DENVER, Colo. – NAU senior diver Kristy Ardavanis picked up right where she left off last year in opening her season with this week's WAC Diver of the Week award after receiving the honor five times during the 2011-12 season. Ardavanis posted the top NAU scores on both 1-meter and 3-meter against New Mexico and helped lead the Lumberjacks to a 152-148 win over the Lobos.
A native of Gilbert, Ariz., Ardavanis placed second on 1-meter against New Mexico at 319.28, finishing just six points back of first place and 19 points ahead of third place with the second highest 1-meter score in program history. She also placed third on 3-meter with a score of 322.58 as she contributed seven points to NAU's winning total. Both of her scores already qualify Ardavanis for the NCAA Zone meet after her first competition of the year, as she will compete at the NCAA Zones for the fourth consecutive season.
Ardavanis put together one of the best diving seasons in program history last year as she earned two All-WAC first team honors with a second place finish on 1-meter and a fourth place finish on 3-meter at the WAC Championships. At the NCAA Zone E Diving regional she advanced to the final and led NAU with a 12th-place finish on 3-meter and a 24th-place finish on 1-meter, with her performance placing her on the NCAA Championship priority list for the zone.
Ardavanis and the Lumberjacks will be back in action when they host Northern Colorado on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in Wall Aquatic Center.