Press Box

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team capped off the fall semester by competing at the Ashland University Invite over the weekend (Dec. 1-3). The Wildcats finished with 1,039 points, which was good for fifth place, Ashland won the event with 1,956 points.
The first day of competition saw Sarah Cempel swim an 18:12.29 in the 1,650-yard freestyle which was good for second place. Courtney Lowry placed sixth with a time of 18:57.86. Lindsey Kuehn also scored points for NMU as she placed 10th (19:41.94).
Sarah Dobratz placed third (2:12.71) in the A-Final of the 200 backstroke. Swimming in the B-Final of the event, Meghan Merkey was 10th (2:18.25). NMU had two swimmers in the C-Final as Rebecca Fisk was 21st (2:29.23) and Kathleen Sweeney was next in the 22nd spot (2:30.06).
Mimi Marschall swimming in the A-Final of the 100 freestyle placed sixth with a clocking of 54.97. The other ‘Cat to place in the event was Emily Olson as she swam in the C-Final (57.59) and placed 21st.
Jojo Pollack and Megan Gerou both swimming in the B-Final of the 200 breaststroke placed 15th (2:39.28) and 16th (2:40.72) respectively. Hannah Bolger swimming in the C-Final of the event placed 17th (2:44.00).
NMU had two swimmers in the B-Final of the 200 butterfly as Lowry was ninth (2:17.77) and Sarah Van Oss 13th (2:24.07). Fisk was 19th (2:33.74) as she swam in the C-Final.
The 400 freestyle relay capped off the first day of competition. NMU placed two relays in the top 16. The “A” relay of Olson, Katie Stamerjohn, Sweeney and Marschall swam a 3:50.88 which was good for 12th place. The “C” relay of Laura Shoup, Fisk, Vanderbroeck and Kuehn placed 16th (4:06.27).
The 200 medley relay was the opening event of the second day of swimming. The NMU “A” relay of Sweeney, Van Oss, Olson and Stamerjohn placed 12th (1:58.82). The “B” relay (Merkey, Megan Gerou, Pollack and Brenda Zickus) was 13th (1:59.84) and the “C” relay (Shoup, Bolger, Vanderbroeck and Nicole Kaszuba) 14th (2:02.84).
Marschall, Van Oss, Lowry and Dobratz placed in the top eight of the 400 I.M. Marschall was fourth (4:47.03), Van Oss fifth (4:54.17), Lowry sixth (4:55.26) and Dobratz seventh (4:55.55). Fisk was 13th (5:08.51) as she swam in the B-Final.
Van Oss led the NMU women in the 100 butterfly as she placed seventh (1:02.37). Olson (1:05.56) and Pollack (1:06.60) swam in the B-Final as they were 15th and 16th respectively. Vanderbroeck swimming in the C-Final was 23rd (1:10.79).
Marschall was the lone ‘Cat in the A-Final of the 200 freestyle. She placed eighth in the event (2:01.82). Cempel (2:02.33) and Stamerjohn (2:08.11) swimming in the B-Final were 11th and 16th respectively.
Swimming in the B-Final of the 100 breaststroke were Gerou (1:13.86) and Pollack (1:14.20) as they were 15th and 16th respectively. Bolger (1:15.24) and Zickus (1:19.40) swimming in the C-Final placed 19th and 21st respectively.
Dobratz was the lone swimmer for the ‘Cats in the A-Final of the 100 backstroke as she placed eighth (1:03.86). Merkey placed 11th (1:04.77) in the B-Final as teammate Olson was 16th (1:08.00). Shoup with a time of 1:07.92 placed 19th swimming in the C-Final as Sweeney was 23rd (1:10.51).
The final event of the second day was the 800 freestyle relay. NMU placed three relays in the top 14. The “A” relay of Van Oss, Dobratz, Cempel and Marschall were fifth (8:14.57). The “B” relay (Merkey, Lowry, Pollack and Stamerjohn) placed ninth (8:27.50) and the “C” relay (Kaszuba, Kuehn, Fisk and Bolger) with a time of 8:49.43 was 14th.
Sunday’s first event was the 200 freestyle relay. The NMU “A” relay of Marschall, Zickus, Olson and Stamerjohn swam a 1:45.31 which was good for a ninth place finish in the event. The “B” relay (Bolger, Sweeney, Kaszuba and Pollack) placed 13th (1:48.70) finishing in 17th place (1:57.68) was the “C” relay (Shoup, Vanderbroeck, Kuehn and Gerou).
Dobratz was the top finisher for the ‘Cats in the 500 freestyle as she was ninth in the event (5:22.98). Other NMU swimmers in the B-Final were Stamerjohn (5:34.95) 13th and Merkey (5:36.93) 14th. Swimming in the C-Final were Lowry (5:33.15) and Fisk (5:39.68) as they finished 18th and 22nd respectively.
Marschall with a fifth-place showing in the 200 I.M. (2:15.65) and Van Oss’s eighth-place swim (2:18.33) led the ‘Cats in the event. Swimming in the C-Final were Fisk (2:25.22), Pollack (2:25.57) and Bolger (2:27.62) as they finished 20th, 21st and 24th respectively.
Olson was the lone ‘Cat to swim at night in the 50 freestyle. She swam in the C-Final and placed 20th with a time of 26.26.
The final event of the three-days of swimming was the 400 medley relay. NMU had two relay disqualified in the event. The only relay scoring was the ‘B” relay of Merkey, Pollack, Lowry and Zickus as they swam a 4:23.63 for a 12th place finish.
The ‘Cats will train in Mexico over the Christmas break before swimming at UW-Oshkosh on Jan. 19.
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David Faiella
Sports Information Director