Press Box


ST. CLOUD, Minn. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s swimming and diving team opened up the 2005-06 season with a two-day eventat St. Cloud State University.  Friday night (Oct. 28) the â€Â˜Cats swam St. Cloud in a dual meet.  Saturday afternoon (Oct. 29) saw the â€Â˜Cats and the Huskiestangle again, but this time UW-Stevens Point joined in the fun for adouble-dual.


NMU lost to SCSU 141-90 on Friday.  The first event of themeet the 400-yard medley relay the team of Sarah Dobratz, Hannah Bolger, AnnaHerman and Katie Stamerjohn placed second in the event with a time of 4:20.02. Mimi Marschall swam a 4:47.23 in the 400 individual medley which was good for asecond place finish in the event.  Michelle Ruiz picked up a win for the â€Â˜Cats asshe scored 250.25 points on the one-meter board.  She came back a couple ofevents later and captured the three-meter board (241.85).  Dobratz swan to afirst-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:17.08).  Bolger won the 200breaststroke with a time of 2:42.33. The final event of the evening was the 400freestyle relay as the team of Courtney Lowry, Emily Olson, Meghan Merkey andMarschall swam a 3:59.41 to win the event.


On Saturday the â€Â˜Cats dropped both ends of the double-dualto SCSU 149-81 and UWSP 165-70.  Olson placed fourth in the 50 freestyle with atime of 26.41.  Marschall was third in the 200 individual medley as she swamthe eight laps of the pool in 2:17.83. She then turned around and swam a5:31.80 in the 500 freestyle, which was good for fourth place.  Michelle Ruizwon both boards as she scored 256.40 on the one-meter and 244.00 on thethree-meter.  In the 100 breaststroke Bolger was second (1:15.77) as teammateJojo Pollack was third (1:18.69).  The 200 freestyle relay of Stamerjohn, Dobratz,Pollack and Marschall swam a 1:49.00, which placed them second in the event.


The â€Â˜Cats will swim at home for its next meet which is Nov.19, the PEIF Pool, at 1 p.m. against Wayne State and Hillsdale.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director