ALLENDALE, Michigan, October 12. NCAA Division II’s Grand Valley State opened up its season with a strong win over Northern Michigan as the Laker women posted a 138-105 final tally at home. The Lakers captured seven events in total.
NMU’s Deborah Lawrence, however, had the most impressive individual outing with a pair of NCAA B cut victories. She clipped the NCAA B cut in the 200 IM with a winning time of 2:08.54, then turned in a sizzling NCAA B cut 52.03 to dominate the women’s 100-yard free.
She also leadoff NMU’s 200 medley relay with a 27.31 as she, Madisen Sechena, Crystal Bennet and Emily Bourguignon won the race in 1:49.38.
GVSU’s victory proved to be a team effort with seven different winners in each event. Sarah Roeser won the 50 free (24.50), while Danielle Vallier claimed the 200 free in 1:58.69. Caitlyn Madsen popped a 2:11.06 to win the 200 fly, while Olivia Schultz claimed the 200 back in 2:08.83.
GVSU’s Emily Eaton, Hannah Knapp, Madison Waltman and Lauren Foor then posted a 1:39.42 to win the 200 free relay to close the show.
NMU’s Tara Dowling won the 1000 free in 11:06.05, while Emily Brennan clinched the 500 free title in 5:17.59. Sechena wound up with a 2:26.19 to crush the field in the 200 breast as well.