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Diving to Face Elite Competition at Wildcat Invite

Diving to Face Elite Competition at Wildcat Invite

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women's diving team, which has swept both diving events in each of its four meets this season, will compete in Tucson this weekend in the Wildcat Diving Invite hosted by the University of Arizona. NAU will be one of 16 schools competing in the event, which includes six Pac-12 teams. The meet begins with 3-meter diving on Friday followed by 1-meter on Saturday and platform on Sunday, the first time this season that NAU will be competing on the platform.

"We've been diving really consistently and we're really excited to be a part of this event," said NAU diving coach Nikki Huffman. "There will be close to 60 women's divers at the event and it should be a great challenge for us. We should be able to step up pretty well like we did last weekend and I expect good things.

Junior Kristy Ardavanis has won seven of the eight events she has competed in this season, sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions in three of four meets. The only event that Ardavanis didn't win was the 3-meter last Thursday at Colorado State, in which senior Holly Frost got the victory with a career-best score of 298.58. Ardavanis and Frost have each already qualified for the NCAA Zones in both the 1-meter and 3-meter, while freshman Kali Lents also posted a 1-meter qualifying score of 276.15 in the dual at Colorado State. Ardavanis has twice been named Verizon WAC Diver of the Week in as many weeks of competition this season.

The field for the Wildcat Diving Invite will be larger than any other the Lumberjacks will face this season, including the NCAA Zone meet. Huffman noted the additional challenge of having each event take 20 minutes per round based on the large number of entrants, taking up to 3 hours just from the prelims of each event. The meet is slated to run from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10:30 am to noon on Sunday, with male divers competing simultaneously during much of the weekend.