Swimming and Diving Squares off Against WAC-Rival Boise State

Swimming and Diving Squares off Against WAC-Rival Boise State

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona swimming and diving departs for Boise State for a dual meet scheduled for Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks are 1-2 in duals this season falling in a close meet, 149-142, against Washington State and splitting a double dual on October 31 with a 152-147 defeat at New Mexico State and a 224-75 win versus Northern Colorado.

“They present a huge challenge for us this weekend,” said head coach Andy Johns of an improving young program in Boise State. “They are very strong especially in the sprint and really have solid people in every event across the board. It is going to be tough.”

Boise State has already competed in a number of meetings holding a 9-3 dual record so far this fall. The Broncos went 5-1 at the WAC Shootout to open the year defeating conference foes Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico State, and San Jose State.

The Broncos followed the Shootout with a dual meet against Washington State and then participated in a pair of quad meets first at BYU then at Utah. Boise State holds a 9-3 record but has actually competed in only four events.

“They are swimming fast already,” Johns said. “We are going to have to continue to improve on what we have done already to be close and compete with them this weekend.”

Boise State has faced both NAU opponents with New Mexico State at the WAC Shootout and Washington State in the Broncos’ only straight dual so far this year. Boise State has won both duals while NAU has dropped two close contests falling by a combined 12 points in the two meets.

The diving team has played a major role in the Lumberjacks keeping meets within reach. early in the season. Sophomore Taryn Harris has picked up 31 points with two first-place finishes at the 1-meter and first and second place finishes at the 3-meter. Junior Lana Christensen has added 17 points to Lumberjack totals.

“Diving is a huge strength for us,” Johns said. “It puts us in a position where diving keeps us in meets. With some wins here and there and a couple toss up events the meet could go either way. If that is the way it ends up with Boise State it will be exciting and a good trip for us.”

NAU is 2-0 against Boise State all-time in dual meets.  The Lumberjacks defeated the Broncos 139-103 during the 2008-09 season.


Order of Events
Friday, Nov. 13
1) 1-meter Diving
2) 200 Medley Relay
3) 1000 Free
4) 200 Free
5) 100 Back
6) 100 Breast
7) 200 Fly
8) 50 Free
9) 3-meter Diving
10) 200 Back
11) 200 Breast
12) 500 Free
13) 100 Fly
14) 200 IM
15) 400 Free Relay