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Women's Swim & Dive Sees Two Take Victory On First Day of GLIAC Championships

Women's Swim & Dive Sees Two Take Victory On First Day of GLIAC Championships

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive women's team saw two win individual Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Championships on the first day of this year's GLIAC Championships.


Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, Mich.) captured the 200-yard Individual Medley for the third-straight year by breaking her GLIAC and school record with a new record time of 2:00.79. That time was over two seconds faster than anyone else in the race. 

The Wildcats also saw three others earn points in the race. Freshman Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.) was 11th in 2:09.05 while senior Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) was 12th as she clocked in at 2:09.35. Senior Sara Foucault (Whitewater, Wis.) rounded out the point earners and touched at 2:12.23.


Sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England) gave the team their second champion as she captured the 50-yard Freestyle in a time of 23.57.  Also placing in the top eight was sophomore Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), who finished in 24.53.

Senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), 24.44, junior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.), 24.81, and freshman Emma Love (Louisville, Ky.), 24.98, also gave NMU points in the race.


In the 1,000-yard Freestyle, three swimmers gave NMU points. In ninth was sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia), who touched the wall at 10:34.17. In 12th, Junior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) came in at 10:37.49. Sophomore Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy) was 15th with a time of 10:45.82.


The day finished with the 200-yard Medley Relay. Kilburn, Helm, Irelan and Vaitkus captured second place, falling by less than a second. The NMU squad clocked in at 1:43.34.


The Wildcats are in third place after the first day with 122 points, trailing Wayne State University and Grand Valley State University. They lead Saginaw Valley State University, Ashland University and Davenport University.


The Wildcats return to action Thursday morning for preliminary races in the 400 IM, 100-yard Butterfly and the 200-yard Freestyle. The 1-meter dive takes place at 2:15. Starting at 5:30, the finals will take place, with additional races of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 400-yard Medley Relay also included.