February 5, 2007
MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team faced Grand Valley State University in a final tune-up before the conference meet. It was also the Wildcats lone home meet for the semester. The Lakers handled the Aqua-‘Cats on the day by a score of 154-64.
The first event of the meet, the 400-yard medley relay placed second with a time of 4:17.69. Swimming on the relay were Sarah Dobratz, Hannah Bolger, Sarah Van Oss and Mimi Marschall. Rebecca Fisk was the top placing swimmer in the 1,650 with a time of 19:32.66 which was good for third place.
Dobratz placed third in the next event which was the 200 freestyle (2:04.58). Emily Olson swam a 26.61 in the 50 freestyle for a fourth place finish. Marschall came through for the ‘Cats in the 400 I.M. as she won the event with a time of 4:48.14. Courtney Lowry scored points for the ‘Cats in the I.M. with a fifth-place finish (5:11.32).
Van Oss was second in the 100 butterfly (1:01.97) as teammate Lowry was fifth (1:10.15). Marschall then placed third in the 100 freestyle (56.61). Meghan Merkey (1:06.09) and Olson (1:07.19) were fourth and fifth respectively in the 100 backstroke.
Dobratz led the ‘Cats in the 500 freestyle with a second-place showing (5:27.67) Van Oss was fifth in the event (5:41.51). The ‘Cats took the top two places in the 100 breaststroke as Megan Gerou (1:14.85) and Bolger (1:16.10) led the sweep.
The final event of the day the 400 freestyle relay saw the ‘Cats win the event. Swimming for NMU were Sarah Cempel, Kathleen Sweeney, Katie Stamerjohn and Olson.
NMU will swim next at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships which will be held at Ashland University, Feb. 21-24.
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