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Swim & Dive: ‘Cats host Davenport, St. Cloud for first meet of season

GOOD TIMES — The Wildcats kick off the season this weekend but not before the team competed in their annual green and gold meet to prepare the team for the upcoming season. This consists of many different events put together by the coaching staff in order to create a competitive and fun event for the team. Photo courtesy of NMU Athletics

NMU swim and dive teams kick off each season with a friendly yet competitive green and gold meet in which the NMU team breaks into green and gold teams and compete against each other to prepare for the upcoming season. Green was able to edge out the gold team 146-145 in the very competitive pre-season event.

“That’s one of the biggest reasons we do green and gold and have that in our squad because we actually take them through exactly what we do,” Head Coach Heidi Voigt said. “We have a pre-meet warm up where we get together and do dynamic warm up. [It] gets a little bit of the jitters out and we all do some movements and talk a little bit and then they go swim or dive warm up and then we get together again in our team room right before and then we walk out of the team room together to the fight song.”

The Wildcats will host their first meet of the season at home with St. Cloud State and Davenport traveling to the Upper Peninsula to participate in the three-team meet. With both the women’s and men’s teams adding multiple freshmen to this year’s roster, Voigt is excited to see where the team is and just how far they may progress.

“I’m excited to see what they have and excited to see what our team can do when other teams are on the line now and really come together, all together instead of green versus gold,” Voigt said. “I think they’re looking forward to it as well.”

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Both the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams will look to build on last season after taking second and third in the GLIAC championships respectively. After this weekend, the ‘Cats will have a few weeks off before traveling out of town to face off against Saginaw Valley, Findlay on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. and following up with a meet against Grand Valley Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.

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Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson, Sports Editor
Chris moved to Marquette in 2021 and is pursuing a bachelors in entrepreneurship with a minor in computer science. Chris has been the sports editor with the North Wind since August of 2022 and also serves on the board for the National Society for Leadership and Success. When he isn’t attending school and working he is at the gym, volunteering, golfing and many other activities.