Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Wayne StateUniversity Warriors have taken over the lead in the menâ€Â™s and womenâ€Â™s team raceat the 2006 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimmingand Diving Championships. 


The WSU women have 294 points after 16 events as the first-dayleader the Grand Valley State University Lakers are at 268.  The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s team is in fourth place with 143 points.  On the menâ€Â™sside, WSU has extended its lead over the University of Indianapolis.  TheWarriors have 319 points after two complete days of competition while theGreyhounds have 273.


GVSU took the top two places in the menâ€Â™s 1-meter diving asJoel Overway won the event with 381.95 just .30 points over teammate Ryan Smith(381.65).  UIndy won the first swimming event of the night the womenâ€Â™s 200-yardfreestyle relay in a time of 1:37.45.  NMU was seventh in the event as they hitthe wall with a 1:41.58.  Members of the relay were Katie Stamerjohn, MimiMarschall, Emily Olson and Anna Herman.


UIndy made it a clean sweep in the 200 freestyle relay asthe menâ€Â™s team captured the event in a clocking of 1:24.31.  The time is a PEIFPool record. 


The womenâ€Â™s 500 freestyle saw the Warriors take the top twospots.  Melissa Duff won the event in a time of 5:08.86 while teammate ChristyKoehler was next (5:12.44).  NMU had three swimmers in the B-Final.  SarahDobratz was ninth (5:22.34), as she was followed by Stamerjohn in 14th(5:31.80) and Meghan Merkey in 16th (5:40.82).


On the menâ€Â™s side of the 500, WSU had four of the top sixswimmers in the event.  Nick Markou, from WSU, won the event in an NCAA-B cuttime of 4:38.72.  Hanno Ahonen, from UIndy, was second (4:39.04).  Nick Ingrao(4:39.06) and Guilherme Veiga (4:39.40), from WSU, were third and fourthrespectively.  Adam Brown, from Lewis, was fifth (4:44.63) and Sebastian Rzepa,from WSU, was sixth (4:47.10).


Herman placed fifth in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:13.25. Teammate Marschall was eighth (2:14.88).  Katie Harrigan, from WSU, won theevent with a 2:08.76.  Wildcat Hannah Bolger placed 15th (2:18.08).


AJ Erard of WSU won the menâ€Â™s side of the 200 I.M. with atime of 1:53.51, which is a PEIF Pool record.  Michael Lapustin, from Lewis,was second (1:53.60). 


UIndyâ€Â™s Holly Spohr took the womenâ€Â™s 50 freestyle in a newpool record time of 24.08.  Amanda Smith of Hillsdale was second (24.62). NMUâ€Â™s Emily Olson, won a swim-off earlier in the evening to swim in the event,placed 16th (26.00).


Omar Fathallah of Ashland won the menâ€Â™s 50 freestyle in apool record time of 21.03.  Freshman Marios Panagi from UIndy was second(21.09). 


The WSU womenâ€Â™s 400 medley relay won the final event of theevening in a time of 3:59.46.  Second was the relay from Hillsdale with a time of4:02.26.  The NMU relay of Merkey, Jojo Pollack, Courtney Lowry and LindseyFortney placed ninth (4:32.69).


The UIndy menâ€Â™s relay team won the 400 medley relay in aclocking of 3:24.89 which are new GLIAC Meet and PEIF Pool records.  GVSU wassecond with a time of 3:26.16.


Friday, Feb. 17 will be day three of the meet.








Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director