Press Box

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday night (Feb. 16).
After the final swim and dive of the four-day event was completed the Wildcats finished in eighth place with 179 points. Wayne State won the women’s side of the meet with 800 points.
Wednesday (Feb. 13) was the first day of competition for the ‘Cats. The 200-yard medley relay of Sarah Dobratz, Sarah Van Oss, Courtney Lowry and Brenda Zickus placed ninth (2:00.67). Sarah Cempel scored points for the ‘Cats in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 18:19.64 which was good for 12th place. 
The women’s 1-meter diving began the second day of the meet on Thursday (Feb. 14). Kelli Vander Baan placed fifth on the 1-meter with a score of 293.50 points. Mimi Marschall swam a 2:12.90 in the 200 I.M. “A” final to place sixth overall. The final event of the day was the 400 medley relay. Swimming for NMU were Dobratz, Van Oss, Emily Olson and Marschall. The final swimmer touched the wall with a time of 4:18.82 which was good for seventh.
Marschall got things going for the ‘Cats on Friday (Feb. 15) for the third day. Swimming in the “A” final of the 400 I.M. she swam a 4:40.21 which was good for fourth place. The time was a NCAA II “B” cut time for nationals. Van Oss placed 16th in the 100 butterfly (1:03.25). The final event on Friday was the 800 freestyle relay. NMU placed eighth in the event with a time of 8:17.02. Members of the relay were Cempel, Dobratz, Olson and Matschall.
Vander Baan with a score of 361.35 placed third on the 3-meter board on Saturday (Feb. 16). The first swimming event of the final day of the meet was the 1,000 freestyle as Cempel placed 14th in the event (10:59.60). Dobratz swimming in the “A” final of the 200 backstroke placed sixth with a time of 2:13.27. Van Oss placed 10th overall in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.52). Lowry came through with a 2:18.15 swim in the 200 butterfly for a 14th place showing. The final event of the championships was the 400 freestyle relay. Swimming for the ‘Cats were Van Oss, Dobratz, Olson and Marschall. With a time of 3:48.38 the tandem placed eighth.
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David Faiella
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