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      NMU swimming and diving sends seven to NCAA Championships

      Courtesy: NMU

      Seven members of the Northern Michigan University swimming and diving team will travel to Geneva, Ohio to compete in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Spire Institute March 12-15.

      Representing the Wildcats are: sophomore Crystal Bennet (400 freestyle relay), freshman Rachel Borchardt (1000 freestyle, 500 freestyle), junior Emily Bourguignon (400 freestyle relay), junior Tara Dowling (400 freestyle relay), junior Molly Kearney (diving), junior Debbi Lawrence (50 freestyle, 100 fly, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay) and junior Madisen Sechena (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke).

      "What a thrill," said NMU head coach Heidi Voigt. "We were so close to a relay last year, it was a big team goal all season starting a year ago when we were one spot away from going. They had an incredible drive revolving around the team getting to the NCAA Championships not just as individuals. I am so proud of the work they put in and can't wait to take the biggest group we have had in several years to the NCAA Championships."

      The Wildcats are coming off finishing third at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Championships, which were also held at the Spire Institute, and are ranked No. 14 in the nation in the latest Division II swimming and diving rankings.