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GRAND FORKS, N.D. â€Ã‚“ The Jon Wilson Era began this past weekendat the North Dakota Fall Open Swim Meet. The Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats finished in third place with 128.50 points, theUniversity of North Dakota won the meet with 324 points and the University ofManitoba was second with 143.50 points.

The first day of the competition saw NMUâ€Ã‚™s LindseyVermillion place fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:22.77 asteammate Kara Freebury was seventh in the event (11:46.12).  The next event was the 200 freestyle as theleading â€Ã‚˜Cat was Sam Pechek as she placed second in the event (2:00.13) andLarisa Graham was sixth (2:01.37). Shelly Ruspakka was the lone placer for the â€Ã‚˜Cats in the 100 backstrokeas she swam a 1:04.31 for fifth place. Graham placed in her second event on Friday with a fifth place finish inthe 100 breaststroke (1:12.47). 

The next event on Friday night was the 200 butterfly asSarah Bartosh was third (2:17.53) and Anna Herman was fourth (2:21 .86). Pechek picked up the lone win for the team on the night by winning the50 freestyle with a time of 25.61. Bartosh tied for sixth in the same event with a clocking of 26.25. 

Diving on Friday was off the one-meter as Kathie Cole wassecond in the event with 306.30 points. Michelle Ruiz was ninth on the one-meter board with 198.35.  Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 

The second day of the competition on Saturday started withthe 100 freestyle as NMUâ€Ã‚™s Pechek was second with time of 55.63.  Ruspakka in the next event which was the 200backstroke was eighth (2:24.49).  Grahamthen scored in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:34.97.  Next up for the â€Ã‚˜Cats was the 500 freestyleas Pechek was third in the event (5:29.54). Bartosh and Herman both placed in the next event the 100 butterfly forthe Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats with a third (1:01.86) and eighth place (1:03.90) respectively.

Bartosh had a clocking of 2:16.95 in the 200 I.M. for asecond place showing as teammate Graham was fourth in the event (2:17.79). 

The Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats dove off the three-meter on the second day ofthe event.  Cole won the three-meterevent with a score of 412.30, which was a career best score.  Ruiz was sixth in the event with 254.05,which was also a career best score.

The Aqua-â€Ã‚˜Cats will be in action again the weekend ofNovember 7-8 at St. Cloud State.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director