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Helm Gets Second Victory at GLIAC Championships

Helm Gets Second Victory at GLIAC Championships

JENISON, Mich. – Northern Michigan University sophomore Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Burnside College) defended her 100-yard butterfly title to lead the NMU Swim and Dive team on the second day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

Helm posted a winning time of 55.20 seconds for her second-straight title in the 100-fly, and her second individual victory of this year's championship. 

Freshman Cassandra Clark (Newport News, Va.), sophomore Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) and junior Samantha Dickie (Canton, Mich./Mercy) also earned points in the 100-fly.

The night started with the 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), Dickie, junior Sara Foucault (Whitewater, Wisc.) and freshman Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.) placing third. 

In the next women's race, the 400-yard individual medley, the Wildcats saw six swimmers earn points.  Freshman Gabriella Spajic (South Wales, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla), freshman Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy/Auerora Specialized Secondary School for Economic Field), junior Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stevenson) and Foucault all finished in the A Final.   Clark and junior Emily Bell (London, England/Mill Hill) earned points in the B Final.

Freshman Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College) took second in the 200-yard freestyle, while senior Hannah Crump (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview) and Vaitkus also earned points. 

The women's meet concluded with the team of Kilburn, junior Dana Stroven (Howell, Mich./Hartland), Clark, and Soulas taking third in the 400-yard medley relay.

The Wildcats finish day two in third place with 366 points.  Behind leader Grand Valley State University by 40 points and Wayne State University by just 12 , the Wildcats lead Saginaw Valley State University, Ashland University and Tiffin University.