CLEVELAND, Oh. The Men's Swim & Dive team for Northern Michigan University finished the first day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships with one individual victory.
MAKE IT FOUR
Senior Ryan Leonard (South Wales, Australia) won the 200-yard Individual Medley for the fourth time of his career, winning the race with a time of 1:47.10.
Senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia) was fifth in the race, finishing in 1:50.42. Senior Esteban Gutierrez (Chihuahua, Mexico) was eighth in a time of 1:54.07.
Freshman Lukas Bauer (Howell, Mich.) was ninth at 1:50.67 while freshman Jon Busse (Stillwater, Minn.) came in 10th with a time of 1:51.26. Senior Benjamin Lindberg (Skelleftea, Sweden) clocked in at 1:53.80 to give the Wildcats six swimmers to earn points in the race.
GETTING POINTS IN THE 1000
Senior Grantas Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania) finished fourth in the 1,000-yard Freestyle to lead the Wildcats. He clocked in at a time of 9:23.14. Junior Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia) was seventh in 9:26.22.
In 11th with a time of 9:33.82 was senior David Miranda (Vinaros, Spain).
In the 50-yard freestyle, junior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary) came in sixth place with a time of 20.44. Also earning points was senior Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K.), who timed in at 20.89 and freshman Henry Bauer (Redwood, City, Calif.) 21.23.
The Wildcats earned points from three divers in the 3-meter Dive. In seventh, Ryan Glover ( ) posted a score of 233.30. Senior Nathan Rotundo (Marquette, Mich.) finished eighth, scoring 190.15 points. Senior Curran Moffitt (Rochester Hills, Mich.) finished ninth by scoring 176.10 points.
The 200-yard Medley Relay team of senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia), senior Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica), junior Maksim Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Budai posted a time of 1:29.62 to finish third.
The Wildcats finished the first day of the GLIAC Championships in third place with 184 points. NMU trails leader Wayne State University by 22 points and Grand Valley State University by 12 points. They are leading fourth place, St. Cloud State University, by over 100 points.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday morning for preliminary races in the 400 IM, 100-yard Butterfly and the 200-yard Freestyle. Starting at 5:30, the finals will take place, with additional races of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 400-yard Medley Relay also included.
The Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive women's team saw two win individual Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Championships on the first day of this year's GLIAC Championships.
Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, Mich.) captured the 200-yard Individual Medley for the third-straight year by breaking her GLIAC and school record with a new record time of 2:00.79. That time was over two seconds faster than anyone else in the race.
The Wildcats also saw three others earn points in the race. Freshman Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.) was 11th in 2:09.05 while senior Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) was 12th as she clocked in at 2:09.35. Senior Sara Foucault (Whitewater, Wis.) rounded out the point earners and touched at 2:12.23.
TAKING THE 50
Sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England) gave the team their second champion as she captured the 50-yard Freestyle in a time of 23.57. Also placing in the top eight was sophomore Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), who finished in 24.53.
Senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), 24.44, junior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.), 24.81, and freshman Emma Love (Louisville, Ky.), 24.98, also gave NMU points in the race.
POINTS IN THE 1000
In the 1,000-yard Freestyle, three swimmers gave NMU points. In ninth was sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia), who touched the wall at 10:34.17. In 12th, Junior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) came in at 10:37.49. Sophomore Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy) was 15th with a time of 10:45.82.
THE NIGHT'S FINAL RACE
The day finished with the 200-yard Medley Relay. Kilburn, Helm, Irelan and Vaitkus captured second place, falling by less than a second. The NMU squad clocked in at 1:43.34.
The Wildcats are in third place after the first day with 122 points, trailing Wayne State University and Grand Valley State University. They lead Saginaw Valley State University, Ashland University and Davenport University.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday morning for preliminary races in the 400 IM, 100-yard Butterfly and the 200-yard Freestyle. The 1-meter dive takes place at 2:15. Starting at 5:30, the finals will take place, with additional races of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 400-yard Medley Relay also included.