Press Box


ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team had its final tune-up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships (Feb. 10-13) Saturday at Grand Valley State. After the last event the Lakers had defeated the Wildcats by a score of 172-60.
In the first two individual events of the meet, Elyse Sawka was fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:34.90) while teammate Sarah was fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:10.35).   Newcomer Gaby Alzaga was fourth in the 50 freestyle (26.07).
Also placing fourth was Kelsey Sipple in the 200 individual medley (2:24.52). Kelli Vander Baan in the diving events was second on both boards. She registered 228.15 points on the 3-meter and 264.30 on the 1-meter. The 200 butterfly saw Sarah Cempel swim a 2:29.82 for a fourth-place finish. Sipple came back to place fourth in the 100 freestyle (57.48).
Alzaga picked up NMU’s lone individual win for the meet by taking the 200 backstroke (2:12.86). Michele Kolin swam a 5:42.56 in the 500 freestyle which was good for second place while teammate Stephanie Rogaczewski was third (5:54.21).
NMU went second and third in the 200 breaststroke with Olga Budiansky (2:30.56) and Jessica Linnen (2:50.89) respectively. The 400 freestyle relay of Sawka, Ashley Backman, Lindsay VandenBroeck and Kolin swam a 4:09.92 for second place. 
The GLIAC Championships will be held at Wayne State University.
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David Faiella
Sports Information Director