MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The women's swimming and diving team set two school records and also saw four individuals and a relay team achieve provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships as Northern Michigan University defeated Findlay 182-112 in Saturday's dual meet.
Sophomore Rachel Helm (Newcastle upon Tyne, England / Burnside College) swam 2:00.76 in the 200-yard backstroke to set a new PEIF Pool record and an NCAA B-Cut provisional qualification. She also won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.78.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Helm, junior Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich. / Livonia Stevenson), sophomore Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) and freshman Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College) set a PEIF Pool record by finishing in 1:46.12.
Freshman Gabriella Spajic (New South Wales, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla) ended up leading the Wildcats with three victories. She won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.08. She also earned NCAA B-Cut qualifications in the 200-yard butterfly, 2:05.33, and the 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 2:09.53.
Soulas won two races for NMU, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.95, and the 100-yard freestyle in 52.92.
In the diving events, the Wildcats saw two earn provisional NCAA qualifications. In one-meter diving, sophomore Jamie Kimble (Prior Lake, Minn.) won the event with a score of 271.35 while junior Angela Probstfeld (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland) also earned NCAA qualification with a score of 255.55. In the three-meter dive, Probstfeld scored 265.20 to qualify again.
Sophomore Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England/Bedford Modern School) won the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:47.79 and Arakelian claimed the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.59.
Rounding out individual victories were junior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), 59.17 in the 100-yard backstroke, and freshman Cassandra Clark (Newport News) posting a time of 59.39 in the 100-yard butterfly.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Soulas, freshman Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), Spajic and Helm closed out the meet to win in a time of 1:38.04
The team will return to the water next weekend as they visit St. Cloud State University to take on St. Cloud, Minnesota State-Moorhead and Northern State University.