Press Box

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team sits in seventh place after the first day at the Easter Michigan Invite. NMU has 27 team points as Michigan leads the event with 380.5 points. The second day of the competition will be on Saturday (Dec. 1).
The first event of the day was the 1,650-yard freestyle, Sarah Cempel led the ‘Cats with a 19th place showing (18:37.78) with teammate Lindsey Kuehn finishing in 22nd (19:39.56). Sarah Dobratz was the highest placing ‘Cat in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:15.20 which was good for 14th. Other NMU swimmers in the event were Kathleen Sweeney (2:25.09), Nicole Kaszuba (2:27.35) and Lindsey VandenBroeck (2:29.50).
Mimi Marschall was 14th in the 100 freestyle with a clocking of 54.88. Kate Willems (58.70) and Brenda Zickus (59.14) also swam in the 100. Sarah Van Oss was the lone ‘Cat in the 200 breaststroke as she finished in 21st with a time of 2:34.21.
Courtney Lowry with a time of 2:20.52 placed 19th in the 200 butterfly. Kara VanderBaan (168.00) and Kelli VanderBaan (152.60) were 13th and 14th respectively on the 3-meter board. 
The final event of the first day was the 400 freestyle relay as NMU entered two relays in the event. NMU’s ‘A’ relay of Van Oss, Emily Olson, Dobratz and Marschall swam a 3:46.58 which was good for 12th. The ‘B’ relay of Zickus, Willems, Kaszuba and Sweeney were 15th with a time of 3:56.55.
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David Faiella
Sports Information Director