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Swim & Dive Heads to the GLIAC Championships

Swim & Dive Heads to the GLIAC Championships

Marquette, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive teams will be competing at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships this week.


The meet begins Wednesday morning and will finish on Saturday night. The days will begin with preliminary races at 10 a.m., while diving begins at 2 p.m. Finals for each day will begin at 5 p.m.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

The meet can be followed using meet mobile and potentially a live video feed. Once provided, links to follow the meet will be provided on the NMU Swimming & Diving Schedule page. 

Video Link: https://www.gliac.org/tournaments/swimdive/2018-19/Blueframe

The team has also made a video in preparation for this year's GLIAC Championships. To take a look, click here.

  LOOKING BACK

Last year the men's team placed second with 854 points, while the women placed third with 755.5 points. Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Burnside College) was named Women's Swimmer of the Year while junior Grantas Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania/Kaunas Saule) was named a Male Co-Swimmer of the Year winner. Coach Heidi Voigt was named Men's Swimming and Diving Coach of the year. This year the Wildcats both look to take victories after an undefeated dual meet season by the men while the women's team only suffered one loss, falling to Bowling Green State University, an NCAA Division I team.

  SWIMMERS OF THE WEEK

This year, NMU saw multiple GLIAC Athlete of the Week honors. Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Burnside College) received the award four times, while sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla) and freshman Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind./Northridge) each received the honor once. For the men's team, senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School) was recognized twice and junior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle) was honored early in the season.

  GOING IN STRONG

Within the GLIAC, the Wildcats hold many of the top times. For the women, Helm holds the fastest time in the 100 yard backstroke, 200 yard backstroke, and 200 yard individual medley. Sophomores Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College),  Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind./Munster High School) and Spajic each hold top places of their own. Soulas has the 100 yard and 200 yard freestyles, Vaitkus has the 50 yard freestyle, and Spajic holds the 200 yard butterfly. Grossman holds the highest score for diving in the three meter, and is second on the one meter, while senior Angela Probstfeld (White Lake, Mich/Lakeland) is third on both boards.

  MENS LEADERS

On the men's side, the top three spots for the 200 yard freestyle goes to Reinhold, freshman Jonathan Busse (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater), and junior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos), with Reinhold and Busse tying for first. Senior Grantus Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania/Kaunas Saule) holds the fastest time in the 500 yard freestyle. For the 200 yard butterfly, senior David Miranda (Vinaros, Spain/IES Jose Viloplane) is first while senior Ryan Leonard (South Wales, Australia/Toronto) is placed as third.

  RELAY SEASON

The men's 800 yard freestyle relay team is first in their conference with a time of 6:37.59. The Wildcats go into GLIACS as undefeated since the men's team started reformed in 2015. The women's team has the fastest time in both the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays.

  MEET SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY FINALS:                                                                                     

Women 1000 Freestyle
Men 1000 Freestyle
Women 200 IM
Men 200 IM
Women 50 Freestyle
Men 50 Freestyle
Men 3-meter Diving
Women 200 Medley Relay
Men 200 Medley Relay

THURSDAY FINALS:
Women 200 Freestyle Relay
Men 200 Freestyle Relay
Women 400 IM
Men 400 IM
Women 100 Butterfly
Men 100 Butterfly
Women 200 Freestyle
Men 200 Freestyle
Women 1-meter Dive
Women 400 Medley Relay
Men 400 Medley Relay

FRIDAY FINALS:
Women 500 Freestyle
Men 500 Freestyle
Women 100 Backstroke
Men 100 Backstroke
Women 100 Breaststroke
Men 100 100 Breaststroke
Women 200 Butterfly
Men 200 Butterfly
Men 1-meter Diving
Women 800 Freestyle Relay
Men 800 Freestyle Relay 

SATURDAY FINALS:
Women 1650 Freestyle
Men 1650 Freestyle
Women 100 Freestyle
Men 100 Freestyle
Women 200 Backstroke
Men 200 Backstroke
Women 200 Breaststroke
Men 200 Breaststroke
Women 3-meter Dive
Women 400 Freestyle Relay
Men 400 freestyle Relay