FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona swimming and diving's Fi Connell led off the 400-meter medley relay with a pool record 1:03.19 in the 100-meter backstroke lowering the all-time record at the Wall Aquatic Center by .11 seconds. The Lumberjacks fell to Boise State, 154-108 in the swimming portion of the meet with the diving events at the Arizona Wildcat Invite included later today.
NAU came out strong against the defending Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Champion Boise State Broncos finishing second in the 400-meter medley relay and following up in the next event with first and third place finishes to take an early 17-16 lead.
In the next event, the Lumberjacks picked up second, third, and fourth place finishes followed by Connell's victory in the 100-meter backstroke. After four events, the meet was tied 37-37.
Emma Lowther won the 200-meter butterfly but Boise State showed its depth picking up wins in the 100-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle entering the first break with a 72-59 lead. Boise State's Stephanie North won the 50 freestyle and responded with another win in the 100-meter freestyle coming out of the break.
Connell got NAU back on track winning the 200-meter backstroke. The teams exchanged first and second place finishes in the next two events and entered the 100-meter butterfly separated by just 15 points. Unfortunately for NAU, Boise State would finish one, two, and three in the final two individual events and won the 200-meter freestyle relay to clinch the dual victory.
Connell and Lowther combined for five individual wins on the day. Connell placed first in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke while Lowther earned wins in the 800 freestyle, 200 butterfly, and 400 freestyle.
The final score from Saturday's swim meet will be added to the diving results on the 1-meter and 3-meter at the Arizona Wildcat Invite held in Tucson, Ariz. The Lumberjacks finished first, second, and third on the 1-meter springboard on Friday with Saturday's results on the 3-meter yet to me determined.