It was a stellar end to spring break for several NMU Wildcats. Swimmer Rachel Helm won NMU’s first national championship in the sport since 1999 and a number of athletes from swimming and diving, Nordic skiing and indoor track & field were named All-Americans based on their performances.
Helm won a national title in the 100 backstroke at the NCAA Swimming & Diving National Championships Friday, with a school-record 53.79. She was the first to claim a national championship since Erin Vostad won the 100 butterfly in 1999. Helm earned All-American honors for that event and the 200 backstroke. Men’s team member Lajos Budai was crowned an All-American in three events: 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle. Teammate Renars Bundzis earned the distinction for the 200 backstroke, while Angela Probstfeld took home her first All-American award in the 3-meter dive.
In Nordic skiing, Adam Martin captured two All-American honors—in the 10K classic and 20K freestyle—at the NCAA Skiing Championships on Saturday. Other All-Americans from NMU were Vivian Hett in the 5K classic and Fredrik Schwencke in the 10K classic.
Indoor track & field Wildcats Kameron Burmeister and Jasmine Williams were crowned All-Americans in the 5,000-meter run and weight throw, respectively.
This information was compiled from press releases prepared by NMU Sports Information Director Jen Dobias.