UINIVERSITY CENTER, Mi. The Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive teams wrapped up the third day of the 2020 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships Friday, February 21. The women's team continues to hold a firm grasp on first place with 704.5 points, while the men who won two of the events Friday evening, are placed in third with 443.5 points.
FIFTH FASTEST TIME IN THE NATION
The men's team took first in the 800-yard freestyle with a time of 6:45.95, which put them at the fifth fastest time in the country. The team consisted of sophomore Jon Busse (Stillwater, Minn.), freshman Ivan Amillo Escobedo (Valencia, Spain), senior Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany), and senior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary).
The women's 800-yard freestyle relay of freshman Michaela Nelson (Sun Prairie, Wis.), freshman Pilar Perello Ferrer (Inca, Spain), freshman Jenna Joerger (Eagan, Minn.), and senior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) placed second at 7:32.65.
ON THE PODIUM
In the 500-yard freestyle, freshman Maria Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) took fourth, finishing at 5:00.37. Following was Pasquire who finished seventh at 5:04.84.
In the men's race, Busse placed fourth, touching the wall at 4:32.25 while junior Ondrej Zach (Rudolfov, Czech Republic) hit the wall at 4:33.99 to claim sixth.
CRAZY FOR BACKSTROKE
Senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) finished second in the women's 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.44, just .03 seconds behind first place. Freshman Julianna Engesser (South Elgin, Ill.) claimed fifth in 57.20.
Budai won the men's 100-yard backstroke, taking the event with a time of 47.57 finals time. Freshman Erikas Kapocius (Ignalina, Lithuania) followed in seventh at 50.63.
FIRST PLACE FRESHMAN
For the women's 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.) placed sixth with a time of 1:05.03, directly followed by junior Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy), who took seventh at 1:05.12.
In the men's 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Roberto Camera (Rozzano, Italy) won the individual event with his time of 54.64.
SWEEP OF TOP THREE
The women's team took the top three spots on the podium in the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Meritxell Font Cantarero (Girona, Spain) won the event with a time of 2:02.35. Following was junior Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia) at 2:04.81. Nelson placed third, hitting the wall at 2:05.21. Junior Cassandra Clark (Newport News) swam a time of 2:08.71 to finish in seventh.
The men also saw success in the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Filpe Lemos (Curitiba, Brazil) took third, finishing at 1:49.84. Reinhold placed fifth with a time of 1:53.03 while Zach finished the trend by placing eighth at 1:54.45.
FINAL DIVE FOR WOMEN
Freshman Amanda Baird (Riverside, Calif.) placed fourth for the Wildcats in the 1-meter dive with 406.90 points. Sophomore Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind.) also made the podium with 385.50 for eighth place.
The Wildcats will conclude the GLIAC Championship meet Saturday, competing in the 1650-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, men's 3-meter dive, and the 400-yard freestyle relay