Lena Soulas already 3rd GLIAC top weekly women’s swimmer from Northern Michigan University

Lena Soulas

MARQUETTE — Freshman Lena Soulas made it three for four for Northern Michigan University this week.

Soulas was named GLIAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week, giving the Wildcats three of the four weekly award winners this season in the sport.

She follows honors that went to sophomore teammate Rachel Helm in Week 1, freshman Gabriella Spajic in Week 2 and Wayne State’s Haley Groteler in Week 3. The Wildcats didn’t have a meet in Week 3.

Soulas earned her award after winning four events in two downstate dual meets last weekend. In Saturday’s 181-116 victory at Grand Valley State, she won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.52 seconds and 100 free in 52.34, posting one of the nation’s top times in the latter event.

Then in Sunday’s 152-87 win at Saginaw Valley State, Soulas again took the 100 free in 52.54 and added the 200 free title in 1:52.79, the sixth-fastest time in NCAA Division II this season and good enough for an NCAA national meet B-cut qualifying time.

Just for good measure, Soulas also swam a leg in the Wildcats’ winning 200 medley relay on Saturday and 400 free relay on Sunday.

Nobody can be sure who might be up for a GLIAC award this week, but the Wildcats have a chance as they come home to swim in their PEIF Pool against Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday. In addition, the divers go to a meet at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday.

Here are some other notes about the team:


Helm wins again — Helm totaled five wins over the weekend, winning the 100 backstroke, 200 back and 100 butterfly at GVSU, then the 50 free and 100 back at SVSU.

Her 55.70 time in the 100 back at SVSU is the best in NCAA Division II this season.


Spajic a 4-time winner — Spajic won the 500 free at each meet, her time at SVSU 5:05.04, an NCAA B-cut time.

She also won the 400 individual medley at GVSU and 1,000 free at SVSU.


Probstfeld sweeps — Junior Angela Probstfeld won both diving events at Saginaw Valley, winning the three-meter with 275.70 points and one-meter with 270.45.


Bundzis breaks barrier — On the NMU men’s team, junior Renars Bundzis set a pool record of 1:47.52 in the 200 back at Grand Valley, establishing the second-fastest NCAA Division II time this fall. He also won the 100 back.


Budai ranked sixth — Sophomore men’s swimmer Lajos Budai posted the sixth-best NCAA Division II time in the 100 free in 45.33 seconds, which actually came in the first leg of the 400 free relay at SVSU.

He also won 100 back, 500 free and 100 fly events over the weekend.


Roovers goes for 1,000 — Junior men’s swimmer Janne Roovers won both 1,000 free races, with a best time of 9:45.92 on Saturday, while he added a win in the 500 free Sunday in 4:44.20.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.