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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.