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Swimming and Diving Takes on UNLV and UC Santa Barbara

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona swimming and diving faces UNLV and UC Santa Barbara in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) showdown at UNLV on Saturday.  The meet marks the last dual of the season for the Lumberjacks as the team prepares for the WAC Championships next month.

"We want to see some people in certain events," said head coach Andy Johns.  "This last dual meet will help us figure out who will compete in what at the conference meet.  It will be some difficult competition but in many ways it will be like our meet with Arizona and Oregon State.  There will always be a challenge and someone to race in every event."

The Lumberjacks traveled to Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 7 and competed against both Arizona and Oregon State. NAU defeated Oregon State, 160-133, for the first time in program history while falling short to Arizona, 157-122.

The Lumberjacks have a 0-17 all-time record against UNLV and a 0-1 against UC Santa Barbara. NAU is hoping to bring home a pair of wins from this double dual competition.

"It is another opportunity to have them race," Johns said.  "It gives us a chance to race at a lower elevation against some quality opponents.  This meet is nothing but good for us.  We are facing two good programs.  UNLV and UC Santa Barbara have a heated rivalry both with the men and women.  They will have some of the best racing they do this year so we will be challenged in every race."

DID YOU KNOW… The volleyball team had the best semester GPA at 3.49 in the spring of 2010, followed closely by women's cross country (3.47), women's golf (3.41), soccer (3.38) and women's basketball (3.36). Overall, 11 of the 15 teams had a 3.0 or higher semester GPA.