BAY CITY, Mi. The Northern Michigan University Women's Swimming and Diving Team has competed three weekends this season and have now won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week each time, as Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College) was honored with the accolade this week.
Soulas posted four individual victories over the weekend. In Saturday's meet at Grand Valley State University, she captured the 50-yard freestyle in 24.52. She then posted one of the nation's top times in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in at 52.34 to win the race.
Against Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday, she took the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.79, which qualified her for an NCAA B-Cut and is currently the sixth fastest time in the country. She also repeated her victory in the 100-yard freestyle, posting a top time of 52.54.
Her weekend included assisting the 200-yard medley relay team to victory Saturday as well as the 400-yard freestyle relay Sunday.
Soulas and the Wildcats return to PEIF Pool this Saturday and host University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The team's divers will visit University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Friday afternoon for added diving competition.
Helm wins again: sophomore Rachel Helm (Newcastle upon Tyne, England/Burnside College) totaled five wins over the weekend. At GVSU, Helm captured the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly. Sunday's meet saw Helm take the 50-yard freestyle. She then posted the nation's best time in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 55.70.
Bundzis sets a record: Junior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School) set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:47.52 on Saturday at Grand Valley State. This time places him second in NCAA Division II. Bundzis also collected a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
Spajic wins four: Freshman Gabriella Spajic (New South Wales, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla) took home four victories this past weekend. She won both 500-yard freestyle races, posting a best time of 5:05.04 to reach an NCAA B-Cut qualification. She also took home the 400-yard individual medley at GVSU and the 1000-yard freestyle at SVSU.
Budai's ranked sixth: Sophomore Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos) posted the nation's sixth best time in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.33 in the first leg of the 400-yard freestyle at Saginaw Valley Sunday. He also captured victory in the 100-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly over the weekend.
Probstfeld sweeps at SVSU: Junior Angela Probstfeld (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland) won both diving events at Saginaw Valley Sunday. She won the three-meter dive with a score of 275.70, and the one-meter dive by scoring 270.45.
Roovers goes for 1000: Junior Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia/Dharan) won both 1000-yard freestyle races. His best time of the weekend clocked in at 9:45.92. On Sunday, he also took the 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.20.