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Wildcat Swim and Dive Opens Calvin College Invite With Record Breaking Performances

Wildcat Swim and Dive Opens Calvin College Invite With Record Breaking Performances

Athletics Communications Intern

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive teams competes this weekend at the Calvin College Invitational. Thursday marked the first of the three day competition and consisted of relays and distance events. The women's team finished it off with 206 points, putting them in second place behind Grand Valley State University with 235 points. The men reached 164 points, placing them third behind Calvin College and GVSU.




Both teams found success in their 800-yard freestyle relays. The women's A relay finished second with a time of 7:37.02. Freshman Maria Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) led the squad followed by freshman Francesca Gastrow (Hartland, Wis.), freshman Meritxell Font Cantarero (Girona, Spain), and freshman Pilar Perello Ferrer (Inca, Spain). The B relay was close behind, taking fourth at 7:45.27. Competing in this relay was sophomore Emma Love (Louisville, Ky.), senior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England), junior Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia), and sophomore Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy) as the anchor.


The men's 800-yard freestyle A relay touched first, finishing at 6:38.86 with a team of senior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary), senior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany), sophomore Jon Busse (Stillwater, Minn.), and freshman Ivan Amillo Escobedo (Valencia, Spain). The Wildcat men's B relay consisting of junior Amir Saman Khajegi (Mashhad, Iran), sophomore Henry Bauer (Howell, Mich.), freshman Erikas Kapocius (Ignalina, Lithuania), and senior Maksim Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn.) stayed in the top five, taking fifth with a time of 6:51.67.


Junior Ondrej Zach (Rudolfov, Czech Republic) dominated for the men in his distance events. Zach touched second in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:26.97, setting new team records for two events during this single event. Zach swam the first 1000 yards at a split of 9:16.45, going 1.39 seconds faster than the previous NMU record. He crushed the previous 1650 record by 16.55 seconds. These qualified as NCAA invite times for both events.


Northern's women took three of the top five spots in the final for the 1650-yard freestyle. Arakelian finished third at 17:26.44. Pasquire touched the wall fourth with a time of 17:30.70. Gastrow finished it up for NMU by taking fifth at 17:34.05.


The Wildcats return tomorrow for day two of the Calvin College Invitational. Tomorrow's events include the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 400-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay, women's 1-meter diving, and men's 3-meter diving. The preliminary events begin at 10 AM and the finals begin at 6 PM.