BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Swimming and Diving Teams swept all four events and posted three school records during day one of the Calvin Winter Invitational hosted by Calvin College.
The women began the night with a school record and met the NCAA qualifying time in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a winning time of 7:29.91. The relay team was composed of sophomore Rachel Helm (Newcastle upon Tyne, England/Burnside College), freshman Gabby Spajic (New South Wales, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla), senior Hannah Crump (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview/South Dakota State) and freshman Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College). The team's time is currently second in the nation.
Spajic then captured a first-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle at 17:08.56 which earned her another NCAA B-cut.
The men's team of sophomore Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos), junior Ryan Knox-Leonard (South Wales, Australia/Toronto), junior Grantas Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania/Kaunas Saule) and sophomore Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany) earned first place and the NCAA B-cut in the 800-yard freestyle relay with an NMU record-breaking time of 6:36.60. With their time, the men's relay is now fourth among Division II swimming.
Junior Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia/Dhahranswam) swam to first place in the men's 1650-yard freestyle and broke the school record, posting a time of 15:43.52 earned him an NCAA B-cut. In the same race, Grantas Dapkus claimed second place and also qualified for the NCAA B-cut.
The women are leading the meet with a score of 251 while the men notched 303 points to take first place heading into the second day.
The Wildcats return Friday evening after multiple members advanced to the second day of finals.