NMU swimming and diving: Seven Wildcats make swim NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

MARQUETTE – Seven members of the Northern Michigan University swimming and diving team have qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships to be held March 12-15 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Representing the Wildcats in individual events will be junior Debbi Lawrence in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 free and 100 butterfly; junior Madisen Sechena in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breast; freshman Rachel Borchardt in the 500 free and 1,000 free; and junior Molly Kearney in diving. In addition, Lawrence, sophomore Crystal Bennet, junior Emily Bourguignon and junior Tara Dowling have qualified in the 400 free relay.

“We were so close to a relay last year, it was a big team goal all season starting a year ago when we were one spot away from going,” NMU head coach Heidi Voigt said.

“They had an incredible drive revolving around the team getting to the NCAA Championships not just as individuals. I am so proud of the work they put in and can’t wait to take the biggest group we have had in several years to the NCAA Championships.”

The Wildcats most recently finished third at the GLIAC Championships, which were also held at Spire, and are ranked No. 14 in the nation in the latest NCAA Division II rankings.