MARQUETTE, Mich. – Juniors Rachel Helm (New Castle, England/Burnside College) and Jonas Reinhold (Nienhagen, Germany/Holty Gymnasium-Celle) both took home Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Swimmer of the Week honors as the Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive teams host their first meets of the season this weekend as the men's team hosts St. Cloud State University in dual meets Friday night and Saturday while the women's team hosts SCSU and Northern State University in double dual meets both days.
| FOLLOW ALONG
Friday's meet begins at 6 p.m. while Saturday's meet begins at 11 a.m. Both meets feature the same teams, with the men's team facing just SCSU due to Northern State not having a men's swim team.
Both days meet can also be followed live on Meet Mobile.
FRIDAY'S GAME DAY PROGRAM: https://bit.ly/2CBEXj9
SATURDAY'S GAME DAY PROGRAM: https://bit.ly/2OfsKa2
| LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend, the Wildcats took on the University of Findlay Friday evening in a meet that consisted of many mixed relays, and NMU won 12 of the 16 total races. Altogether, the Wildcats won the meet 1135.5 to 933.5.
Saturday saw the teams travel to Bowling Green State University where the team's again took on UF but the women also swam against BGSU. There is no men's team for Bowling Green.
The men's team beat UF by winning 14 of the 16 races. On the women's side, NMU also defeated Findlay but fell to Division I BGSU in a double dual.
| GLIAC WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
In Saturday's meet, Helm won the 200-yard Backstroke with a time of 1:59.73, beating her opponents by nearly eight seconds. Her time leads the country by four seconds and is an NCAA B-Cut qualifying time. Helm also won the 100-yard Backstroke on Saturday by over a second and helped the team to a first-place finish in her 200-yard Medley Relay. On Friday, she won the 100-yard Individual Medley.
| GLIAC MEN'S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Reinhold helped lead a successful Saturday meet for the men's team, winning two individual races and was a member of a winning relay. Reinhold won the 200-yard Butterfly in 1:56.81, and the 500-yard Freestyle with a time of 4:48.34.
| BEATING THE D1
To start Saturday's meet with BGSU and UF, the women's 200-yard Medley Relay team defeated the Division I Falcons to give NMU an early race victory. Senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa), Helm, junior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.) and sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England/Woodhouse College) timed in at 1:47.18 to win.
| TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
Another leader of the men's team was Arnoldo Herrera (Heredia, Costa Rica/St. Jude). Herrera took the 100-yard and 200-yard Breaststroke on Saturday. Additionally, Herrara, along with senior Renars Bundzis (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School), Maks Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn./Henry Sibley), and Lajos Budai (Kesckemet, Hungary/Bolyai Janos), won the 200-yard Medley Relay.
| MAKING A SPLASH
Freshman Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind./Northridge) took the women's 1-meter Dive. This was Grossman's first meet as a Wildcat and with her score of 264.53, she became an NCAA Qualifier for the national meet at the end of the season.
| COMEBACK GIRL
Senior Angela Probstfeld (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland) missed the 2018 NCAA Championships due to injury. In her first meet back this season, the senior posted a score of 236.48 to capture the women's 3-meter Dive.