Press Box

December 15, 2002


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan Universitywomenâ€Ã‚™s swimming and diving team completed their first semester of action byparticipating at the Notre Dame Invitational from Dec. 5-7.  The Wildcats finished in 10thplace with 379 points as West Virginia University won the meet with 1,266points.

Day One

The 200-yard freestyle relay of Sam Pechek, Shelly Ruspakka,Katie Worley and Dena Quick placed seventh with a time of 1:38.49.  Kristy Vermillion then placed 14thin the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:15.98. Dena Quick won the only event for the Wildcats on the first day and forthe meet as she raced to a 23.94 in the 50 freestyle, which was an NCAA IInational qualifying cut.  The Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Catshad two swimmers in the C-Final heat as Pechek was 18th (24.94) andWorley was 24th (25.50).  Thediving event of the first day of action was the one-meter as Kathie Cole placed11th with 196.15 points and teammate Lindsey Bobay was 22nd(162.60).  The final event of the firstday was the 400 medley relay and the Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats placed 12th with atime of 4:04.34.  Members of the relaywere Ruspakka, Larisa Graham, Worley and Quick.  When the water had settled after the first day of swims theAqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats  were in ninth place with 165points.

Day Two Ã‚ 

The second day of the Notre Dame Invitational started withthe 200 medley relay.  NMU placed 13thin the event as Ruspakka, Graham, Worley and Quick  swam a 1:52.58.  Worleyswam an NCAA II B Cut in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.16, as sheplaced 17th in the event. Vermillion swam a 1:56.82, which was anNCAA II B Cut in

the 200 freestyle for 10th place in theevent.  Pechek was 15th inthe same event (1:58.30) as teammate Patti Wegner was 20th(1:58.22).  Graham was the lone placerfor the Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats in the 100 breaststroke as she was 24th(1:12.11).  The final swimming event ofthe day was the 800 freestyle relay as Pechek, Vermillion, Graham and Wegnerswam an 8:03.75, which was good for 14th place.  Cole was 13th (316.45 points) andBobay was 23rd in the three-meter diving. After two days ofcompetition the Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats were in 10th place with 293 points.

Day Three

The final day of the Notre Dame Invitational started withthe 1650 freestyle.  Vermillion was 19th(18:28.60).  Quick then placed sixth inthe 100 freestyle with a time of 53.04. Pechek in the same event was 22nd (54.37).  Graham scored points for the team by placing21st in the 200 breaststroke (2:29.84).  Anna Herman finished in 24th place in the 200butterfly (2:21.65).  The final swimmingevent of the three-day meet was the 400 freestyle relay as the tandem ofWegner, Vermillion, Pechek and Quick placed 12th with a time of3:39.36.

â€Ã‚œI am pleased overall with individual performances.  There are areas we still need to work on toreally polish our performance,â€Ã‚ Bob Laughna, the interim head swimming coach atNMU, said. â€Ã‚œIt was a tough week of competition with 15 teams from across thecountry showed us our strength and weakness areas.â€Ã‚

The team will come back to Marquette and train after Christmas.  They will not compete again until Jan. 25when they travel to the Motor City to swim against Wayne State.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director