BAY CITY, Mich. – Northern Michigan University swept the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swim & Dive Athletes of the Week with senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) winning the Women's and junior Ondrej Zach (Rudolfov, Czech Republic) winning Men's Athlete of the Week honors.
This is the second-straight week Helm has earned the award and her seventh weekly honor of her career. At the Dragon Invite, hosted by Minnesota State University – Moorhead this past weekend, Helm posted three NCAA B-Cuts while winning three individual events and aided two relays to victories.
On Friday, the senior won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.61. She then followed it Saturday with wins in the 50-yard freestyle, 23.92, and the 100-yard backstroke, 55.69.
Zach won his first weekly honor after he set a new school record in the 1,650 freestyle, posting a new record time of 15:42.41. He finished the weekend with a total of four individual victories. Friday saw him capture the 200-yard butterfly in 1:57.30 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.76. He then added first place in the 1,650 freestyle and repeated his victory in the 500-yard freestyle by touching at 4:36.20.
Both Friday and Saturday's meet was scored as multiple dual meets. The women picked up eight victories, defeating MSU-M, Northern State University, St. Cloud State University and Division I University of South Dakota both days.
The men's team defeated SCSU both days, and defeated South Dakota Saturday after falling in a close meet Friday to the Coyotes.
NMU returns to action November 1 and November 2 and will face GLIAC foes Grand Valley State University and Saginaw Valley State University in dual meets.