Swimming & Diving Defeated by Idaho 177.5-122.5
MOSCOW, Idaho – Competing on the second consecutive day and without several key swimmers, the NAU swimming & diving team got event wins from senior Kristy Ardavanis, junior Emma Lowther, and sophomore Caitlin Wright but Idaho won 13 of 16 events and broke two school records in a 177.5-122.5 victory. The dual loss, which moved NAU's record to 3-2 this season, was the first by NAU against Idaho in program history as the Lumberjacks had won their seven previous dual meetings with the Vandals.
"We ran into a very well prepared team," said head coach Andy Johns. "We weren't as prepared as we were last night. We'll regroup and get back to work over the next couple weeks and get ready for New Mexico State."
NAU was narrowly defeated by Washington State Friday evening before making the quick trip over to Moscow. With swimmers such as Fi Connell and Kendall Brown unavailable the shorthanded Lumberjacks got off to a good start as Lowther won the first individual race, taking the 1000 freestyle in 10 minutes, 38.64 seconds with teammate Eva Pold placing second in 10:43.70.
The Lumberjacks would not win another race until Wright came out on top in the 11th swimming event, the 500 free, in a time of 5:11.32 with Lowther second and Pold placing third. NAU did get second place finishes in the 200 butterfly, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, and both relay races but saw Idaho emerge victorious in 12 of the 14 swimming events.
On the diving boards Ardavanis continued her stellar season in winning the first event, the 3-meter competition, with a score of 295.65. NAU took three of the top four spots on 3-meter with junior Gwen Smithberg placing third at 264.82 and freshman Chelsea Jackson fourth with a career-best 261.75 total. Idaho's Paige Hunt went on to win on 1-meter with Ardavanis second at 272.55 and Jackson third scoring 248.92.
The NAU divers will compete at the Arizona Diving Invite in Tucson next Friday through Sunday before the squads will reconvene to host New Mexico State for a dual at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 in Wall Aquatic Center.