Investigation begins in drowning of NMU student

The questions continue at Northern Michigan University today after the drowning of a student at the Physical Education Instructional Facility pool Friday evening.
Freshman soccer team member Arianna Alioto, 18, was found unresponsive in the P.E.I.F. pool just after 5:35 p.m.  A student in the upstairs exercise area that overlooks the PEIF pool saw the victim in the water and notified facility staff.
The young woman was pulled from the water, CPR was administered, and she was transported by local EMS personnel to Marquette General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
In a press conference with local media this morning, NMU Public Safety Director Michael Bath said  the soccer team had been working out in the pool area earlier.  The team, and lifeguards, had left the pool area.   The investigation will involve determining where the on-duty lifeguards were and how Alioto ended up alone in the pool area.
An autopsy will be conducted.  Results are not expected for two to four weeks.
Alioto was from Columbia, Missouri.  According to NMU officials, she redshirted the 2012 season, but was expected to challenge for a forward or midfield position for the Wildcat offense next year.
Details on this story tonight from Reporter Dan Gualdoni on ABC 10 News Now at 5:30 p.m.


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