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February 24, 2011

Swimming and Diving in Fourth Place at WAC Championships Through Day Two

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Northern Arizona swimming and diving sits in fourth place after two day at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships.  The Lumberjacks posted several impressive finishes including a bronze medal from Fi Connell in the 200 individual medley.

"We had some great swims in the preliminary events and continued that in the finals," said head coach Andy Johns.  "It was huge for us to have three swimmers finish in the top eight in the 500 freestyle.  We had some good results in the 200 IM which helped in the scoring as well so that puts us in a great position moving forward."

Fi Connell posted the top finish for the Lumberjacks in the 200 IM followed by a sixth place result from Emma Lowther in the 500 freestyle.  Vivian Landeck and Krista Maier placed seventh and eighth in the event as well.  Claire Ferro aided in the scoring with a 10th place finish and Kristin Jones landed a 14th place finish.

The Lumberjacks also earned points in the total standings with solid performances from Jaclyn Branning and Rachel Palmer in the 200 IM.  Branning placed 10th in the finals followed by Palmer who finished in 12th place.

In the diving competition, Taryn Harris chipped in with a sixth place result on the 1-meter springboard.

"Overall I am pleased with the results," Johns said.  "The conference is better all around but we are in a good position and battling for a three-way tie for second place.  We are continuing to focus on some good individual swims and have produced a lot of season best times so far."

The conference meet will continue on Friday with five individual events, 3-meter diving, and the 400 medley relay.

WAC Championship Results

Boise State, 281 points

Hawaii, 215 points

San Jose State, 193 points

Northern Arizona, 190 points

New Mexico State, 136 points

Fresno State, 102 points

Nevada, 86 points

Idaho, 79 points

DID YOU KNOW… The Lumberjacks had 11 of their 15 intercollegiate teams record a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher led by women's soccer at 3.42. Women's basketball was close behind at 3.38, followed by women's cross country (3.38), volleyball (3.33), women's golf (3.31), men's cross country (3.26) and swimming and diving (3.22).