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HILLSDALE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s swimming and diving team finished second at the 2004 GLIACSwimming and Diving Championships, which was held for the past four days at Hillsdale College. 


The Aqua-â€Â˜Cats tallied 373 points as the University of Indianapoliswon the meet with 541.50 points.  Ã‚ Freshman Sarah Bartosh was named the GLIACFreshman of the Year, sharing the award with Alison Smith of Indy.  Bartosh wonher second individual event of the meet on Saturday night.


Lindsey Vermillion started the night off by picking up sevenpoints in the 1650-yard freestyle with a seventh place finish (18:32.53). Shelly Ruspakka then placed fifth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:12.95as teammate Julie Weiler was 10th (2:18.01). 


Sam Pechek in the next event which was the 100 freestylefinished in second place with a time of 53.50, just .07 seconds out of firstplace.  Kenzi Miller of Indianapolis won the event with a time of 53.43. Pechekâ€Â™s time was a NCAA B cut.  Ellen (Cricket) Knight was fifth in the eventwith a time of 54.43.  Larisa Graham followed that up with a sixth placeshowing in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.89).


Bartosh then won her second event of the meet as she tookthe 200 butterfly in a time of 2:09.98.  The time set a new Hillsdale Collegepool record and was a NCAA B cut.  Teammate Anna Herman was fifth in the eventwith a time of 2:14.44.


The Aqua-â€Â˜Cats capped off the night and the meet by winningthe 400 freestyle relay.  Members of the relay were Pechek, Knight, Graham andBartosh as they swam the event in a time of 3:33.50.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director