NMU swimming: Wildcats top MSU-Moorhead, St. Cloud State at home

MARQUETTE – Capping off an undefeated weekend, the Northern Michigan University women’s swimming/diving team beat Minnesota State-Moorhead and St. Cloud (Minn.) State Saturday.

NMU beat Moorhead 204-95 and St. Cloud State 166-131 at the PEIF Pool.

“St. Cloud came to race today, but we rose to the occasion after they beat us in the first two events,” Wildcat coach Heidi Voigt said.

“Racing two days in a row is a good test for us … .”

NMU junior Emily Brennan claimed individual wins in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.56) and 500 free (5:20.56); teammate – and junior – Debbi Lawrence took the 50 back (27.60) and 100 free (52.42); junior diver Molly Kearney swept the 1-meter (248.7 points) and 3-meter (261) events; and junior Madisen Sechena claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:07.64) and the 200 individual medley (2:13.01).

Friday, the Wildcats swept both Minnesota State-Moorhead and St. Cloud (Minn.) State. NMU beat Moorhead 146-94 and St. Cloud State 169-74.

Lawrence won both the 50-yard freestyle (23.73 seconds) and 100 free (52.06), setting pool records in both.

Kearney posted NCAA qualifying efforts in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving. Winning both events, she scored 262.3 points in the 1-meter and 273.05 in the 3-meter.

In all, the Wildcats posted 10 first place finishes, with Marquette junior Tara Dowling taking one of them in the 1650 freestyle (18:26.34).