TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Kristy Ardavanis placed third in the 1-meter diving consolation final and junior Gwen Smithberg placed sixth overall on platform to lead NAU at the Arizona Wildcat Invite this weekend in Tucson. The Lumberjacks had all six of their divers competing in a field of more than 40 of the top collegiate divers in the region.
"Kristy did really well on 1-meter and Gwen was great on platform and very easily could have placed third," said NAU diving coach Nikki Huffman. "We were doing more training than ordinary dives and everyone did a really good job with that. We were training before the meet and after the meet and were on the pool deck every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so it's a great experience and all-in-all it was really good."
The competition began with 3-meter on Friday followed by 1-meter on Saturday and platform on Sunday. Ardavanis missed Friday's action due to illness as NAU was led in the event by freshman Chelsea Jackson with a score of 211.85. Sophomore Katie Dallmann was just behind in scoring 203.75 followed by freshman Carlye Townsend at 182.15.
Ardavanis returned Saturday for 1-meter and placed 14th overall in the preliminary round at 243.70 to advance to the consolation final, where she placed third with a total of 256.75. Smithberg was the next best finisher for NAU in the prelims scoring 195.15 followed by Jackson at 189.50.
Smithberg was superb on platform in scoring 216.00 to place sixth out of the 23 divers competing in the event. Jackson, competing on platform for the first time, scored 157.30 to place 18th overall and Dallmann scored 145.05.
The NAU divers and swimmers will reconvene to host New Mexico State in a dual in Wall Aquatic Center on Dec. 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Arizona Diving Invite – NAU Results
1M - Consolation Final
3rd – Kristy Ardavanis – 256.75
1M - Prelims
14th – Kristy Ardavanis – 243.70
34th – Gwen Smithberg – 195.15
37th – Chlesea Jackson – 189.50
39th – Katie Dallmann – 168.95
40th – Carlye Townsend – 167.80
42nd – Jane Wakefield – 164.25
3M - Prelims
30th – Chelsea Jackson – 211.85
33rd – Katie Dallmann – 203.75
39th – Carlye Townsend – 182.15
40th – Jane Wakefield – 180.60
41st – Gwen Smithberg – 180.40
6th - Gwen Smithberg – 216.00
18th – Chelsea Jackson – 157.30
20th – Katie Dallmann – 145.05
22nd – Jane Wakefield – 128.95
23rd – Carlye Townsend – 119.00