NMU Swimmers and Diver earn conference accolades

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BAY CITY, Mi. Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive saw three student-athletes earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swim & Dive Athletes of the Week over the past twoo weeks.

Sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla) captured three first-place victories in the Wildcats double-dual meet win over GLIAC foes Grand Valley State University and Saginaw Valley State University. She started the meet by posting an NCAA B-Cut time of 10:23.36 in the 1,000-yard Freestyle. She then went on to win the 200-yard Butterfly in 2:08.65 and the 500-yard Freestyle by touching the wall at 5:05.80.

Senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School) captured two victories and helped a relay win as the men's team also picked up two wins over GVSU and SVSU. He started the meet by helping the 200-yard Medley Relay team earn a victory. Individually, he then captured the 100-yard Backstroke with a time of 50.04 and claimed the 200-yard Backstroke in 1:50.13.

Freshman Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind./Northridge) won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives in the team's lone meet at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In the 1-meter, the freshman won with a score of 278.50. She posted a winning score of 287.55 to claim the 3-meter.

Nationally, the women's team has moved up to 8th in the College Swimming Coaches Association of American rankings while the men's have moved up to 11th. Both teams were ranked 13th previously. The men's team is currently undefeated in dua meets, while the women's team is 9-1 on the season with the lone loss coming against Division I Bowling Green State University.

The Wildcats have earned Athlete of the Week honors every week they have competed this season. NMU will return to action November 29 as the team takes part in the three-day Calvin College Invitational.