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Lily Gouin April 19, 2024

Swim and Dive: Wildcats dominate St. Cloud and Davenport to start off the Swim and Dive season

Caden Sierra
STARTING STRONG — Wildcats show just how deep the teams roster is with huge win over St. Cloud and Davenport this weekend. NMU will head to Saginaw Valley for the start of their road trip this weekend.

The NMU Swim and Dive Team had an impressive start to their season competing against St. Cloud and Davenport University. In the meetings, the Wildcats emerged on top with a final score of 326.50-140.50 against Davenport and 281-199 against St. Cloud.

Head Coach Heidi Voigt spoke on the weekend’s results, emphasizing that the team was well-prepared and ready to race. She mentioned that the women Wildcats secured victories against both Davenport and St. Cloud, setting the stage for a promising season.

“The women beat Davenport and St. Cloud both days. The great environment on the pool deck, great support, and some absolutely awesome times and performances, Voigt said. “We got three GLIAC athletes of the week this week, so I’m pretty excited about that.”

Sophomore Leo Nolles was named the men’s GLIAC swim athlete of the week, while Junior Abby Harned earned the Diver of the Week title. Freshman Anika Wright was also celebrated as the female swimmer athlete of the week.

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Voigt discussed the team’s schedule and the benefits of having an extended period for training. She highlighted the team had a really good training block and a “D load week,” leaving the athletes feeling good, which translated into strong performances. When asked about the team’s depth, Voigt expressed her excitement in the Women Wildcats versatility, which allows the athletes to try different events and showcase their skills. This flexibility has been valuable, and the team looks forward to mixing up their schedules, giving the ‘Cats a lot of pieces to play with.

Voigt suggested looking at the midseason meet in mid-December for an accurate assessment of where the Wildcats stand within the league. At that point, all teams would have had the opportunity to compete in races with the use of high-tech suits, providing a more balanced playing field for comparison.

The Wildcats’ strong start to the season sets a positive tone for the months to come. With a week off in-between meets, it’s important for the cats to remain focused and well prepared to keep up the good play. The Wildcats face off next against Saginaw Valley and Findlay on Friday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. against Grand Valley State.

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Caden Sierra
Caden Sierra, Sports Writer
Hey. My name is Caden and I'm from the Chicagoland area.  I'm currently going into my 3rd year at NMU.  I'm a multimedia production major with a double minor in journalism and criminal justice. For as long as I can remember, I've had a passion for being behind a camera.  It doesn't matter to me whether I'm filming an experimental short film or photographing players at a sporting event. I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself with the next big thing and create a product that I'm proud of.  Having played hockey for most of my life and loving all things sports, I'm super excited to be a part of the North Wind and use both of my passions to improve as a writer. In my free time I’m either playing/watching hockey, looking for new adventures, or relaxing with my friends.