NMU swimming: Wildcats fall to GVSU, beat Hillsdale

ALLENDALE – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team finished its opening weekend with a 138-105 loss on Saturday at Grand Valley State University.

Junior Debbi Lawrence led the way for the Wildcats with three wins in the 200-yard individual medley, 100 freestyle and the 200 medley relay. She set a pool record in the 100 free, finishing in just over 53 seconds.

Lawrence, sophomore Crystal Bennet and juniors Madisen Sechena and Emily Bourguignon made up the winning 200 medley relay team.

Sechena also won the 200 breaststroke; junior Emily Brennan won the 500 freestyle; and junior Tara Dowling of Marquette finished first in the 1,000 freestyle.

Junior Molly Kearney placed second in both the one and three-meter diving events for the Wildcats.

The ‘Cats traveled to Allendale after a 130-75 win on Friday against Hillsdale College.

Against the Chargers, NMU won the 200 medley relay, comprised of Lawrence, Sechena, sophomore Crystal Bennet and Bourguignon.

Lawrence also placed first in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Sechena took the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM.

Bennet won the 100 butterfly, and Brennan claimed the 200 and 500 freestyle events against the Chargers.

Kearney placed first in both diving events, while junior Sophia Garris was second.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Delaney Lovett. She can can be reached at 906-228-2500, or via email at sports@miningjournal.net.