47 National Champions

268 All-America Awards

Men’s Swim and Dive Rises In Fourth Season

Men’s Swim and Dive Rises In Fourth Season

Lauren Rotundo
Athletic Communications Intern

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive team finished their 2018-19 season as undefeated in their dual meets and taking first place at the Calvin College Invitational. Throughout the season, the team established one pool record and four team records.

In their regular season, the team went undefeated in their dual meets, during which senior Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica) swam a new pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke. The team went on to win the Calvin College Invitational for the first time, and at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships the team took second. In the NCAA National Championship the team earned seven All-American honors and eight Honorary All-American honors.

Junior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary) led the team at the GLIAC Championships, placing first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles. Budai was also a participant in the 800-yard freestyle relay with teammates junior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany), freshman Jon Busse (Stillwater, Minn.), and senior Grantas Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania). This relay has now won a GLIAC title for the past four-straight year. Individually senior Ryan Leonard (South Wales, Australia) captured the 200-yard individual medley for the fourth year in a row. Leonard then scored points in the 200-yard backstroke taking fourth, with senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia)  placing second and senior Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K.) snagging sixth in the 200 back.

Other successful relays within GLIACs included the 200-yard medley relay with Bundzis, Herrera, junior Maksim Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Budai placing third. The 200-yard freestyle relay got third as well, with a team of Bundzis, Kapustin, Henry Bauer (Howell, Mich.), and Cosgrove.

At the NCAA meet, Bundzis received two individual All-American honors for his swims in the 100- and 200- yard backstroke. Leonard received an All-American honor in the 200-yard individual medley, and was named an Honorary All-American in the 400-yard individual medley. Budai was named an Honorary All-American in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, and the 100-yard backstroke.

The 200-yard medley relay of Bundzis, Herrera, Budai, and Leonard broke the team record in the preliminary event, and then broke it again in the finals to earn Honorary All-American distinction. The 800-yard freestyle relay saw the team of Reinhold, Busse, Leonard, and Budai receive Honorary All-American honors for their performance.

The Wildcats celebrated their first senior class since the program restarted and will look to replace these 12 seniors with their returning three All-Americans and the experience gained in a successful season.