SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Northern Michigan University swimming and diving team spent its winter break training in Puerto Rico. The Wildcats competed on Saturday (Jan. 5) and won the women's meet, becoming the first Division II team to win the the meet in 10 years. Sophomore Emily Bourguignon tied for the individual lead for most points (13). NMU scored 42.5 team points.
“We kicked some major butt down here on Saturday,” NMU coach Heidi Voigt said. “Emily was the female MVP of the meet. Everyone is training hard and we’re having a blast.”
Bourguignon won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:09.09 and finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:10.27.
The 200 medley relay team won its event in 2:07.46 while the 500 freestyle relay team placed fourth.
Sechena was second in the 200 individual medley followed by sophomores Emily Brennan (4th) and Debbi Lawrence (9th). Freshman Caitlyn Brenden (4th), senior Olga Budiansky (6th) and Brennan (9th) all had top 10 finishes in the 100 breaststroke.
Freshman Crystal Bennet (1:06.44) placed second in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 50 freestyle. Sophomore Madisen Sechena tied for fourth in the 100 butterfly.
Senior Gaby Alzaga placed third in the 100 back nine tenths of a second behind Bourguignon.
NMU gets back to action on Jan. 19 for the annual Wildcat Intrasquad meet and Senior Day.
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