Press Box


ALLENDALE, Mich. - The third day of the 2003 GLIACSwimming and Diving Championships is in the books.  The Aqua-â€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.  Shelly Ruspakka,Larisa Graham, Katie Worley and Dena Quick swam a 1:51.37.  Worley then placed second in the 100 butterflywith a time of 1:00.39.  Also in thesame event Ruspakka was seventh (1:02.45), Anna Herman was 10th(1:02.93) and Quick was 12th (1:03.92).

Sam Pechek picked up the Aqua-â€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. Behind Pechek in third place was teammate Kristy Vermillion with a timeof 1:55.56.  Graham was sixth in the 100breaststroke as she swam a 1:11.60. 

The final individual event of the session was the 100backstroke as Ruspakka tied for second in the event with a time of1:01.24.  NMU placed third in the finalevent of the evening the 800 freestyle relay. Members of the relay for the Aqua-â€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).





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director