CLEVELAND, Oh. Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) won her third individual championship as the Northern Michigan University Women's Swim & Dive team completed its third day at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
For the third straight year, Helm claimed victory in the 100-yard backstroke, posting a winning time of 54.35. She has now won individual championships in the 100-yard Butterfly and the 200-yard Individual Medley.
Senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa) took third with a time of 55.29 and senior Savanna Saunders (Manchester, England) placed 10th at 58.16.
THE FIRST RACE
The evening began with the the 500-yard Freestyle. The Wildcats saw sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England) place eighth with a time of 5:05.93, while junior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) placed 12th with a time of 5:07.64 and senior Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) took 15th, touching the wall at 5:11.50.
The 100-yard Breaststroke saw senior Dana Stroven (Howell, Mich.) touch at 1:04.45 for fifth place. Following Stroven was freshman Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.), who placed sixth with a time of 1:05.05. Sophomore Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy) posted a time of 1:06.33 for 10th place.
Four swimmers earned points for NMU in the 200-yard butterfly. Senior Emily Bell (London, England) started off the trend placing third with a time of 2:05.34, and sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia) touched fourth at 2:05.63. Senior Sara Foucault (Whitewater, Wis.) finished 13th with a time of 2:12.59, with freshman Emma Love (Louisville, Ky.) following her in 14th with a time of 2:12.60.
THE NIGHT'S FINALE
The night ended with the women placing sixth in the 800-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 7:48.70. The team consisted of Pasquire, Arnold, Arakelian, and sophomore Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.).
The Wildcats are currently third after the second day of the GLIAC Championships with 500 points.
The team will begin it's fourth and final day of the conference meet tomorrow starting with preliminary races at 10 AM, which include the 100 freestyle, 200 back, 200 breast, and heats of the 1650 freestyle. Women's preliminary diving begins at 2:15, and swimming finals begin at 5:30, which will include the 400 freestyle relay.