Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving travels to Wisco.

AnnMarie Kent

The Northern Michigan University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be traveling to Stevens Point, Wis to compete against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Minnesota State-Mankato in a tri-dual.

The Wildcats lost a dual meet against Grand Valley State University on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Wildcat men lost 156-87 and the Wildcat women lost 158-85.

“Both team swam well at Grand Valley State,” head coach Heidi Voigt said. “We posted many season best times, got three NCAA B cuts, and broke one of their pool records.”

Freshman Grantas Dapkus won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:34.61 and 500 freestyle with a time of 4:43.32.. Freshman Ryan Knox-Leonard won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.16.

Dapkus’s time in the 1000 freestyle made the NCAA B cut. Knox-Leonard’s 200 backstroke time set a NMU record and also made the NCAA B cut.

Senior Molly Kearney remained undefeated in the 1 meter diving event with a score of 269.09. Freshman Angela Probstfeld finished second to Kearney with a score of 264.89 and qualified for NCAA Championships.

“This team is very young, but has been competing very well,” Kearney said. “We have had a few men make B cuts and a couple of us have qualified for nationals.”

Junior Rachel Borchardt won the 500 freestyle for the Wildcat women with a time of 5:16.43. Freshman Savanna Saunders won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.85.

“We are heavy into our training,” Kearney said. “Everyone is working hard towards the invitational we have coming up in a few weeks.”

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers men’s swimming and diving team have junior Sam Jekel leading them in 100-yard backstroke and in the 100-yard butterfly.

Pointer freshman Michael Mills leads the them in the 1,000-yard freestyle while sophomore Garrett Richetto leads the Pointers in the 200-yard butterfly.

Earlier this season against Gustavus Adolphus College, the Pointers won all but two events in the meet.

The Pointer women’s swimming and diving team competed against Minnesota-State Mankato and Gustavus Adolphus earlier this season and finished third in the tri-dual meet.

Leading the Pointer women’s team is senior Hailey Kunavich, who placed second in the 200-yard butterfly in the tri-dual meet that took place earlier this season.

The Pointers also have sophomore Jackie Braun leading them in the 1-meter dive.

The Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks women’s swimming and diving team has a record of 1-1 in meets this season.

Leading the Mavericks is senior Samantha Rasmussen. Rasmussen leads the team in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Sophomore Cecilia Hake leads the Mavericks in the 100-yard backstroke.

“The plan is to win,” Voigt said. “We are going to practice racing strategies and paces for our mid-season invite in December.”

Kearney and the team are excited for the upcoming meet at Stevens Point.

“We will use this weekend at Stevens Point to mentally prepare for the upcoming invitational and to continue improving, just as our team has been able to do at every meet,” Kearney said.