DENVER, Colo. – After a Wall Aquatic Center record-breaking performance in her first meet of the season, sophomore Chelsea Jackson was named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Diver of the Week on Tuesday. The award is the first of Jackson's career.
"We're really excited for what the year can bring after what we saw from all of our divers but especially Chelsea in the first meet of the year," said head diving coach Nikki Huffman. "It was exciting to see all of them diving so well already."
Jackson helped the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team capture a victory in its first dual meet of the season over New Mexico on Saturday with two stellar performances on the boards. The Flagstaff native out of Northland Prep began her second collegiate season by winning the 1-meter with a score of 303.15. Her score broke Kristy Ardavanis' Wall Aquatic Center record on 1-meter and is currently the top score in the WAC this season as well as the fourth-best in school history. Jackson also placed second on the 3-meter board with a score of 299.55 only finishing behind senior teammate Gwen Smithberg.
Both of her scores qualified Jackson for next March's NCAA Zone Diving meet just one dual meet into the season.
"The great thing is that Chelsea is already a little ahead of where she was at the end of last year," Huffman said. "She's been diving for a short amount of time so it's a process and she keeps getting better every month. I see her getting more and more consistent and she's doing tougher dives than she was doing at this point last year."
The Lumberjacks host Idaho this Saturday at the Wall Aquatic Center at 11 a.m.