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Police: Alioto died following team practice

December 3, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer (jstark@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University Public Safety officials are still trying to piece together the timeline of events that led to the drowning Friday evening of an NMU women's soccer player.

"Friday night, it was more dealing with the team, the family," said Public Safety Director Michael Bath during a press conference Monday morning. "There's going to be some follow up interviews to get those exact details."

Few things are known from that evening, which ended in the tragic death of Arianna Alioto, 18, a freshman red-shirting for Northern's soccer team because of a right ACL injury.

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Bath said the team was participating in a practice called by the team's coach in the Physical Education Instructional Facility pool Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. He said Alioto was then seen in the water at 5:35 p.m. by another Northern student who was working out in an area overlooking the PEIF pool.

When reached by PEIF staff members, Alioto was unresponsive and was transported to Marquette General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

For a full story please see Tuesday's edition of The Mining Journal.

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At left, Northern Michigan University Public Safety Director Michael Bath listens as NMU Interim President David Haynes speaks during a press conference Monday morning. Haynes offered his condolences to those affected by the recent death of NMU women's soccer player Arianna Alioto. According to NMU Public Safety, Alioto, 18, drowned in the Physical Education Instructional Facility pool Friday evening. During the press conference, Bath said Alioto was seen in the water at 5:35 p.m. by a Northern student working out in an area overlooking the pool. She was pulled from the pool and transported to Marquette General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An investigation into the drowning is ongoing. (Photo by Mining Journal photographer Matt Keiser)

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.

 
 

 

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