JENISON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Swimming and Diving Team completed the first day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and came away with two first place finishes.
Junior Grantas Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania/Kaunas Saule) captured first place in the men's 1000-yard freestyle with a time of nine minutes, 19.96 seconds. Junior Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia/Dhahran) finished close behind and took second place in a time of 9:21.48. Dapkus, Roovers and junior David Miranda (Vinaros, Spain/IES Jose Viloplane), who posted a time of 9:33.43, all posted NCAA B-Cut provisional times. Sophomore Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle) also earned points in the race.
In the men's 200-yard individual medley, Ryan Leonard (South Wales, Australia/Toronto) won for the third-straight year, taking first place in 1:47.81. Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School), with a time of 1:51.35, took sixth as the pair both earned NCAA B-Cuts. Junior Estaban Gutierrez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Colojio De Buchilleres SEA) and junior Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica/Saint Jude) gave NMU additional points.
In the men's 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos) took fifth and earned an NCAA B-Cut with a time of 20.58. Junior Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K./Bury College), sophomore Maks Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn./Henry Sibley) and freshman David Vowels (Oconomowoc, Mich.) also competed in the finals and got points.
Finishing the day was the men's 200-yard medley relay team of Bunzis, Herrera, Cosgrove and Budai taking third place.
As a team, NMU trails the leader, Grand Valley State University, by just half a point, down 165.5-165. The Wildcats are 18 points ahead of third place, Wayne State University. Ashland University, Saginaw Valley State University and Tiffin University round out the competition.