JENISON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan swimming and diving team finished the second day of competition at the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship from Jenison Aquatics Center.
The Wildcats had another provisional qualifying time for NCAA Nationals and four top 10 finishes. NMU is in fifth-place with 130 points, only seven points behind Hillsdale.
“The highlight of the day was Tara in the 500 free,” NMU coach Heidi Voigt said. “She swam to another season best time and was one second off a provisional cut, which is great. She has really stepped it up this weekend.”
Freshman Tara Dowling advanced to the consolation heat of the 500-yard freestyle, finishing 15th in the event with a time of 5:12.64.
“The 400 medley relay got a provisional time with their fifth-place finish and swam three second faster than last year,” Voigt added.
Members of the 400-yard medley squad were Emily Bourguignon, junior Olga Budiansky, freshman Madisen Sechena and freshman Debbi Lawrence. The ‘Cats swam 3:54.26.
Lawrence and freshman Emily Brennan finished seventh and eighth in the championship heat of the 200-yard individual medley.
NMU’s 200-yard freestyle relay squad finished eighth. Junior Lauren Cockels, freshman Pam Johnson, Sechena and sophomore Kelsey Sipple swam 1:38.37 in the race.
Sipple finished 16th in the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Lauren Cockels (23rd) and Johnson (25th) also raced in the 50.
“It was good to see Kelsey make it to her first conference finals in the 50 free,” Voigt said.
Freshman Aspen McHugh (17th), Budiansky (21st) and freshman Dakota Sechena (27th) also swam the 200 IM.
The ‘Cats get back in to the pool on Friday (Feb. 10) morning with the preliminary rounds of the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and one-meter dive. Finals start at 5:30 p.m.
“I’m really looking forward to 400 IM and the one-meter dive tomorrow,” said Voigt. “We have six entries in the 400 IM and could get four into the finals tomorrow night.”
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