COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After an all-around impressive day on Friday, the Northern Arizona divers concluded the two-day Air Force Diving Invitational on Saturday with the 3-meter competition at the Cadet Natatorium. Sophomore Chelsea Jackson advanced to the finals and finished 11th overall with a score of 272.80 to lead four Lumberjack divers.
"It was a rough day, but the team carried on and were awesome all day," said diving coach Nikki Huffman. "Chelsea made the finals and I was proud of how they all fought through."
Following the preliminary round, Jackson advanced to the 12-diver finals by snagging the final spot with a prelims score of 260.05, just one point better than Utah's Amanda Casillas. It was the second finals appearance for the sophomore from Flagstaff this weekend following a third-place finish on 1-meter and an 11th-place finish on platform yesterday. In the finals, Jackson would improve on her seeding by one position jumping past Texas A&M's Zoe Alaniz.
Behind Jackson, freshman Alexa Geiger was the next Lumberjack diver with a score of 222.05, good for 40th. Sophomore Carlye Townsend was five spots behind with a score of 215.75 and senior Jane Wakefield finished 54th with a score of 147.00.
The divers will be reunited with the NAU swimmers next Saturday, Feb. 8, as the swimming & diving team will be back in the Wall Aquatic Center for the first time since Nov. 2. The Lumberjacks will host in-state and WAC rival Grand Canyon for Senior Day beginning at 11 a.m. The meet will be the final home one for the team's nine seniors. Including the two senior divers, Gwen Smithberg and Wakefield, senior swimmers Jordan Burnes, Andrea Derflinger, Ashani Gottlieb, Emma Lowther, Rachel Palmer, Becky Russell and Stirling Smith will be honored during the meet.
It will be the team's final competition before the WAC Championships in San Antonio, Texas from Feb. 26-March 1. Admission for the dual meet will be free for all fans.