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August 17, 2011

Swimmers Lowther and Palmer Compete in New Zealand Nationals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – NAU sophomore swimmers Emma Lowther and Rachel Palmer recently competed in their home country of New Zealand in the State Insurance 2011 New Zealand Short Course Championships at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre. The duo each finished in the top 20 in every event in which they competed and both posted individual fourth place finishes competing against the best swimmers in the country.

"I competed better than I thought I would, so that was good," said Lowther, who earned three All-WAC honors as an NAU freshman in 2010-11. "I think if I have a good season of training I could come back for the Olympic trials (next spring) and do pretty well."

Lowther, a native of Cockle Bay, Manukau, New Zealand, advanced to the finals in four events, finishing fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 16.15 seconds. She finished seventh in the 50 backstroke and ninth in both the 400 freestyle and the 100 fly. Palmer advanced to five finals, take fourth place in the 200 individual medley in 2:18.66. The Bucklands Beach, Auckland, New Zealand native also finished sixth in the 200 back and 400 IM and eighth in the 200 fly and 100 back. She took two All-WAC second team honors during her freshman season at NAU.

The Kiwis are returning to Flagstaff to resume school and training for the 2011-12 season.