Press Box

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team had its final tune-up of the season before the championship season yesterday at Grand Valley State University. NMU faced the Lakers and Hillsdale College in a double dual. The Wildcats lost to GVSU (82-144) and defeated the Chargers (131-98).  
The 200-yard medley relay began the day’s meet. Sarah Dobratz, Courtney Lowry, Lindsay VandenBroeck and Kate Willems swam a 2:05.93. Sarah Cempel in the 1,000 freestyle placed third with a time of 11:37.88 as teammate Nicole Kaszuba was fifth (11:48.50). 
The 200 freestyle saw Dobratz place seventh (2:07.81) with Willems ninth (2:14.69) and Lindsey Kuehn 10th (2:17.90). Emily Olson was the top placing ‘Cat in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.65 which was good for fourth place. Brenda Zickus (28.26) and VanderBroeck (29.25) were eighth and 10th respectively.
Mimi Marschall and Sarah Van Oss both placed in the top four in the 400 I.M. Marschall was second with a time of 4:43.39 while Van Oss (4:52.63) was fourth. Lowry was seventh in the event (5:07.72).
The diving events saw Kelli Vander Baan take the 3-meter with a score of 246.60 while Kara Vander Baan was fourth (231.45). Kelli Vander Baan also took the 1-meter board with a score of 246.50. Kara Vander Baan was third (201.75).  Kelli Vander Baan's score on the 1-meter was enough to qualify her for the NCAA II National Swimming and Diving Championships.
Marschall was third in the 100 butterfly (1:03.08) with Lowry eighth (1:10.32). The 100 freestyle saw Olson place fifth (58.87) as she was followed by teammates Zickus (1:00.45) in eighth and Willems (1:03.27) in ninth. VandenBroeck was the lone NMU swimmer in the 100 backstroke as she swam a 1:10.57 which was good for sixth.
NMU had four swimmers in the 500 freestyle. Dobratz was the first ‘Cat to touch the wall with a time of 5:31.86 for third. Kaszuba was sixth (5:50.81), Cempel eighth (5:55.95) and Lindsey Kuehn who swam as an exhibition was ninth (5:58.09).
Van Oss won the 100 breaststroke with a clocking of 1:13.59. Kuehn was fourth (1:21.83). 
The final event of the day was the 200 freestyle relay. Olson, Zickus, Van Oss and Marschall swam a 1:46.44 for a second-place finish in the event.
NMU will be in action next at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships. The meet will be held from Feb. 13-16 at the University of Indianapolis.
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David Faiella
Sports Information Director