Sam Pechek Wins 200 Freestyle
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The third day of the 2003 GLIACSwimming and Diving Championships is in the books.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Aqua-ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are in second place with 280.5 points asIndianapolis has moved ahead of NMU with 324.5 points.
NMU started the third day with a third place showing in the200-yard medley relay.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shelly Ruspakka,Larisa Graham, Katie Worley and Dena Quick swam a 1:51.37.
Sam Pechek picked up the Aqua-ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats first victory on thenight in the next event as she won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.42which was good enough for a NCAA II A cut.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Behind Pechek in third place was teammate Kristy Vermillion with a timeof 1:55.56.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Graham was sixth in the 100breaststroke as she swam a 1:11.60.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The final individual event of the session was the 100backstroke as Ruspakka tied for second in the event with a time of1:01.24.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU placed third in the finalevent of the evening the 800 freestyle relay.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Members of the relay for the Aqua-ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were K. Vermillion, L.Vermillion, Graham and Pechek as the tandem swam a 7:55.21.
The final day of competition will be on Saturday (Feb. 22).