MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Northern Michigan University's Swimming and Diving Teams return to action this week as they visit Grand Valley State University and Saginaw State University.
The weekend begins by taking on Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The squad will then return on Sunday by visiting Saginaw Valley at 11 a.m. Sunday.
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GLIAC Swimmers of the Week: The women's team has seen action twice this season, and have received GLIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week after both weekends. Sophomore Rachel Helm (Newcastle upon Tyne, England/Burnside College) earned the honor after the first week, while freshman Gabriella Spajic (New South Wales, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College) was selected the second week.
Leading the way: Sophomore Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos) leads the men's team with ten first-place finishes on the season, posting multiple winning times in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle. Helm features 11 first-place finishes to lead the women's side and features top times in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke.
Dive right in: Junior Angela Probstfeld (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland) has won seven of eight diving events this season. In the one event she didn't win, she ended up qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Lucky sevens: Junior Ryan Knox-Leonard (South Wales, Australia/Toronto), junior Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica/Saint Jude) and junior Grantas Dupkas (Kaunas, Lithuania/Kaunas Saule) have each won seven races on the season.
Women's leaders: Spajic has nine first-place finishes, having won three races in two different meets. Freshman Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College) has produced six race victories, dominating in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
Men's relay dominance: The Wildcats have shown dominance in the relay races, as the men's team swept both meets in their last weekend of action. The team of junior Estaban Gutierrez Chihuahua, Mexico/Colojio De Buchilleres SEA), Dapkus, junior Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K./Bury College) and Budai won the 400-yard freestyle in 3:09.77. Junior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School), Herrera, Knox-Leonard and sophomore Jonas Reinhard (Nienhagen, Germany) captured the 400-yard medley in 3:28.61.
Women sweep the relays: In their last meet, the women's 400-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), sophomore Victoria Reese (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard South), sophomore Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) and Helm won in a time of 3:37.83. Junior Carolina Artacho (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Paralelo), junior Dana Stroven (Howell, Mich./Hartland), Spajic and Soulas teamed for a time of 3:57.78 to win the 400-yard medley relay.
Last time out: Both teams come into the weekend undefeated. The men's team has defeated Findlay University and St. Cloud State University in dual meets. On the women's side, they defeated St. Cloud, Minnesota State-Moorhead and Northern State University in three separate dual meets at St. Cloud State. They also defeated Findlay University earlier in the season.
Grand Valley State at a glance: The Grand Valley State men's team enters at 3-0 on the season and have won GLIAC Swimmers of the Week on two occasions. The women's team is 3-1 on the season, with the loss coming to DI University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Saginaw Valley State at a glance: The Cardinal's men's squad also enters at 3-0 on the season, having defeated two Division III teams and Findlay University. The women's side defeated Alma College and Kalamazoo College but fell to Findlay.