Voigt named GLIAC Coach of the Year after Wildcats take third at conference meet

CANTON, Ohio – Northern Michigan University head swimming and diving coach Heidi Voigt was named GLIAC Coach of the Year following the Wildcats third-place finish at the conference championship meet this weekend in Canton, Ohio.

The Wildcats finished with 512 points, losing out to conference champion Wayne State (861.5) and Indianapolis (554.5).

“It was a lot of fun tonight,” Voigt said. “We swam so well and it felt great to beat Grand Valley. We were a second off of two school records.”

Senior Gaby Alzaga was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 2 minutes, 2.41 seconds. In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Madisen Sechena placed third in 2:18.92 .

Sophomore Molly Kearney scored 447.85 points in the 3-meter dive, good for third.

“Molly Kearney was the highlight of the night with her third place finish,” Voigt said. “Taylor Grimm also stepped up big time scoring very important points and Madisen Sechena was an all-star all weekend.”

The NMU 400 freestyle relay team of freshman Crystal Bennet, sophomore Emily Bourguignon, sophomore Tara Dowling and sophomore Debbi Lawrence wrapped up the championship with a fourth place finish in 3:29.88.

On Friday, Sechena won the 400-yard individual medley in a school-record time of 4:27.61.

Bennet won the 100 butterfly in 55.57, also a new school record. She was also fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.43.

The 400 medley relay squad broke a school record and finished fourth with Alzaga, Sechena, Bennet and sophomore Debbi Lawrence swimming the event.