Press Box

ASHLAND, Ohio – After three days of swimming at the 2007 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships the Northern Michigan University team currently sits in eighth place with 170.50 points. Wayne State is leading the women’s competition with 488.50 points.
Sarah Van Oss placed ninth in the 400-yard I.M. on Friday night with a time of 4:44.05. She also placed in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.51 which was good for sixth place. Scoring points for the Wildcats in the 100 butterfly was Emily Olson (1:02.23) in 15th place.
Mimi Marschall won the B-Final, ninth overall, in the 200 freestyle with a clocking of 1:58.19. The next event was the 100 breaststroke as Hannah Bolger was 15th (1:11.38). 
The final event of the third day of swimming was the 800 freestyle relay. Swimming for NMU were Sarah Cempel, Van Oss, Sarah Dobratz and Marschall as they put together a time of 8:02.58 which was good for fifth place.
NMU began the competition on Wednesday night as the 200 medley relay of Kathleen Sweeney, Megan Gerou, Van Oss and Olson placed eighth (1:54.93). Cempel just missed a top eight finish in the 1,650 freestyle as she swam an 18:20.48 for a ninth-place showing.
Thursday night’s finals began with the 200 freestyle relay. Olson, Brenda Zickus, Katie Stamerjohn and Marschall swam a 1:43.44 which was good for sixth place. Two ‘Cats scored points for the team in the 500 freestyle as Dobratz (5:19.20) and Cempel (5:23.85) were 13th and 15th respectively.
Marschall swam in the big final for the 200 I.M. as she was sixth with a time of 2:13.85. Van Oss (2:13.90) placed 11th in the event. Olson tied for 15th place in the 50 freestyle as she swam the two lengths of the pool in a time of 25.62.
The final event of the second day of swimming was the 400 medley relay. NMU placed seventh in the event with a time of 4:18.50.
The meet will conclude tomorrow (Feb. 24) at Ashland University.
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director