Northern Michigan diver Kearney, swimmer Sechena earn NCAA Division II All-American honors

MARQUETTE – A Northern Michigan University swimmer and diver each earned All-American status as the NCAA Championships wrapped up on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Molly Kearney placed sixth in the three-meter diving and fellow sophomore Madisen Sechena was seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke to earn their elite honors.

“We had great night tonight to wrap up an awesome weekend and fun season,” NMU coach Heidi Voigt said. “We jumped up over 10 places from a year ago and I’m really proud of our three swimmers and one diver who represented NMU this weekend.”

The Wildcats finished in 20th place with 59 points.

Kearney totalled 472.6 points in the diving to become a two-time All-American and score 13 points in the team standings. Sechena finished in 2:19.78 in the 200 breast to add another 12 points to the Wildcats’ total.

Senior Gaby Alzaga also competed Saturday for the final time for Northern, finishing 13th in the 200 backstroke in 2:03.54 and adding four points to NMU’s score.

On Friday, Northern freshman Crystal Bennet had the higher of two team finishes, coming in 25th in the 100 breast in 1:05.02, while Alzaga was 28th in the 100 backstroke in :58.08.