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Kelli Vander Baan
Kelli Vander Baan


MARQUETTE, Mich.-The Northern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team closed out the 2009-10 campaign by placing eighth at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships with 212 points. Wayne State claimed the women’s championship with 901.5 points. 
Kelli Vander Baan finished seventh in the 1-meter diving event with 348.40 points.  Sarah Cempel, Kelsey Sipple, Michele Kolin and Lindsay Stedman swam a time of 8:10.21 for eighth place in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
 In the finals of the 100 backstroke, Ana Alzaga placed eighth with a time of 59.58. Vander Baan also finished seventh on the 3-meter board with 398.00 points. Representing the 200 medley relay for NMU were Ashley Backman, Olga Budiansky, Jenny Gallagher and Sipple. The tandem came in seventh with a time of 1:51.15. Lauren Cockels, Sipple, Alzaga and Stedman competed in the 200 freestyle relay placing eighth with a time of 1:41.24. In the 400 medley relay, Alzaga, Budiansky, Stedman and Sipple swam a time of 4:06.98 for eighth. The 200 backstroke saw Alzaga finish sixth with a time of 11:01.65. Budiansky came in seventh in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:26.59. In the 400 freestyle relay, Alzaga, Genevieve Haas, Cockels and Stedman swam a 3:51.41 for eighth.
NMU dropped its first two meets of the season to Hillsdale and UW-Oshkosh. 
Against Hillsdale, the Chargers dominated NMU, 135-90. In the 50 freestyle, Sipple finished second with a time of 25.71. The Wildcats placed first and second on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. The 1-meter board, Ali Black captured the event with 230.45 points while Vander Baan was second (210.15). On the 3-meter board, Vander Baan won the event with 229.05 points while Black finished second (205.10).  Backman swam a 1:04.09 in the 100 backstroke for second place in the event.  Jessica Linnen captured the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.88 as Gallagher was next with a 1:18.03. The 400 freestyle relay saw NMU take the event with a time of 1:50.59. Members of the relay were Haas, Kolin, Backman and Stedman.
At UW-Oshkosh, the Wildcats suffered a 120-117 setback to the Titans. NMU started the meet with a second-place showing in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:00.62. Members of the relay were Backman, Gallagher, Haas and Sipple.  Elyse Sawka swam a time of 19:22.51 placing her second in the 1,650 freestyle.  Also second was Kolin in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:08.26. Stedman captured the 200 individual medley as she touched the wall with a 2:23.78. The Wildcats dominated the diving events as Vander Baan won both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards scoring 255.45 and 235.25 points respectively.  Black followed Vander Baan in both events scoring 223.35 and 215.00 points. With a time of 1:06.63, Haas captured the 100 butterfly.  Backman had a second-place showing in the 100 backstroke as she swam a 1:03.70. The 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke saw Sawka and Gallagher finish second respectively.   Sawka had a time of 5:44.15 while Gallagher swam a 1:17.04. The meet came down to the 200 freestyle relay as UW-Oshkosh touched out the “Cats with a 1:48.80.
NMU competed at the Calvin Winter Invitational where they finished the event in seventh place with 89 points. Grand Valley State took the invitational with 1,118 points. On the second day of the invitational, Black came in seventh on the 3-meter board with 345.45 points. She concluded the event with a fourth-place showing on the 1-meter board with 383.90 points.
At the Stevens Point Invite, the ‘Cats finished the event in seventh place scoring 232.5 points. The host school, UW-Stevens Point, won the event with 799 points. In the first day of the event, NMU captured the 200-yard freestyle relay as Cempel, Gallagher, Jackie Walsh and Stephanie Rogaczewski swam a 1:28.81. Budiansky took the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:27.17 while Vander Baan won the 3-meter board with 422.15 points. Day two saw Vander Baan score 394.75 good for second-place on the 1-meter board while Alzaga claimed the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:12.02.
 The Wildcats came out on the losing end against Grand Valley State, 172-60. Alzaga won the only individual event for NMU by taking the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:12.86. In the 500 freestyle, Kolin placed second as she swam a 5:42.56. Budiansky swam a time of 2:30.56 which was good for second while Sawka, Backman, Lindsay VandenBroeck and Kolin placed second with a time of 4:09.92.
Vander Baan qualified for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships by winning the Point Invite at UW-Stevens Point scoring 422.15 points on the 3-meter board. The championship will be held in Canton, Ohio (March 10-12).
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