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Swimming and Diving Hosts New Mexico State in Final Home Meet

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona swimming and diving faces New Mexico State in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) showdown at the Wall Aquatic Center on Saturday.  The meet marks the last home event for the swimming and diving team this season.

The Lumberjacks hosted defending WAC Champion Boise State two weeks ago in their first home meet of the year.  NAU defeated the Broncos in the diving events at the Arizona Wildcat Invite but the women were outscored in the 14 swimming events at the Wall Aquatic Center.

Last year, the Lumberjacks competed against New Mexico State two times, in double duals in Las Cruces, N.M. and at Arizona State.  NAU lost a close meet 152-147 in the first double dual then raced the Aggies in a non-scoring dual in Tempe, Ariz.

"This is an important meet for several reasons," said head coach Andy Johns.  "We are racing against a WAC opponent and it's also our final home meet so we want to be able to honor our seniors and send them out the right way."

The Lumberjacks have a 20-3 all-time record against New Mexico State but have lost their last two duals against the Aggies.  NAU has faced New Mexico State every year since the 1989-90 season.  

"This is a team we are familiar with," said head coach Andy Johns of the Aggies.  "We have competed against them every year I have been here.  We are looking forward to having a good meet with fast times and strong diving results."

DID YOU KNOW…Three Lumberjack student-athletes were among the 37 graduating seniors that were recognized with the prestigious Gold Axe Award in 2010 for their achievements. The recipients included Jessi Jones (women's swimming), Lauren Salter (track and field) and Emy Ziemba (cheer and dance). The athletics department has produced 16 Gold Axe recipients since 2004.