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School Record Falls as Men's Swim & Dive Defeats Division I South Dakota to Highlight Dragon Invite

School Record Falls as Men's Swim & Dive Defeats Division I South Dakota to Highlight Dragon Invite

FARGO, N.D. – Northern Michigan University Men's Swim & Dive took on two teams at the Dragon Invite hosted by Minnesota State University-Moorhead and came away with three team victories, a school record and two NCAA B-Cuts as they won 16 total events.

  LEADING THE WAY

Freshman Ondrej Zach (Rudolfov, Czech Republic) led the team with four individual victories over the two days.  

Zach won the 200-yard butterfly Friday with a time of 1:57.30 then followed it with the 500-yard freestyle, winning in 4:43.76.

Saturday saw him set a school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, posting a new record time of 15:42.41. He also won the 500-free for a second time, this time touching the wall at 4:36.20.

  WINNING THREE

Senior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary) and freshman Roberto Camera (Rozzano, Italy) both won three events over the weekend.  

On Friday, Budai won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. In the 50, he timed in at 21.16, then notched a time of 46.70 in the 100. He repeated his victory in the 100-free Saturday and clocked in at 45.80.

Camera won the 200-yard breaststroke Friday as he came in at 2:06.55. He then captured the 50-free Saturday in 20.84. He concluded his individual events with a time of 55:83 to win the 100-yard breaststroke.

  MORE WINS

Freshman Ivan Amillo Escobedo (Valencia, Spain) tallied victories in the 200-yard freestyle both days. He won Friday with a time of 1:43.15, then bested him time Saturday, touching the wall at 1:40.96.

Freshman Erikas Kapocius (Ignalina, Lithuania) collected victory in the 400-yard individual medley Saturday, reaching the wall first in 4:02.81.

  WINNING RELAYS

The team of Budai, Camera, senior Maksim Kapustin (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Amillo Escobedo won the 200-yard medley relay Friday in a time of 1:33.23. 

The team won both relays Saturday, starting the meet with a time of 3:25.25 by the team of Budai, Camera, sophomore Conor Graydon (Keller, Texas) and Amillo Escobedo to win the 400-yard medley relay. Budai's time in the 100-yard backstroke to start the race gave him an NCAA B-Cut.

The day ended with the squad of Amillo Escobedo, Kapustin, freshman Amir Saman Khajegi (Mashhad, Iran) and Budai clocking in at 3:02.22 to win the 400-yard freestyle. Due to his leadoff time, Amillo Escobedo also recorded an NCAA B-Cut.

  TEAM SCORES

The meet was scored as two separate dual meets. On Friday, NMU split, defeating St. Cloud State University 136-84, but they fell to Division I opponent, the University of South Dakota, by a score of 114-109.

Saturday, NMU got revenge as they defeated South Dakota 137-106. They also defeated SCSU again with a score of 152.5-87.5.

The hosts, MSU-Moorhead, do not have a men's swim team.

  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.