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Lumberjacks Earn Top-25 National Ranking to Finish Season

Lumberjacks Earn Top-25 National Ranking to Finish Season

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After winning their first Western Athletic Conference championship in program history, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 25 in the final Mid-Major Poll. The Lumberjacks earned a total of 939.56 points to earn their national ranking.

"To be in the top-25, it's a big credit to our girls," said head coach Andy Johns. "They've put in a lot of hard work this season and for our upperclassmen, they've worked hard the entire time they've been here. It's a culmination of a lot of hard work coming together."

The Lumberjacks' finished in the national rankings for the third consecutive season, another indication of NAU's strong swimming and diving program. They clinched their first WAC Championship on March 1 after four runner-up finishes in the last six years. Senior Jordan Burnes and sophomore Kendall Brown won individual titles in the 200 breaststroke and 1650 freestyle respectively, events in which the Lumberjacks swept the three medal positions. The NAU swimmers picked up four NCAA B Standard times at the meet and three divers qualified for the NCAA Zone E Meet.

The Mid-Major rankings provide an objective point system to compare non-BCS programs and those that provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under NCAA rules. The Mid-Major rankings, in its 12th year, serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams that do not benefit from large scale football or basketball conferences. The rankings are the only objective ranking of swimming for NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and NJCAA.