February 20, 2003

Aqua-'Cats Take Lead At GLIAC Championship

 

ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The second day of the GLIACSwimming and Diving Championships saw the NMU Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats take two individualtitles and one relay title.  NMU isleading the womenâ€Ã‚™s competition with 159 points as Indianapolis is second with156 points and the host school, Grand Valley, has 128 points for third place.

The first womenâ€Ã‚™s event of the eveningâ€Ã‚™s finals session sawthe tandem of Sam Pechek, Katie Worley, Shelly Ruspakka and Dena Quick take the200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.26.  Kristy Vermillion then took her second event of the meet as shewon the 500 freestyle with a clocking of 5:07.94. Ã‚  That was a lifetime best for Vermillion in the event and wasgood enough for a NCAA II B cut. Lindsey Vermillion was 11th in the event (5:22.11).

The next event was the 200 individual medley as LarisaGraham was fourth with a time of 2:15.68 and Anna Herman was eighth(2:18.02). 

Quick picked up her second title of the evening in the nextevent as she won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.20.  Pechek was sixth in the event (25.35), butswan a 24.83 in the prelims for a NCAA II B cut.  Also in the 50 freestyle was Worley who was 10th(25.59).  Kathie Cole and Lindsey Bobayboth placed in the one-meter diving. Cole was third (297.10 points) and Bobay was fifth (274.20 points). 

The final event of the evening was the womenâ€Ã‚™s 400 medleyrelay.  NMU placed fourth in the eventas Ruspakka, Graham, Herman and Quick swam a 4:06.83.  â€Ã‚œWe had a great night and everyone improved their times,â€Ã‚ BobLaughna, the interim swim coach of NMU, said. 

The competition continues on Friday (Feb. 21).

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
906-227-1013