Press Box

December 8, 2004


NOTRE DAME, Ind. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s swimming team concluded the first semester by participating at the NotreDame Invitational last weekend (Dec. 2-4).  The Aqua-â€Â˜Cats finished in 11thplace with 225 points.  Truman State won the meet with 1,709 points.


After the first day NMU scored 76 points.  The 200-yardfreestyle relay of Sam Pechek, Larisa Graham, Cricket Knight and Anna Hermanplaced 15th with a time of 1:41.70.  Pechek then placed 16thin the 500 freestyle with a clocking of 5:14.75.  Graham then scored somepoints in the 200 I.M. by placing 22nd (2:12.87). The final event ofthe first day of competition was the 400 medley relay as the team of JulieWeiler, Mimi Marschall, Jenna Dickinson and Eileen Vallin placed 19th(4:25.87).


On the second day of the invitational the Aqua-â€Â˜Cats placed17th in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:55.46 as the membersof the relay were Sarah Dobratz, Sarah Bartosh, Herman and Pechek.  Graham inthat nightâ€Â™s finals placed 24th in the 400 I.M. with a time of4:42.45.  Bartosh, swimming in the B-Final, in the 100 butterfly swam a 1:01.06which was good for 16th place.  The highlight of the nightâ€Â™s swimswas the performance that Pechek turned in during the 200 freestyle with a clockingof 1:54.14 which was a NCAA II A cut time, for the NCAA II National Swimmingand Diving Championships.  The final event of the second day was the 800freestyle relay as the NMU team of Lindsey Vermillion, Herman, Dobratz andPechek swam a 8:00.56 in the event which was good for 13th place. After two days of swimming the Aqua-â€Â˜Cats had 173 points which was good for 11thplace.


Vermillion began the final day of competition with a 21stplace showing in the 1650 freestyle.  Dobratz was 20th in the 200backstroke race with a time of 2:12.93.  Pechek swam a 53.93 in the 100 freestylewhich was good for 22nd .  After almost three days of swimming thefinal event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, was on the schedule.  Marschall,Herman, Bartosh and Pechek placed ninth in the event with a time of 3:39.10,which was the highest place a relay team swam at the invitational.


The Aqua-â€Â˜Cats will take a training trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. after Christmas.  The team wonâ€Â™t compete again until facing Grand Valley State in Marquette on Jan. 29.



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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director