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Helm Wins Second Title on Day Two of GLIAC Championships

Helm Wins Second Title on Day Two of GLIAC Championships

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive women's team took home one individual victory on day two of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.


Junior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) captured her second victory at the GLIAC Championships by winning the 100-yard Butterfly. Helm clocked in with a winning time of 55.06.

NMU got more points as three more swimmers also placed. freshman Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.), 57.34, finished seventh. Freshman Emma Love (Louisville, Ky.) took 10th in a time of 58.27 while junior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.), 58.73, was the next finisher.


The evening started with the 200-yard Freestyle Relay team of sophomore Lena Soulas (London, England), sophomore Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), senior Regan Kilburn (Muscatine, Iowa) and Helm claimed second place. The team clocked in at 1:33.34, which was just .4 seconds off the leader.


Senior Savanna Saunders (Manchester, England) finished in fifth place with a time of 4:31.31 to lead the team in the 400-yard Individual Medley. Sophomore Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia) was right behind in sixth place with a time of 4:33.26.

Senior Becca Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) finished 11th with a time of 4:33.13. Sophomore Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy) also got points by timing in at 4:36.50.


Soulas came in second place in the 200-yard Freestyle and posted a time just .2 seconds shy of a school record, 1:49.34 Junior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) finished 13th, 1:55.73, and Vaitkus was right behind at a time of 1:55.83.


The team saw three divers score points in the 1-meter Dive. Junior Jamie Kimble (Prior Lake, Minn.) came in fifth and posted a score of 385.15. Freshman Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind.) finished seventh and posted a score of 379.45. Senior Angela Probstfeld (White Lake, Mich.), who scored 370.45 points in the finals, came in ninth.


The last event of the night was the 400-yard Medley Relay. Taking third place with a time of 3:47.49 was the team of Kilburn, senior Dana Stroven (Howell, Mich.), Arnold and Soulas.


The Wildcats are currently third after the second day of the GLIAC Championships with 340 points. The team trails Wayne State University and Grand Valley State University.


The Wildcats return to action Friday for the 500-yard Freestyle, the 100-yard Backstroke, the 100-yard Breaststroke, the 200-yard Butterfly and the first heat of time finals of the women's 800-yard Freestyle Relay. The men's 1-meter Dive takes place at 2:15 with the finals beginning at 5:30. The second heat of the women's 800-yard Freestyle Relay and the men's 800 Free Relay are scheduled to being at 8:15.