MARQUETTE, Mich. – Four Northern Michigan University athletic teams will be in different corners of the United States this weekend.
The Division II National Championships Festival begins today (March 10) in Houston, Texas. National championships for Division II will be conducted in swimming and diving, wrestling and indoor track. Representing the Wildcats are Kelli Vander Baan from the swimming and diving team and Krista Squiers from the indoor track and field team.
Vander Baan has the pre-qualifying trials for the 1 and 3-meter boards Tuesday (March 10). If she advances the 1-meter competition is Thursday, March 12 and then the 3-meter is Saturday, March 14 on the final day.
Squiers will compete in the weight throw Friday, March 13. The track portion of the festival will conclude on Saturday.
The NMU Nordic ski team is in Bethel, Maine for the 2009 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships. The ‘Cats have six skiers at the event. Martin Banerud, Justin Singleton and Phil Violett are the men competing for the Old Gold and Olive Green. For the women, Laura DeWitt, Ingrid Fjeldheim and Marie-Helen Soderman will be donning the NMU jersey. Thursday (March 12) the skiers race in the 5K classic for the women and the 10K classic for the men. Saturday (March 14) it will be the freestyle races as the women will cover a 15K course while the men will race 20K.
This week the NMU hockey team (16-15-5, 11-12-5-3 CCHA) continues in the post-season and will face the Miami RedHawks in Oxford, Ohio in the second round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) playoffs. The series is a best-of-three affair with the winner advancing to Joe Louis Arena and the CCHA Championship next weekend (March 20-21) in Detroit, Mich. NMU picked up three points against the RedHawks in Oxford a couple of weeks ago (Feb. 20-21) with a win (2-1) and a tie/shootout loss (1-1 OT). The first game is set for Friday (March 13) with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, March 14 is the second game at 7:05 p.m. If a third game would be necessary it would be at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, March 15.
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