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Kalamazoo Gazette
Daily Magazine
 Michigan, USA
March 12, 2005
Locals to swim in consolation heats

Locals to swim in consolation heats
Saturday, March 12, 2005 
Gazette Staff Reports 
ROCHESTER -- A few members of Portage Northern's boys' swimming and diving team will hang around Oakland University for another day at the state finals. 
The top 16 places in Friday's preliminaries advance to today's competition, but only the top eight in each event will compete in the finals.
Senior Igor Rasula posted a 11th-place finish in the 200 freestyle Friday afternoon, as did the 400 free relay team of Rasula, Alex Dawson, Barrett Marble and Kyle Austin. The same quartet recorded a ninth-place performance and season-best time in the 200 free relay, narrowly missing all-state honors by four one-hundredths of a second. 
"It was a bit of a dissappointment for the guys to come up short but they swam pretty well and we will end up placing higher as a team this year than last year (25th)," Northern Jim Center said. 
Otsego's season ended Friday with Andrew Larson placing 18th in the 50 free. "The Class A schools just dominated, but we swam really well and broke two school records in the medley relay and the 100 butterfly," Otsego coach Darryl Belton said. 
Kalamazoo Central's Justin Rauhoff, who suffered a broken finger earlier in the season, missed the cut by one spot, placing 17th in the 100 fly and Liam Galliger took 18th in diving in the d1 competition at Eastern Michigan University. 
"We are pretty happy with our performance. Justin's injury has really hampered his season, but he fought back and turned in his best time ever in the 100 fly," Kalamazoo Central coach Ty Parker said. 
Mattawan freshman Rob Andrews will swim today after recording a 16th-place preliminary time of 54.01 seconds in the 100 fly, a personal best.
Andrews is the only local d1 swimmer who will be competing in the finals. The 200 free relay team of Andrews, Paul Tansey, Jeff Hoyle and Brian Wiley failed to make it to the finals, but clocked a new school record of 1:31.41, beating the previous record by over a second. 
Portage Central swimmers participated Friday but none qualified for today's competition. 

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