UPDATED STORY: Monday, 5 p.m.
More information is available regarding the tragic death of an NMU student athlete. Eighteen-year-old Arianna Alioto drowned in the PEIF swimming pool Friday night during a soccer team workout.
An autopsy was performed Monday morning, but the results are not expected for two to four weeks. A press conference Monday morning answered some questions regarding the timeline of Friday's tragedy, but much is still unknown.
Alioto, a red-shirt freshman, did not see the field this past fall, as she worked to rehabilitate an ACL injury.
The midfielder was participating in a coach-led workout with her teammates in the PEIF pool on Friday. There was one lifeguard on duty, but the coaches in attendance are all first aid certified, per NCAA regulations. Head Coach Matt Grandstand was in attendance on Friday.
The team left the pool area around 5 p.m. It is unclear if Alioto was in the water when the team went into the locker room. It is also unknown when the life guard left the pool deck.
At approximately 5:35 p.m., a student working out in a second floor exercise area told PEIF staff they saw someone in the lap section of the pool.
"The staff immediately entered the pool area to find a female in the water unresponsive," said NMU Public Safety director Michael Bath. "9-1-1 was contacted and the staff began to administer CPR. EMS arrived and took over medical care of the individual who was then transported to MGH, where she was pronounced dead by hospital staff."
Bath said it is unknown how long Alioto was unresponsive in the water before she was found.
"Friday night, it was more dealing with the team, the family, so there's going to be some follow-up interviews to get those exact details," he said.
The investigation is being conducted by NMU Public Safety and the Marquette County Medical Examiner's office. The investigation will look into the possibility that Alioto had existing medical conditions.
"We're going through a grieving process. This type of an investigation is going to take a little bit more time than normal because the individuals that we're interviewing obviously are dealing with the stress of the situation," Bath said.
Funeral services for Alioto are planned for this Friday and Saturday in Columbia, Missouri. The soccer team is planning to attend.
And Tuesday, some NMU students are organizing a tribute to their teammate and classmate. They are asking the community to wear Alioto's favorite color, purple, wherever they are, and especially if they are attending the hockey game at the Berry Events Center. NMU plays Michigan Tech at 7:35 p.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: Saturday, 3:01 p.m.
Northern Michigan University has released the identification of Friday's drowning victim.
Eighteen-year-old freshman soccer player Arianna Alioto drowned Friday at the Physical Education Instructional Facility Pool at NMU Sports Complex, according to NMU. The cause of the drowning is under investigation.
School officials say the drowning appears to have taken place during the soccer team's workout in the pool. Alioto's teammates expressed shock over her death.
"Our team and our extended family are in extreme pain," said Coach Matt Granstrand. "It's hard to grasp that Arianna was with us one moment and gone the next. It just doesn't seem real. Her death is devastating."
NMU President David Haynes added, "Our deepest sympathies go out to the Alioto family at this time."
Alioto came to Marquette from Columbia, Missouri.