JENISON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan swimming and diving team began the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Wednesday (Feb. 8), participating in three events from Jenison Aquatics Center. The Wildcats scored 51 points on the day for fourth-place behind Wayne State, Grand Valley State and the University of Indianapolis.
“It was a fun and exciting first day,” NMU coach Heidi Voigt said. “The team did wonderful today.”
Freshman diver Sophia Garris was the top Wildcat, finishing seventh in the three-meter dive with 320.05 points.
“Sophia was in her first final and I was proud of her seventh-place finish,” Voigt added.
Freshman Jordan Iverson got a top ten finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle. She finished 10th with a time of 10:38.78, making her a provisional qualifier for NCAA Nationals.
Freshman Tara Dowling had an exciting preliminary heat in the 1,000, taking 38 seconds off her personal best. She finished second in the heat and 13th in the event.
“Having two freshmen finish in the top 13 in the 1,000 was awesome,” said Voigt. “Those two swam their best races when it mattered the most.”
The 200 medley relay squad finished fifth with a provisional qualifying time of 1:47.01. Freshman Emily Bourguignon, junior Olga Budiansky, freshman Debbi Lawrence and sophomore Kelsey Sipple swam the event for the ‘Cats.
“The relay team was seeded sixth and was four tenths of a second off the school record,” said Voigt.
Freshman Kayla Barr finished 21st in the 1,000 while senior Stephanie Rogaczewski was 27th.
Sophomore Katie Lochart also participated in the three-meter dive, finishing 14th.
“The rest of the week should be really fun,” Voigt added. “I’m looking forward to some great performances.”
Swimming gets underway at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday (Feb. 9) with the 500-yard freestyle.
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