YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team concluded the first semester of action by competing at the Eastern Michigan University Invitational over the weekend (Dec. 5-6). NMU concluded the two-day competition with a seventh-place finish with 119 points. The University of Michigan won the event with 1,102.5 points.
Sarah Cempel (18:40.23) and Elyse Sawka (19:14.88) were 17th and 18th respectively in the 1,650-yard freestyle to open up the meet. Teammate Lindsey Kuehn was 20th with a time of 19:34.24. Ashley Oliver recorded a time of 2:13.48 (which is a four second drop from her best time) in the 200 backstroke for an 11th place showing. Catherine Sromek also in the 200 backstroke was 18th with a time of 2:22.11.
Brenda Zickus (1:00.00) and Nicole Kaszuba (1:02.19) were 22nd and 24th respectively in the 100 freestyle. The 200 breaststroke saw three Wildcats in the top 20. Hannah Bolger led the way with a 14th place finish as she had a time of 2:37.92, next was Lindsey VandenBroeck (2:51.77) 17th and 18th was Stephanie Rogaczewski (2:56.04).
Emily Olson was the lone ‘Cat in the 200 butterfly. She had a time of 2:27.88 which placed her 20th in the event. Also on the first day, Kelli Vander Baan with 199.55 points placed ninth on the 3-meter board. The final event of the first day was the 400 freestyle relay. NMU ‘A’ of Zickus, Bolger, Olson and Oliver swam a 3:56.25 for 12th place. The NMU ‘B’ relay of Kuehn, Cempel, Kaszuba and VandenBroeck were 13th (4:07.98).
Opening up the second day was the 200 medley relay. The NMU ‘A’ relay of Oliver, Bolger, VandenBroeck and Olson placed 11th (1:57.61). NMU ‘B’ of Sromek, Rogaczewski, Sawka and Kaszuba swam a 2:08.10 for 14th. The 100 butterfly had for NMU VandenBroeck 19th with a time of 1:03.79, Sawka (1:08.00) 24th and Olson (1:09.56) 25th.
The 200 freestyle had four swimmers from NMU in the event. Cempel was the top placing ‘Cat with a time of 2:03.96 for 21st, Sromek (2:11.00) 27th, Rogaczewski (2:11.03) 28th and Kaszuba (2:15.57) 29th. Kuehn swam the 200 as an exhibition (2:17.29) and placed 33rd. Bolger (1:14.46) and Zickus (1:21.02) were 16th and 18th respectively in the 100 breaststroke. Oliver had a top 10 finish in the 100 backstroke as she was 10th with a time of 1:01.56, which is a new personal best.
The final event of the second session was the 800 freestyle relay. NMU ’A’ of Sromek, Cempel, Rogaczewski and Sawka swam an 8:35.73 for an 11th place finish. NMU ‘B’ of Zickus, Kaszuba, Kuehn and Oliver were 12th with a time of 8:51.37.
The third and final session began with the 200 freestyle relay. NMU entered two relay as they placed 14th and 15th respectively. The ‘A’ relay of Zickus, Bolger, Olson and Oliver swan a 1:47.87. Members of the ‘B’ relay were Sromek, Rogaczewski, Sawka and Kaszuba as they swam a 1:50.17.
Cempel led NMU in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:27.92 for a 24th place showing. Also in the event were Sawka (5:36.58) 31st, Kuehn (5:49.05) 34th and Kaszuba (5:58.29) 36th. Sromek with a time of 2:24.79 in the 200 I.M. was 22nd as she was followed by teammates Bolger (2:25.38) 24th and Rogaczewski (2:31.51) 28th.
Olson with a time of 26.29 placed 20th in the 50 freestyle. Teammate Zickus was 26th with a time of 27.47. Vander Baan with a score of 188.55 placed eighth on the 1-meter board.
The final event of the invitational the 400 freestyle relay saw the NMU ‘A’ relay of Oliver, Bolger, Olson and Zickus placed 12th with a time of 4:20.06. In 15th place with a time of 4:41.82 was the NMU ‘B’ relay of Sromek, Rogaczewski, Sawka and VandenBroeck.
The ‘Cats will take finals this week and then after Christmas head to Cocoa Beach, Fla. for a training trip.
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