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Sophomore Camille Merwin helped UND to three first-place finishes.
North Dakota swims away with win over Howard
Courtesy: Christy Kramer, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 01/03/2012
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FT. MYERS, Fla. - The University of North Dakota women's swimming and diving team opened the New Year and its winter training trip in Florida with a 116-80 win over Howard. In the all-relay meet, UND won each of the six events swam.

"Overall, I am very pleased with our performance," head coach Steve Parsons said. "I'm not really surprised by what we saw from both the men and women. It was a fun meet, and a different format from what we normally swim. Now it's time to get back to training hard and really pushing ourselves as we near the conference meet in February."

UND opened the morning with a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay. The 'A' team of Veronica Medon (Jr., Huntsville, Ontario), Camille Merwin (So., Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Sami Puk (So., Cedar Rapids, Iowa), and Kelsey Richels (So., Wahpeton, N.D.) clocked in at 2:12.95 and the 'B' team of Erin Grabanski (Fr., Grand Forks, N.D.), Kara Fisher (Jr., Fergus Falls, Minn.), Alyssa Bailey (So., Spearfish, S.D.), and Rachel Wessman (Fr., Fargo, N.D.) touched at 2:19.50.

UND also took first in the 200 backstroke relay as the 'A' team of Fisher, Bailey, Puk, and Medon finished with a time of 2:23.22.

Merwin, Fisher, Richels, and Samantha Simon (Sr., Barrington, Ill.) clocked in at 2:32.97 to win the 200 breaststroke relay. Merwin then went on to help teammates Allison Maxwell (So., Rogers, Minn.), Puk, and Medon to a victory in the 200 IM relay with a time of 2:17.42.

Puk, Bailey, Allison Tonsager (Fr., Ramsey, Minn.), and Grabanski won the 200 butterfly relay (2:17.20). To end the afternoon, Wessman, Simon, Bailey, and Richels took first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:02.39.

The women will conclude their training trip competition on Saturday as they take on Florida Gulf Coast, Liberty and Georgia Tech.

- UND -

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