NMU swimming: Wildcats take third at GLIAC finals

GENEVA, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team finished third as competition wrapped up Saturday at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

The Wildcats scored 576 points at the 10-team meet as Wayne State won with 959 and Grand Valley was runner-up with 667.

“We swam another great night, and just had an overall great week,” NMU head coach Heidi Voigt said about Saturday’s fourth day of competition. “The entire team stepped up and performed their bests this week. We’re now moving on and focusing to get ready for the NCAA Championships.”

Junior Debbi Lawrence was NMU’s top finisher in the final day, winning the 100-meter freestyle in 50.83 seconds.

The 400 relay team was second in a school record 3:26.98 and consisted of Lawrence adn juniors Crystal Bennet, Emily Bourguignon and Tara Dowling.

Freshman Rachel Borchardt placed second in the 1,650 freestyle in 17:14.10, while Dowling was fourth in 17.23.13, junior Jordan Iverson was eighth in 17:36.48 and junior Dakota Sechena 21st in 18:40.67.

Junior Madisen Sechena placed third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.97 and Bennet was eighth in the 100 free in 52.23.