MARQUETTE, Mich. – The ranked Northern Michigan University Swim & Dive is back in action this weekend as they head to the annual Calvin College Invitational.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats last competed on November 9 and came away with victory over the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. The women's team defeated the Pointers 203-86 after winning 15 of the 16 events. On the men's side, they won 14 of 16 events and came away with a 175-119 victory.
| RANKED 11TH
Both the men's and the women's teams are ranked #11 in the country. The men's team jumped from #18 in the preseason poll and boast a 5-2 dual meet record his season. The women's team moved up from #15 and are 10-1 in dual meets.
| ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
NMU has earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors in three different weeks this season. Senior Rachel Helm (Newcastle, England) earned the honor after opening weekend. She then repeated the next week with her second Athlete of the Week award, and was joined by junior Ondrej Zach (Rudolfov, Czech Republic) who earned the men's award. Zach went on to win his second Athlete of the Week award following their last meet.
| THE WOMEN DIVE IN
The women's divers hover around the top ten. Freshman Amanda Baird (Riverside, Calif.) is ranked seventh in the 1 meter dive with a total of 317.45 points. She is ninth in the 3 meter with 241.30 points. Sophomore Mary Grossman (Goshen, Ind.) is outside the top 10 as she is 11th in the 3 meter with 233.75 points and 13th in the 3 meter with 251.66 points. Senior Jamie Kimble (Prior Lake, Minn.), 226.05 points, is 12th in the 3 meter as well.
| COMING IN FAST
Helm is ranked in both the 100 yard backstroke and the 200 yard backstroke. She is eighth in the 100 with a time of 54.99 while her time of 2:00.61 place her ninth in the 200. The women's 400 medley relay is just outside the top ten as they ranked 12th at 3:49.14.
On the men's side, Zach is ranked 10th with his time of 15:42.41 in the 1,650 yard freestyle. He is 14th in the 1000 yard freestyle, 9:29.05. Senior Lajos Budai (Kecskemet, Hungary) is 13th at 49.26. The 400 yard freestyle relay has a time of 3:02.22 for 11th nationally.
| LAST YEAR'S MEET
NMU's men's team took first place, winning the meet with 2,042 points. The Wildcats defeated Grand Valley State University, Calvin College, University of Findlay, Grove City College and Kalamazoo College in the process. The women's side saw NMU take second place with 1,610 points, falling to GVSU's1,662 points. The meet consisted of a total of eight women's teams.
| 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.