FARGO, N.D. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Swim & Dive team travelled to Fargo, North Dakota for the Dragon Invite, a meet that included five teams and captured a total of 18 event victories, posted four NCAA B-Cuts, and picked up eight team victories, including two over an NCAA Division I squad.
| WINNING THREE
Three Wildcats finished the weekend with three individual victories. Senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) posted three B-cuts in the two meets in her three victories. On Friday, Helm won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.61. She returned Saturday to win the 50-yard freestyle, 23.92, and the 100-yard backstroke, 55.69.
Freshman Maria Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) also notched three victories. Friday saw her win the 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.54. On Saturday, the freshman notched a time of 17:38.65 to win the 1,650-yard freestyle and touched in 5:07.30 to win the 500 free again.
In diving, Amanda Baird (Riverside, Calif.) collected three wins as well. She tallied an NCAA B-cut score of 268.75 to win the 1-meter dive Friday, and also won the 3-meter dive with a score of 241.30. She won the 1-meter dive again Saturday with a score of 252.75.
| FRIDAY WINS
Friday saw the Wildcats collect three additional event victories. Freshman Jenna Joerger (Eagan, Minn.) clocked in at 2:09.56 to win the 200-yard individual medley.
Freshman Meritxell Font Cantarero (Girona, Spain) was first in the 200-yard butterfly. She reached first with a time of 2:07.63.
Junior Katharina Springhetti (Tramin, Italy) was the first to touch in the 200-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 2:24.74.
| MORE WINS SATURDAY
NMU collected three more victories Saturday. Junior Gabriella Spajic (Sydney, Australia) was first in the 400-yard individual medley, touching the wall at 4:36.78.
| DOMINATING THE 500
In addition to Arakelian winning the 500-free, the Wildcats finished with the top six finishes in Saturday's race. Behind Arakelian was freshman Pilar Perello Ferrer (Inca, Spain) for second and Francesca Gastrow (Hartland, Wis.) in third. Senior Nicola Pasquire (Bedford, England) was fourth with Spajic coming in fifth. Junior Stefanie Rasmussen (Melrose, Minn.) rounded it out in sixth.
| WINNING WITH OTHERS
Three relay teams also took victory. Friday night, NMU won the 200-yard freestyle relay with the team of Nelson, Ferrer, junior Margaret Vaitkus (Munster, Ind.), and Helm in a time of 1:38.23.
Both relays won Saturday. The meet began with the team of Helm, Arnold, Font Cantarero, and Perello Ferrer winning the 400-yard medley relay in 3:49.14. The meet ended with the 400-yard freestyle relay squad posting a winning time of 3:31.58. Font Cantarero, Vaitkus, Joerger and Nelson teammed to win the event.
| TEAM SCORES
The Wildcats collected a total of eight team victories as the meet was scored as four separate dual meets both days.
On Friday, NMU defeated St. Cloud State University 132.5-91.5. They also defeated Northern State University, 181-37 and Minnesota State University-Moorhead, 164-60.
The Wildcats also defeated NCAA Division I foe, the University of South Dakota by the score of 137-87. A feat they then repeated Saturday as they defeated South Dakota again 177-65.
Saturday also saw NMU take team victories over SCSU, 158.5-84.5, Northern State, 197-39, and MSU-M, 183-59.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats will now take a weekend away from the pool before returning November 1 and 2 as they visit Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes Grand Valley State University Friday and Saginaw Valley State University Saturday.