COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The
Northern Arizona diving team wrapped competition at the Air Force
Invitational on Saturday completing the 3-meter springboard and
platform events. The Lumberjacks two-day performance was their last
at an invitational this season. NAU has one final dual meet
then the WAC Championships in February.
The day opened with 3-meter competition and three Lumberjacks finished in the top 10 in a field of 28 divers. Lana Christensen led the Lumberjacks with a fifth place result and score of 270.05.
Kristy Ardavanis finished two positions behind Christensen with a score of 259.05 and a seventh place finish. Megan Collier scored 250.00 and was right behind Ardavanis with an eighth place finish. Holly Frost landed 13th, 241.25, overall and Cassie Anderson rounded out the Lumberjack divers in 23rd place, 212.45.
“On 3-meter, I was really impressed with Lana’s performance,” said diving coach Nikki Huffman. “She was only a few points from being in second place. It was really tight from second through fifth. Megan dove really well. She missed one of her best dives but she did a nice job. Kristy was very consistent and Holly was a lot more consistent. Cassie was a little off but she was working some harder dives.”
The women also took part in platform rotating between the 5-meter and 7-meter. New Mexico’s Aubrey Bush, the event winner, was the only diver to take her entire list of dives to the 10-meter.
The Lumberjacks locked up the ninth through 12th place finishes. Collier turned in the top performance with a score of 177.05 and a ninth place result. Christensen was 10th, 175.75, and followed by Ardavanis in 11th place, 172.40, and Cassie Anderson in 12th place, 171.45. Frost ended up 17th, 144.30.
“On platform, it was great to get the girls up there and competing,” Huffman said. “It helps to get us ready for conference. There are definitely a couple of areas we need to work on there and clean up a bit.”
Next up, the Lumberjacks will rejoin the swimming team in a double dual meet to close the regular season. NAU will face San Diego and San Diego State in San Diego, Calif., on Friday, February 5 in a final tune-up before the WAC Championships on February 24.
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