MARQUETTE, Mi. The Northern Michigan University swim and dive program will have 19 representatives at the upcoming NCAA Division II National Championship meet next month in Geneva, Ohio, March 10-14. Eight swimmers have qualified for individual races while an additional seven will travel to compete in relay events. The team will also have four divers competing in the pre-qualifying round as Amanda Baird, Jamie Kimble, Micah Currie and Ryan Leach all look to secure a spot in the championship round later in the week.
On the men's side, the team will be represented by Ivan Amillo-Escobedo, Lajos Budai, Roberto Camera, and Ondrej Zach. Just missing the podium at the GLIAC Championship meet, Amillo-Escobedo qualified for the meet in both the 100 and the 200 freestyle events. Stepping on the highest block on the podium for the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle at the GLIAC Championship, Budai qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 100 free, 200 free and the 100 back. Camera won the 100 back event at the recent GLIAC Championships, earning himself a spot at the upcoming NCAA meet while Zach, qualifying for the NCAA meet in the 1000 and 1650 free events, won silver in his last outing at the league meet, helping his team to a third place overall finish.
Also traveling to Ohio to compete in relays will be Jon Busse (800 free relay), Felipe Lemos (400 medley relay), Jonas Reinhold (800 free relay) and Amir Saman-Khajegi (200 free relay).
Representing the women's team will be Meritxell Font-Cantarero, Jenna Joerger, Michaela Nelson and Gabriella Spajic as they all swam individual qualifying times over the course of the season to punch their ticket to the championship meet. Font-Cantarero will represent the women's team in the 200 fly after being crowned champion at the GLIAC meet in the event. In the 100 back at the GLIAC Championships, Joerger finished just off the podium, winning the B final heat and earning her spot at the NCAA championship meet. Nelson won gold in her last 100 free swim, finishing first overall at the GLIAC championship meet, to clinch a spot at the upcoming NCAA meet in the event and claiming a spot at the NCAA champions hip meet in both the 1000 free and 1650 free, Spajic most recently medaled in both events at the conference championship meet last weekend. In the 1000 free she took silver with a finishing time of 10:10.62 before clinching bronze with her third place 1650 time of 17:05.65.
Briana Arnold (400 medley relay), Jules Engesser (200 free relay) and Margaret Vaitkus (200 free relay) will also suit up for the Wildcat women in multiple relay events next month as the team competes for another title this season.