Four Wildcats Capture All-American Honors on NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships' Final Day

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Four Wildcats earned All-American accolades on the final day of the NCAA Swimming & Diving National Championships Saturday.

Lajos Budai was crowned an All-American for the third time during these NCAA championships, taking third (43.33) in the 100 freestyle.

Rachel Helmwho Friday became Northern Michigan's first national champion since 1999, captured All-American honors in the 200 backstroke with a third-place (1:57.05) finish.

Renars Bundzis and Angela Probstfeld took home their first All-American awards. Probstfeld claimed third in the 3-meter dive (476.75) while Bundzis finished seventh in the 200 backstroke (1:46.38).

"Having four All-Americans on the last day of competition at the NCAAs was a great way to end our 2016-17 season," said head coach Heidi Voigt. "I couldn't be prouder of this young team we brought to Birmingham. Being part of this amazing experience will foster drive and motivation for next year."

With today's results, the Wildcats will bring seven All-American trophies back to Marquette. All-Americans Budai, Bundzis, Helm and Probstfeld are all underclassmen.

In the team standings, the women placed 19th with 71 points while the men's team took 21st with 73 points.

"I am very thankful for the wonderful support system our team has from our assistant coaches to all the parents who made the trek to Alabama," Voigt said. "It was truly a Wildcat day."

2017 All-Americans

Lajos Budai – 50 freestyle (7th, 19.95)
Lajos Budai – 100 backstroke (4th, 47.14)
Lajos Budai - 100 freestyle (3rd, 43.33)
Renars Bundzis - 200 backstroke (7th, 1:46.38)
Rachel Helm – 100 backstroke (1st, 53.79)
Rachel Helm - 200 backstroke (3rd, 1:57.05)
Angela Probstfeld - 3-meter dive (476.75)

Saturday Results

Women

Rachel Helm – 200 backstroke (3rd, 1:57.05)
Angela Probstfeld – 3-meter dive (3rd, 476.75)
Savanna Saunders – 200 backstroke (12th, 2:01.01)
Courtney Konopitski, Hannah Crump, Rebecca Arakelian, Rachel Helm - 400 freestyle relay (28th prelims, 3:30.68)

Men

Lajos Budai – 100 freestyle (3rd, 43.33)
Renars Bundzis – 200 backstroke (7th 1:46.38)
Ryan Knox-Leonard – 200 backstroke (24th prelims, 1:49.31)
Janne Roovers – 1,650 freestyle (18th, 15:44.79)
Josh Decker, Jonas Reinhold, Janne Roovers, Joshua Cosgrove - 400 freestyle relay (27th prelimins, 3:05.32)


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