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Northern Michigan University Wildcat men, women swimmers swept at Division I Wisconsin-Green Bay

Maria Arakelian

GREEN BAY, Wis. — NCAA Division I university Wisconsin-Green Bay swept the Northern Michigan University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams in a dual meet held at the Phoenix’s pool on Saturday.

The NMU women fell 174-125 while the Wildcat men lost 202-98.

Next up for the Northern teams is their annual Wildcat Intrasquad and Skins meet at the PEIF pool at 2 p.m. Saturday. The team then takes a month off before travel to University Center as Saginaw Valley State hosts the four-day GLIAC Championships from Feb. 19-22.

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Freshman lead NMU women

Lajos Budai

Wildcat freshmen won three swimming events, with Maria Arakelian taking the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10 minutes, 35.31 seconds, Meritxell Font Cantarero the 200 butterfly in 2:07.96 and Michaela Nelson the 200 individual medley in 2:09.82.

Arakelian was second in the 500 free, Font Cantarero second in the 100 fly and Nelson runner-up in the 200 free.

In addition, Northern sophomore Mary Grossman won the 1-meter diving with 260.77 points, while freshman Amanda Baird took the 3-meter diving with 240.67. Baird was also second and senior Jamie Kimble third in the 1-meter, while Kimble was second in the 3-meter.

Senior Nicola Pasquire was second in the 1,000 free and third in the 500 free, while freshman Pilar Perello Ferrer was second in both the 100 and 200 free.

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Budai, Amillo

Escobedo win

Senior Lajos Budai won the 100 backstroke for the Wildcats in 51.62 seconds while taking second in the 50 free, and freshman Ivan Amillo Escobedo won the 200 free in 1:44.03.

Junior Ondrej Zach was a three-time runner-up, finishing second in the 200 fly, 500 free and 1,000 free, while freshman Erikas Kapocius was second in both the 200 IM and 200 backstroke.

In the 200 free relay, Amillo Escobedo, Budai, freshman Roberto Camera and sophomore Henry Bauer were second in 1:25.56, while senior Maksim Kapustin and Michael Biclawski, junior Amir Saman Khajegi and sophomore Jon Busse were third.

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

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