MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive comes back to the PEIF POOL this weekend to host their annual Wildcat Intrasquad and Skins Meet.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The teams visited the University of Wisconsin Green Bay this past weekend to take on the NCAA Division I Phoenix but were unable to take victory. The men's side fell 202-98 and picked up two victories in the meet. The women's side collected five wins on the day but ultimately fell 174-125.
| SENIOR DAY
This year, NMU features seven seniors who will be honored during the during break of Saturday's meet. Four men and three women will be honored. On the men's side, Michael Biclawski (Canton, Ohio), Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary), Maksim Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany) will be recognized. Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England), Jamie Kimble (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) will be honored from the women's team.
| FUN EVENTS
During the meet, the Wildcats will go for the pool record in the 800-yard Freestyle Relay. The race has not been swam in the PEIF Pool in nearly 10 years.
The meet will also include the annual All-Sport Relay, a race that sees other sports from NMU compete in a relay. This year, NMU lacrosse, the NMU golf teams and others will race each other.
| IN THE RANKINGS
Both the men's and women's teams continue to be ranked this season. Both squads dropped slightly in the rankings as they only competed once since the last rankings, and that was their meet against DI UWGB. The women's team is now ranked 14th but is the top-ranked Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team, ahead of Grand Valley State University who is 15th. No other GLIAC teams are ranked among the women.
The men's side sees NMU ranked 13th nationally and is one of two GLIAC teams in the rankings.
| WHAT ARE SKINS?
Saturday's meet also begins and ends with the Skins competition. To open the meet, all swimmers will swim a 100-yard individual medley. After everyone completes the race, the top eight performers will advance to the next round, occurring at the end of the meet. A representative will then draw a stroke (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) which the top eight men and women will swim. The top six will then advance and a new stroke will be selected. The top four advance once again and will compete with a different stroke. The final two men and women swimmers will then compete to be the 2020 Skins winner. The challenge to the Skins competition comes from possibly swimming strokes a participant may not proficient in, the competitors also receive little rest in between the races.
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, NMU will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.