MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's and Women's Swim & Dive teams head to Fargo, North Dakota this weekend to compete in the Dragon Invite at the Hulbert Aquatic Center.
The meet features Minnesota State University Moorhead, NMU, Northern State University, St. Cloud State University and the University of South Dakota on the women's meet. The men's side will include South Dakota, NMU and St. Cloud State.
| FOLLOW ALONG
Live Results: available on the Meet Mobile app.
| LAST TIME OUT
NMU opened the season last weekend saw both teams defeat the University of Findlay Friday evening and Saturday morning. On Friday, the men's team defeated the Oilers 153-101 while the women took a 169-85 win. The teams returned Saturday for an additional meet which the men's team won 190-91 and the women's team captured 199-92.
| IN THE RANKINGS
In the first poll of the season, both teams are ranked in the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America TYR Top 25 Dual Meet Pool. The men's team start the year ranked #18 with 57 points. The women's team received 72 points and are currently ranked #15.
| GLIAC AOTW
Senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Swim & Dive Athlete of the Week after collecting a total of eight victories and posting two NCAA B Cuts over the weekend. The senior helped both relays on both days to victory. Individually, she captured the 25-yard backstroke and the 75-yard backstroke on Friday. Saturday say her post qualifying times in both the 200-yard freestyle (56.41) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.50). It was the sixth weekly award during her career.
| DIVING IN
Two divers also earned NCAA qualifications. Freshman Amanda Baird (Riverside, Calif.) won Saturday's 3-meter dive with a score of 279.75, which got her an NCAA B cut. On the 1-meter board, sophomore Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind.) won with a score of 271.43, followed closely by Baird who got 256.42 points to both reach a qualifying score.
Micah Currie (Blue Springs, Mo.) swept both dives Saturday after winning the 1-meter dive Friday.
| LEADING THE MEN
On the men's side, the team also swept all four relays and saw multiple swimmers capture multiple victories. Senior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary) captured a total of four individual wins by winning the 25-yard and 75-yard freestyle on Friday and the 50 and 100 free events Saturday.
Freshman Roberto Camera (Rozzano, Italy) captured four breaststroke victories. On Friday he claimed the 25 and 75-yard races followed by touching first in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke Saturday.
| LAST YEAR'S MEET
NMU hosted Northern State and SCSU last year and finished the weekend undefeated. The women's team defeated SCSU 184-78 Friday and 173-122 Saturday while they bested Northern State 207-49 Friday then 224-70 Saturday.
As Northern State does not have a men's team, the Wildcats finished ahead of SCSU. Friday saw NMU top the Huskies 176-80 then 169-117.
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, NMU will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.