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NMU wins swimming, diving meet

STEVENS POINT, Wisconsin – Northern Michigan University won the Stevens Point Invitational women’s college swimming and diving meet on Saturday.

The Wildcats won five events on the second day and finished with 841 points as senior Sophia Garris was able to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the one-meter diving after scoring 405.60 points and finishing third.

The 800-yard freestyle relay team of senior Debbi Lawrence, junior Crystal Bennet, sophomore Rachel Borchardt and senior Tara Dowling won in 7:56.81.

The 200 medley relay team of senior Emily Bourguinon, senior Aspen McHugh, Bennet and Lawrence was second in 1:52.36, while the 400 free relay team also was runner-up in 3:39.39 with sophomore Katie Bourguinon, sophomore Courtney Konopitski, Lawrence and Borchardt.

Lawrence won the 100 butterfly in 59.0 seconds and the 50 free (24.77), while Bennet added a victory in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.48.

Senior Dakota Sechena took home a win in the 400 individual medley in 4:46.69.

After a win Friday, Jordan Iverson took home a second-place finish in the 1,650 free in 18:15.74.

Borchardt added a third-place in the 200 free in 2:00.79.

Along with her third-place finish in the one-meter dive, Garris added a second place finish in the three-meter diving with 414.6 points.

“We swam hard every time and kept rolling through the entire session today,” NMU head coach Heidi Voigt said on Saturday. “Time to rest and fine-tune for the GLIAC Championships in a couple weeks.”

The GLIAC meet is a three-day event running from Feb. 11-13 in Grand Rapids.