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Bennet, Kearney double winners for runner-up Wildcats

November 12, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Freshman Crystal Bennet and sophomore Molly Kearney were both double winners to lead Northern Michigan University to a runner-up finish at the Border Battle Invitational swimming and diving meet held at Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday.

The Wildcats racked up 818 points, second only to Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 983. Other teams competing were South Dakota, Minnesota State-Mankato and host UW-Stevens Point.

Bennet won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 freestyle, while Kearney wrapped up the diving events, winning the three-meter Saturday after taking the one-meter on Friday.

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Sophomore teammate Madisen Sechena won the 400 individual medley as sophomore Jordan Iverson was third and sophomore Emily Brennan fifth.

Sechena and senior Olga Budiansky tied for second in the 200 breaststroke, with freshman Caitlyn Brenden fourth.

The Wildcats' 400 and 800 free relay teams each finished second. Bennet, sophomore Emily Bourguignon, senior Lauren Cockels and sophomore Debbi Lawrence made up the 400 team, while the 800 squad was composed of Brennan, Lawrence, Bennet and sophomore Jordan Iverson.

The 200 medley relay team of Bourguignon, Budiansky, Bennet and Cockels finished third in 1:51.99.

Next up for NMU is the Calvin College Invitational in Grand Rapids from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.



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