Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The first day ofcompetition is in the books at the 2006 Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships.  Grand Valley State University is leading the womenâ€Â™s team race with 137 points as the Warriors ofWayne State University have an edge in the menâ€Â™s team race with 106 points. The Northern Michigan University Wildcats are currently in fourth place in thewomenâ€Â™s team race with 60 points.


The first event of the meet was the 200-yard medley relay. On the womenâ€Â™s side the team from the University of Indianapolis won the racewith a time of 1:47.92.  The Northern Michigan University relay was seventh. Members of the relay were Emily Olson, Hannah Bolger, Anna Herman and Katie Stamerjohna they swam a 1:53.84.


On the menâ€Â™s side of the event the team from Wayne State set a new GLIAC Meet and pool record with a time of 1:33.89.  Members of therelay were Luiz Pacheco, Mathias Isaksson, Bruno Blanco and Per Bergstrom.  Theold record was 1:34.25 which was set in 2004 by Indianapolis. 


The only individual swimming event of the evening was the1,000 freestyle.  Ellie Miller, from Indianapolis, won the event on the womenâ€Â™sside in a new GLIAC Meet record time of 10:27.79.  She broke her own record of10:29.83 which she set at last yearâ€Â™s meet.  Melissa Duff of Wayne was second(10:37.65).  The only Wildcat to score any points in the event was CourtneyLowry who was 14th (11:19.81). 


Nick Ingrao of WSU won the menâ€Â™s 1,000 title in a new pooland GLIAC Meet record time of 9:26.69.  The Warriors captured the next twoplaces as Guiherme (9:26.92) and Nick Markou (9:39.66) were second and thirdrespectively. 


Erika Barczak from Wayne State took the 3-meter board with ascore of 379.60.  Michelle Ruiz of NMU was second with 369.35 points.


The second day will be on Thursday, Feb. 16 with prelimsbeginning at 10:30 a.m.  Finals will be tomorrow night at 6 p.m.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director