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Pair of NMU senior swimmers set records at GLIACs

JENISON – A pair of Northern Michigan University senior swimmers set records on the fourth and final day of the GLIAC Championships on Saturday as the Wildcats finished in third place at the Jenison Aquatics Center in suburban Grand Rapids.

The Wildcats accumulated 553.5 points in the 10-team women’s field as Wayne State won with 820.5 and host Grand Valley State was runner-up with 689. Findlay was a distant fourth with 374, followed by Ashland, Hillsdale, Tiffin, Saginaw Valley State, Malone and Lake Erie.

Northern’s Debbi Lawrence set a pool record in winning the 100-yard freestyle in 50.19 seconds, while fellow Wildcat senior Madisen Sechena broke her own school record in the 200 breaststroke and finished as runner-up in 2 minutes, 17.27 seconds.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Lawrence, junior Crystal Bennet and seniors Tara Dowling and Emily Bourguignon won in 3:29.11.

Three Wildcats placed in the 1,650 free, led by sophomore Rachel Borchardt taking third in 17:13.70. Senior Jordan Iverson was fourth in 17:36.49, while Dowling was fifth in 17:38.87.

Sechena led four Wildcats placing in the 200 breast, as senior Aspen McHugh was 11th in 2:25.26, senior Emily Brennan 12th in 2:26.96 and freshman Haele Gjetmundsen 14th in 2:28.14.

NMU senior diver Sophia Garris was 11th in the three-meter diving with 336.90 points.

Bourguignon was 12th in the 100 free in 53.42 as sophomore teammate Courney Konopitski was 16th in 54.31.

Katie Bourguignon came in 12th in the 200 backstroke in 2:07.20, while Emily Bourguignon was right behind her in 13th in 2:07.73.

NMU hosts the Wildcat Last Chance Open at the PEIF pool on Saturday as the final meet before the NCAA Championships set for March 10-13 in Indianapolis.