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Kalamazoo Gazette
Daily Magazine
 Michigan, USA
March 13, 2005
Portage Northern has strong showing
Portage Northern has strong showing
Sunday, March 13, 2005 
Gazette Staff Reports 
ROCHESTER -- Though the championship heats were out of reach,  many local swimmers left their marks at the 2005 Division boys swimming and diving finals at Oakland University. 
Portage Northern High School had a strong showing and placed 21st as a team with 31 points, four positions higher than its performance in 2004. Igor Rasula took 10th place in the 200 free with a time of 1 minute, 46.24 seconds and 15th in the 100 free, stopping the watch at 49.51. The 200 free relay team of Barrett Marble, Kyle Austin, Alex Dawson and Igor Rasula clocked a time of 1:30.56, which was good for 10th place and the same lineup took 13th overall in the 400 free relay at 3:20.83.
Sturgis exchange-student Elias Rodriguez notched a 13th-place performance in the 50 free with a time of 22.19, the only Trojan to swim on Saturday. 
Mattawan's Rob Andrews stood out as the lone area freshman to make it past the prelims at Eastern Michigan University, moving up one spot to 14th place overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.40. 
"I felt really good and it was good to see other swimmers from around the state and gain some experience," said Andrews, who will continue to swim year-round for the Great Lakes Aquatic Club out of Loy Norrix. 
"It was a great weekend experience to have one of the only two local freshman to swim on the second day, I think he (Andrews), is pretty happy with his performance," Mattawan coach Melinda Paige said. 

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