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Wildcats sweep rare home swimming and diving meets

October 16, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University took advantage of rare home meets to sweep Hillsdale College in women's swimming and diving both Friday and Saturday at the PEIF pool.

Friday's special format of all relays turned into a nine-event sweep and a 190-168 victory for the Wildcats, while Saturday's traditional dual meet was won by NMU, 170-101.

"We did great this weekend," NMU coach Heidi Voigt said. "We are swimming very well early in the season."

On Friday evening, the 'Cats took first in the 150-yard butterfly relay in 1 minute, 23.24 seconds, just over a second and a half ahead of the Chargers.

NMU's 150 backstroke team won by two-tenths of a second in 1:25.38. NMU dominated the 800 freestyle relay in 7:54.19 for a win of nearly 30 seconds.

Sophomore diver Molly Kearney placed first in both the one-meter (223.35 points) and the 3-meter dives (234.40).

On Saturday, NMU won 12 of the 15 events. Sophomore Emily Bourguignon won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.99, while Northern swept the top three spots in the 100 breaststroke with senior Olga Budiansky winning in 1:09.70, freshman Caitlyn Brenden (1:10.21) in second and sophomore Aspen McHugh third.

The 1,000 freestyle was another 1-2-3 sweep for the Wildcats as sophomore Jordan Iverson was fastest in 10:59.98, sophomore Tara Dowling (11:05.82) the runner-up and sophomore Dakota Sechena (11:20.58) third.

Sophomores also accounted for the rest of NMU's wins, with Iverson in the 500 freestyle, Emily Brennan in the 200 freestyle (1:58.92), Madisen Sechena in the 200 butterfly (2:14.57) and Deborah Lawrence in the 200 backstroke.

The 'Cats travel to St. Cloud, Minn., this weekend to take on St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Moorhead.



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