Alioto not seen in distress

MARQUETTE, Mich. — An investigation into the drowning of an 18-year-old freshman on Northern Michigan University’s varsity women’s soccer team confirmed no one saw or heard her in distress in the water, officials announced Thursday.

The school released preliminary information from its investigation into the Nov. 30 death of Arianna Alioto at the school’s Physical Education Instructional Facility in Marquette. Autopsy results are expected in January and there is no indication of foul play.

“The investigation is ongoing,” public safety director Mike Bath said in a statement. “There is still work to do ... but the initial round of interviews has been completed.”

The school has said Alioto, of Columbia, Mo., was found alone in the pool after a team workout. A lifeguard had left when the workout ended. Investigators interviewed everyone a position to see what might have happened, including soccer team members, the coach, the lifeguard and rescuers, Bath said.

The interviews confirmed “none of the persons in the pool during the training session saw or heard anyone in distress during or at the conclusion of the practice,” the school said.

The lifeguard told investigators she locked the pool entrances and turned in the pool key to the front desk about 5 p.m.; rescuers were called about 5:35 p.m., the school said. A student exercising in an area overlooking the pool reported seeing Alioto in the water.

Officials have said employees found Alioto, a graduate of Rock Bridge High School, unresponsive. After unsuccessful life-saving attempts by staff members and emergency, she was taken to Marquette General Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m.

Alioto, a 5-foot-3 midfielder, redshirted this fall while recovering from a knee injury.

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