JENISON, Mich. – For the third-straight day, sophomore Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England/Burnside College) took victory at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships as the Northern Michigan University Women's Swimming and Diving team completed day three.
Helm finished the 100-yard backstroke in 53.91 seconds to not only defend her own championship, but the time also qualified her for an NCAA A-Cut. In the same race, junior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa) posted a time of 56.03 for an NCAA B-Cut time. Junior Samantha Dickie (Canton, Mich./Mercy) and sophomore Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) also placed in the race.
Junior Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stevenson) opened the third day of finals by placing third in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:05.09. Freshman Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College), senior Hannah Crump (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview/South Dakota State), freshman Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.) and freshman Stefanie Rasmussen (Melrose, Minn.) also earned points for the Wildcats by earning their way to the finals.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy/Auerora Specialized Secondary School for Economic Field) took fifth with a time of 1:04.51 and junior Dana Stroven (Howell, Mich./Hartland) followed close behind with a time of 1:03.97.
The meet continued with the 200-yard butterfly where junior Emily Bell (London, England/Mill Hill) placed fourth with a time of 2:05.41. Freshman Gabriella Spajic (New South Wales, Australia/De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla) took fifth in 2:06.03. Freshman Cassandra Clark (Newport News, Va.) took seventh by touching in 2:07.34. NMU also saw junior Sara Foucault (Whitewater, Wis.) and junior Carolina Artacho (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Paralelo) place in the race.
Friday night also included the women's one-meter dive. Sophomore Jamie Kimble (Prior Lake, Minn.) finished fourth by posting 376.70 points.
The meet concluded with the 800-yard freestyle relay team placing second. The team of Spajic, Arakelian, Soulas and Helm finished in a time of 7:35.38.
The Wildcats finished the third day in third place with 576 points. Wayne State University is leading the meet with 644 points and while Grand Valley State University has 635 points. Saginaw Valley State University, Ashland University and Tiffin University.