Aqua-'Cats Set Seven Pool Records
MOORHEAD, Minn. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s swimming and diving team set seven pool records at theDragon-Cobber Invitational over the weekend at Minnesota State UniversityMoorhead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Aqua-ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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-ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats swim to fourth place in the event with a time of 2:00.52.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Members of the relay were Sarah Dobratz, Hannah Bolger, Courtney Lowry andKatie Stamerjohn.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dobratz, in the next event the 200 backstroke, was secondwith a clocking of 2:15.75.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bolger then swam a 2:39.01 in the 200 breaststroke,which was good for fourth.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Teammate Lindsey Fortney was seventh (2:40.71).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Lowry broke the first pool record for the Aqua-ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the1,650 as she won the event with a time of 18:46.24.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lindsey Kuehn was thirdwith a 19:29.93.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the next event the squad got its second pool record whenMimi Marschall swam a 4:43.26 in winning the 400 I.M.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Teammate, Dobratz wassecond (4:54.94).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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-ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats swam to another pool record inwinning the event with a time of 8:17.60.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marschall, Stamerjohn, Dobratz andLowry were the members of the relay.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Heather Urling was sixth on theone-meter (263.30) and seventh on the three-meter boards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maggie Sorenson wasseventh on the one-meter (257.00) and sixth on the three-meter (242.30).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Stamerjohn with her 2:05.47 in the 200 freestyle was fifthin the event.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The fourth pool record was set by Herman in winning the 50freestyle in a time of 25.49. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olson was fifth in the event with a 26.04.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hermancame back to take the next event which was the 200 I.M. with a time of2:14.02.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marschall was the next swimmer in the event with a time of 2:15.74.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hermanadded to her wins with a new pool record, 1:00.07, in taking the 100butterfly.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A couple of events later in the meet, Dobratz placed fourth in the100 backstroke (1:05.24).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dobratz then came back to win the 500 freestyle in anew pool record time of 5:23.38.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lowry was third and Stamerjohn fourth in therace with 5:34.44 and 5:43.21 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Bolger in the 100 breaststroke was fifth (1:14.14).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thefinal event of the meet the Aqua-ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats set their seventh and final pool recordin winning the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:46.55.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Herman, Marschall,Bolger and Olson were the members of the relay.
The team is off to Cocoa Beach, Fla. for a training tripafter Christmas. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will host Lewis on Jan. 21 for its first meet of thesecond semester.