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MOORHEAD, Minn. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s swimming and diving team set seven pool records at theDragon-Cobber Invitational over the weekend at Minnesota State UniversityMoorhead.  The Aqua-â€Â˜Cats placed second at the invitational with 865 points asthe host school won with 1,138.


The first event of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay, sawthe Aqua-â€Â˜Cats swim to fourth place in the event with a time of 2:00.52. Members of the relay were Sarah Dobratz, Hannah Bolger, Courtney Lowry andKatie Stamerjohn.  Dobratz, in the next event the 200 backstroke, was secondwith a clocking of 2:15.75.  Bolger then swam a 2:39.01 in the 200 breaststroke,which was good for fourth.  The next event on the schedule, the 200 butterfly,saw the team pick up its first win of the night when Anna Herman won the eventwith a time of 2:13.55.  Teammate Lindsey Fortney was seventh (2:40.71). 


Lowry broke the first pool record for the Aqua-â€Â˜Cats in the1,650 as she won the event with a time of 18:46.24.  Lindsey Kuehn was thirdwith a 19:29.93.  In the next event the squad got its second pool record whenMimi Marschall swam a 4:43.26 in winning the 400 I.M.  Teammate, Dobratz wassecond (4:54.94).  The final event of the first day of competition was the 200freestyle relay as the tandem of Emily Olson, Stamerjohn, Marschall and Hermanswam a 1:43.25, which was good for second place.


The second day began well for the team as the first eventwas the 800 freestyle relay and the Aqua-â€Â˜Cats swam to another pool record inwinning the event with a time of 8:17.60.  Marschall, Stamerjohn, Dobratz andLowry were the members of the relay.   Heather Urling was sixth on theone-meter (263.30) and seventh on the three-meter boards.  Maggie Sorenson wasseventh on the one-meter (257.00) and sixth on the three-meter (242.30). 


Stamerjohn with her 2:05.47 in the 200 freestyle was fifthin the event.  The fourth pool record was set by Herman in winning the 50freestyle in a time of 25.49.  Olson was fifth in the event with a 26.04.  Hermancame back to take the next event which was the 200 I.M. with a time of2:14.02.  Marschall was the next swimmer in the event with a time of 2:15.74.  Hermanadded to her wins with a new pool record, 1:00.07, in taking the 100butterfly.  A couple of events later in the meet, Dobratz placed fourth in the100 backstroke (1:05.24).  Dobratz then came back to win the 500 freestyle in anew pool record time of 5:23.38.  Lowry was third and Stamerjohn fourth in therace with 5:34.44 and 5:43.21 respectively. 


Bolger in the 100 breaststroke was fifth (1:14.14).  Thefinal event of the meet the Aqua-â€Â˜Cats set their seventh and final pool recordin winning the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:46.55.  Herman, Marschall,Bolger and Olson were the members of the relay.


The team is off to Cocoa Beach, Fla. for a training tripafter Christmas.  NMU will host Lewis on Jan. 21 for its first meet of thesecond semester.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director