Press Box


HILLSDALE, Mich. â€Â“Friday at the GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championships at Hillsdale College, theAqua-â€Â˜Cats were in second place with 263 points after 29 events.  The University of Indianapolis was leading the womenâ€Â™s side of the meet with 394.50 points. NMU also crowned another GLIAC champion.


The divers were second and thirdrespectively in the one-meter diving event.  Kathie Cole, who won thethree-meter event the first day of the championships, placed second on theone-meter with 329.15 points.  Michelle Ruiz was third with 291.10 points. 


The first swimming event of theeveningâ€Â™s finals was the 400-yard I.M. as Larisa Graham was touched out forfirst place.  The winning time was 4:34.22 as Graham swam the 16 lengths of thepool in a time of 4:34.37 for second place.  Her time in the event was a NCAA Acut time. 


Sarah Bartosh became the secondâ€Â˜Cat to win a title at the meet when she won the 100 butterfly in a time of58.76 which set a new pool record at Hillsdale College.  Anna Herman was thirdin the event (59.60).  In the womenâ€Â™s 200 freestyle, Sam Pechek was third witha clocking of 1:55.37.  Her time was a NCAA B cut.


NMU had two swimmers in the 100backstroke finals, which was the next to last event of the eveningâ€Â™s program.  ShellyRuspakka was fourth with a time of 1:00.00, which was a NCAA B cut.  JulieWeiler with a time of 1:04.86 was 12th in the event.


The final event on Friday was the800 freestyle relay.  The team of Pechek, Graham, Herman and Bartosh placedsecond in the event with a time of 7:51.87.


The final day of the championshipsis Saturday (Feb. 21).


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director