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Northern Michigan University women swimmers still lead, men still 3rd at GLIAC Championships

UNIVERSITY CENTER — The Northern Michigan University women continue to lead and the men remained in third place after the second day of the GLIAC Championships swimming and diving meets held at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday.

The Wildcat women have 456 1/2 points while the men have 304 1/2. Each team had an NCAA qualifying relay time with the men setting a team record.

NMU’s women set an NCAA 3:48.31 qualifying time as runners-up in the 400-yard medley relay with freshman Jenna Joerger, sophomore Briana Arnold, freshman Meritxell Font Cantarero and junior Margaret Vaitkus.

The Northern women were also second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:33.99 with Vaitkus, freshmen Michaela Nelson and Julianna Engesser and senior Rachel Helm.

The men’s 200 free relay did one better with both an NCAA cut time and school record of 1:21.10 while finishing third. That team included junior Amir Saman Khajegi, freshman Roberto Camera, sophomore Henry Bauer and senior Lajos Budai.

Junior Gabriella Spajic finished third in the women’s 400 individual medley in 4:27.69.

Nelson was second in the women’s 100 butterfly in 55.91, Font Cantarero third in 56.07 and Helm fourth in 56.24.

Budai was second in the men’s 200 free in 1:37.78.

The final day of the meet is today back at SVSU.