SAGINAW, Mi. The Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive teams embarked in the 2020 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships Wednesday. Through their first day of finals, the women's team won two events and stand in first with 206.5 points while the men hold third with 123 points.
GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT
The 1000-yard freestyle proved to be a proud event for the Wildcats as both the men and women teams were among the top. On the women's side, junior Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia) claimed second place overall, touching the wall at 10:10.62. Following close behind was freshman Maria Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) who finished with a time of 10:17.02. For the men, junior Ondrej Zach (Rudolfov, Czech Republic) placed second with a time of 9:16.82.
TALENTED IN ALL FOUR STROKE
Senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) claimed the 200-yard individual medley for the women, hitting the wall at 2:03.10. Just behind Helm was freshman Michaela Nelson (Sun Prairie, Wis.), finishing at 2:04.22. Also in the top eight were freshman Jenna Joerger (Eagan, Minn.) and sophomore Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.) who finished sixth in 2:05.49 and eighth at 2:10.46, respectively.
The men also had success in the 200-yard individual medley, with three individuals placing in the top eight. Freshman Erikas Kapocius (Ignalina, Lithuania) hit the wall at 1:50.68 to claim fifth, followed immediately by sophomore Filpe Lemos (Curitiba, Brazil) at 1:52.60. Senior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany) finished the trend by touching seventh with a time of 1:53.47.
OVER IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
Junior Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.) took the 50-yard freestyle for the Wildcats, finishing in 23.51. Senior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary) made the podium for the men, placing sixth with a time of 20.52.
The women finished the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:44.40 for third overall. The team consisted of Joerger, Helm, freshman Meritxell Font Cantarero (Girona, Spain), and Vaitkus. The men's team of Budai, freshman Roberto Camera (Rozzano, Italy), sophomore Jon Busse (Stillwater, Minn.), and Amir Saman Khajegi (Mashhad, Iran) also took third in the event, touching the wall at 1:29.55.
Sophomore Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind.) led the Wildcats in the women's 3-meter dive. Grossman finished with a score of 441.95 to take second overall. Following her was freshman Amanda Baird (Riverside, Calif.) finished in fourth with 408.30 points, and senior Jamie Kimble (Prior Lake, Minn.) with 398.60 points to take seventh.
The Wildcats will hit the pool again for day two of competition Thursday, competing in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay, and the men's 1-meter dive.