Freshman from Columbia Drowns at Northern Michigan University

Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:14 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 1, 2012 11:08 PM

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MARQUETTE, MI (AP) - Officials at Northern Michigan University in Marquette are investigating how a freshman soccer player drowned during a team workout in a school swimming pool.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports Saturday that 18-year-old Arianna Alioto of Columbia, Missouri, drowned shortly before 6 p.m. Friday at the Physical Education Instructional Facility.

The newspaper reported that Alioto was a 5-foot-3 center midfielder who attended Rock Bridge High School. She was also a member of Missouri's Olympic development team.

Northern Michigan head soccer coach Matt Granstrand said Saturday in a statement that "it's hard to grasp that Arianna was with us one moment and gone the next. Her death is devastating."

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