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Women's Swim & Dive Beats Findlay in Opener Friday

Women's Swim & Dive Beats Findlay in Opener Friday

Lauren Rotundo
Athletics Communications Intern

MARQUETTE, MICH. - The Northern Michigan University Women's Swim & Dive team started their 2019-20 season off with a dual meet victory against the University of Findlay, winning 169 to 85.

  THE RELAYS TAKE IT

NMU swept both the 125-yard medley and the 125-yard freestyle relays. In the medley was senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England), sophomore Briana Arnold (Black Creek, Wis.), senior Madelyn Irelan (Owosso, Mich.), and freshman Michaela Nelson (Sun Prairie, Wis.). Competing in the freestyle relay was Helm, freshman Pilar Perello Ferrer (Inca, Spain), junior Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), junior Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia), and Nelson.

  HELM WINS HER RACES

Helm took both of her individual events. Starting with the 25-yard backstroke she touched the wall at 12.37, and in the 75-yard backstroke she won in 42.16.

  MEET YOU AT THE FINISH

Many Wildcats made it through the meet with individual wins. Vaitkus took the 25-yard freestyle with a time of 11.79. Nelson won the 75-yard freestyle with a time of 39.04, followed by fellow Wildcat Perello-Ferrer who took second at 39.58. Irelan won the 25-yard butterfly with a time of 11.87. Sophomore Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind.) took the 3-meter dive for NMU with a score of 237.15. 

  TOP THREE

Freshman Maria Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) won the 175-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.38. Arakelian was followed by freshman Francesca Gastrow (Hartland, Wis.) who touched at 1:42.72, and Spajic who took third for the Wildcats with a time of 1:44.81.

  TOP FOUR

Four Wildcats took the top four places in the 75-yard butterfly. Meritxell Font Cantarero (Girona, Spain) started the trend off, touching the wall at 42.04. Freshman Jenna Joerger (Eagan, Minn.) took second with 43.22. Arnold touched just behind at 43.62 for third, and freshman Lauren Melendez-Rivero (El Paso, Texas) placed fourth with a time of 44.21.

  UP NEXT

The Wildcats compete again tomorrow in the PEIF pool beginning at 10 a.m.