Minooka, Ill.), sophomore Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy), Foucault, Arakelian, and Saunders. Competing for the men's team was Leonard, Bundzis, junior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany), Miranda, freshman Lukas Bauer (Redwood City, Calif.), Cosgrove, Gutierrez, and junior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary). The winners for the men's and women's team respectively was Helm and Bundzis.


The Wildcats will now enjoy a month from competition while they prepare for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, starting Wednesday, February 20.