JENISON, Mich. – Junior Grantas Dapkus (Kaunas, Lithuania/Kaunas Saule) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Co-Swimmer of the Year while Heidi Voigt was named the GLIAC Men's Coach of the Year as the Northern Michigan University Men's Swimming and Diving Team concluded the GLIAC Championships.
Dapkus finished the Championship meet with two championships, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Voigt earned her second coach of the year award, last winning the honor during the 2015-16 season.
In the 200-yard backstroke, junior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School) had a big night when he swam into the first-place spot and broke the GLIAC overall record by .26 seconds with his time of 1:44.00. Junior Joshua Cosgrove (Bury, U.K./Bury College) placed fifth and received an NCAA B-cut at 1:48.61. Junior Ryan Leonard (South Wales, Australia/Toronto), junior David Miranda (Vinaros, Spain/IES Jose Viloplane) and senior David Wulffe (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) also gave the team points.
Sophomore Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos) made a splash in the 100-yard freestyle when he received first place with a B-cut time of 44.38. Sophomore Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle), sophomore Maks Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn./Henry Sibley) and freshman David Vowels (Oconomowoc, Mich.) also got points for the team.
Junior Janne Roovers (Khobar, Saudi Arabia/Dhahran) placed second in the 1650-yard freestyle with his time of 15:44.73 which earned him a B-cut. Dapkus also contributed points for the Wildcats.
To conclude the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Reinhold, Kapustin, Cosgrove and Budai posted a time of 3:01.62 to place third.
The Wildcats finished the meet in second place with 854 points, finishing behind the winner, Grand Valley State University. Several members of the team will continue their season at the NCAA National Championships in March. Others await their fate and will find out in the coming weeks.