UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mi. The Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive teams finished the 2020 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, February 21. The women's team won with 927.5 points, clinching their seventh title in school history and the first since 2002. The men took third overall with 653.5 points.
ON THE PODIUM
In the 1650-yard freestyle, junior Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia) placed third with a time of 17:05.65. Following was freshman Maria Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) in fourth, finishing at 17:11.09. Senior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) also made the podium, touching the wall in 17:28.37 for seventh overall.
Junior Ondrej Zach (Rudolfov, Czech Republic) placed second in the men's race, hitting the wall at 15:33.06.
BOTH EVENTS TAKEN BY WILDCATS
In the 100-yard freestyle, freshman Michaela Nelson (Sun Prairie, Wis.) won the event, swimming a 51:50 time. Junior Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.) took fourth finishing at 52.37. Junior Lena Soulas (London, England) finished with a time of 52.83 to take sixth.
For the men's 100-yard freestyle, senior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary) won, hitting the wall at 44.31. Senior Maksim Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn.) took eighth with a time of 46.29.
Senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) took first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:58.90. Freshman Jenna Joerger (Eagan, Minn.) followed with a 2:01.81 finish to take fourth.
Sophomore Filpe Lemos (Curitiba, Brazil) and freshman Erikas Kapocius (Ignalina, Lithuania) stuck together in the men's 200-yard backstroke taking third and fourth with times of 1:49.64 and 1:49.86 respectively.
BREASTSTROKE, BEST STROKE
In the 200-yard breaststroke, junior Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy) placed third at 2:21.14. Sophomore Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.) made the podium for eighth, hitting the wall at 2:30.53.
Freshman Roberto Camera (Rozzano, Italy) placed third for the men, finishing at 1:59.94.
RELAYS TO FINISH THE MEET
For the final event of the meet, the women took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:27.17. The team consisted of Nelson, Helm, Soulas, and Vaitkus.
The men's 400-yard freestyle relay had a team of Camera, Kapustin, sophomore Henry Bauer (Howell, Mich.), and freshman Ivan Amillo Escobedo (Valencia, Spain), who finished at 3:01.37 for second.
For those swimmers who qualified, the team will be moving on to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships, beginning March 10 through the 14th in Geneva, Ohio.