NMU swimming and diving: Lawrence, Borchardt lead Wildcats on Day 1 at NCAA Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Northern Michigan University swimmers Debbi Lawrence and Rachel Borchardt each earned All-American status on Wednesday during Day 1 of the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Lawrence, a junior, finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.15 seconds to set an NMU record.

Borchardt, a freshman, took seventh in the 1,000 freestyle in 10 minutes, 7.91 seconds.

“It was an incredible first night for the women as a team and individually,” NMU coach Heidi Voigt said. “We are sitting in eighth place in the team rankings with two All-Americans today. We have certainly set a great pace for the next three days to come.”

NMU junior Molly Kearnery took 11th in the 3-meter dive to earn honorable mention All-American status. Wildcats’ junior Tara Dowling took 25th in the 1,000 freestyle in 10:29.79.

Northern’s 200 medley relay team of Lawrence, juniors Madisen Sechena and Emily Bourguignon and sophomore Crystal Bennet placed 14th in 1:44.30, which set an NMU record.

Day 2 of the NCAA Championships begins today at 10:30 a.m. with preliminaries with finals set for 6 p.m.

The GLIAC’s Wayne State leads after Day 1 with 120 points. NMU sits in eighth with 38.