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Swimming and Diving Produces in Double Dual Against UNLV and UC Santa Barbara

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Northern Arizona swimming and diving turned in three event winners in a double dual meet against UNLV and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.  The Lumberjacks fell 162-95 to UNLV and 150-98 to UCSB but produced a number of season-best and lifetime best times.

"It was a great meet for us," said head coach Andy Johns.  "We had lots of energy on our side and the girls swam well. It was good to see some people in certain events.  This really helps us out for knowing who is going to swim what races in another month."

The Lumberjacks recorded three individual wins on the day with sophomore Fi Connell taking the 100 backstroke and freshmen Emma Lowther and Stirling Smith placing first in the 200 butterfly and 200 breaststroke, respectively.

"With the three individual wins, we swam really well today," said Johns.  "As a team we had 11 people with season-best times and even more than that with some of our girls that had multiple season-best times.  We had five girls with lifetime bests times so it was a great overall effort."

In addition to the three first-place finishes, NAU posted six other top three finishes on the day. 

"Fi, Emma, and Stirling's individual results were nice, but swimming fast was the most important part of weekend," Johns said.  "We really wanted some good swims today and the girls showed up."

The women train for the next month before traveling to the Western Athletic Conference Championships in San Antonio, Texas in late February.

DID YOU KNOW…Northern Arizona finished third in the Sterling Savings Bank Presidents Cup recognizing academic and athletics performances in 2008-09. The award is based on team grade point averages, graduation rates and the number of all-conference performers with a grade point average above a 3.0, as well as Men's and Women's All Sports points.