2014-15 Northern Arizona Swimming & Diving News
February 26, 2015
Jackson's 3-Meter Win Highlights WAC Day 2, 'Jacks Slide into First Place
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Junior Chelsea Jackson finally captured her elusive first individual WAC title to highlight Day 2 of the WAC Championships as the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team moved into first place in the team standings at the halfway point of the meet. Jackson's win on 3-meter earned the Flagstaff local her first career gold medal.
February 25, 2015
Divers Pace the Way to Second-Place Start at WAC Championships
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team felt they had the deepest group of divers in the Western Athletic Conference and that proved to be the case on the opening day of the 2015 WAC Championships. Junior Chelsea Jackson finished runner-up, her best career conference finish, in the 1-meter finals as NAU occupied half of the finals field. Behind the Lumberjack divers' performance, the team finished the day in second place with 89 points. Northern Colorado leads with 100 points.
February 24, 2015
Swimming & Diving Receives Scholar All-America Team Distinction
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On the eve of the 2015 WAC Championships, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team was honored as a 2014 Fall Scholar All-American Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Lumberjacks posted a semester GPA of 3.50 for the fall semester which was tied for 17th in the country among the nation's swimming & diving programs.
February 23, 2015
Swim & Dive Starts Title Defense on Wednesday at WAC Championships
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For years, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team were the hunters at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. This week, the Lumberjacks will be in a different position for the first time in school history. As the defending champions, NAU will instead be the hunted – the team with the target on its back – as it sets its sights on bringing back the hardware to Flagstaff for the second consecutive season.
January 31, 2015
Swimming & Diving Falls to Wyoming, Finishes Air Force Diving Invite
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. & LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team completed their regular season on Saturday with a dual meet against the University of Wyoming. The swimmers competed against the Cowgirls, as well as host UNLV in an unscored meet, in Las Vegas while the divers wrapped up competition at the Air Force Diving Invitational. Despite strong efforts in the pool and on the boards, NAU fell to a high quality Wyoming squad .
January 30, 2015
Jackson Leads NAU Diving on First Day at Air Force
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior Chelsea Jackson was one of three Northern Arizona divers to capture season-best scores on platform at the Air Force Diving Invitational. In just the team's second – and final – appearance on platform this season before the WAC Championships, Jackson placed a team-best 12th in the event on Friday, the first of two days for NAU at the competitive invite.
January 28, 2015
NAU Concludes Regular Season in Colorado, Vegas This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will have one final opportunity to compete before next month's Western Athletic Conference Championships this weekend in separate meets. The divers will spend Friday and Saturday at the Air Force Diving Invitational, while the swimmers will compete in a double-dual against UNLV and Wyoming in Las Vegas on Saturday.
January 7, 2015
Swim & Dive Victorious Over UNC, 142-93, in Home Finale
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team proved there's no place better than home as they cruised to a 142-93 victory over Northern Colorado on Wednesday, winning nine of the 11 scored events. Senior Caitlin Wright and freshman Claire Hammond each won a pair of events as the Lumberjacks won the first five events in a dominating performance in their first dual meet in the Wall Aquatic Center in a month.
January 5, 2015
Swim & Dive Returns Home, Hosts Northern Colorado Wednesday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Since last competing at home on Dec. 6, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team has spent the last month well-traveled. From Las Vegas to San Diego to Tucson, the Lumberjacks have endured through two training camps, a three-day invitational and a pair of dual meets making their return home all the more welcomed. On Wednesday, NAU will host WAC opponent Northern Colorado in the Wall Aquatic Center at 4 p.m. in the team's final home meet of the season.
January 2, 2015
Swim & Dive Battles Tough in Losses to No. 14 Arizona, Oregon State
TUCSON, Ariz. – Facing far from ideal conditions, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team persevered and nearly posted an upset in their double dual versus No. 14 Arizona and Oregon State on Friday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The Lumberjacks were denied the victory against the Beavers as Oregon State rallied in the final two events to prevail 148-146 against a feisty NAU squad. NAU also fell to the Wildcats, 191-102.
December 31, 2014
'Jacks Start End of Season Tune-Up Friday with Pac-12 Double Dual
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will begin the 2015 year – and stretch run towards the WAC Championships – on Friday in Tucson with a double dual against No. 14 Arizona and Oregon State. The double dual versus the two Pac-12 schools will serve as the team's finale of their week of training in Tucson.
December 20, 2014
Swim & Dive Picks Up Ninth Straight Win Over San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team completed their stay in Southern California with a 151-108 dual meet victory over the University of San Diego on Saturday, capping a productive week of training camp and ending the 2014 calendar year on a high note. The Lumberjacks won eight of the 14 events in posting their ninth straight dual win over the Torreros in the team's first meeting since the 2009-10 season.
December 18, 2014
Swim & Dive Renews Rivalry with San Diego on Saturday in SoCal
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a widely successful weekend in Las Vegas, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team headed further west to Southern California, where they will wrap up the week with a dual meet on Saturday versus the University of San Diego. The meet will begin at 12:30 p.m. Flagstaff time on the USD campus and will be the team’s final competition before the end of the 2014 calendar year.
December 16, 2014
Alexa Geiger Earns NAU's Second Straight WAC Weekly Diver Award
DENVER, Colo. – For the second straight week and third time this season, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team features the Western Athletic Conference's Women's Diver of the Week. For her efforts this past weekend in Las Vegas at the UNLV Invitational, sophomore Alexa Geiger was named the conference's top diver marking the second Diver of the Week nod of her career.
December 15, 2014
NAU Wraps Up UNLV Invite in Third Place
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team capped a spectacular three days in Las Vegas at the UNLV Invitational on Monday, finishing third as a team with 616.5 points. The Lumberjack swimmers were paced by senior Alexis Juergens, who finished runner-up in the 200 fly, as well as a trio of athletes in the 1,650 freestyle top five.
December 14, 2014
Swim & Dive Continues to Perform Well at UNLV Invitational
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – In another impressive day for the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team, the Lumberjack divers once again stole the show and the swimmers finished the second night of the UNLV Invitational strong. Sophomore Alexa Geiger won her second event of the weekend, leading the NAU charge on the 1-meter springboard and a host of NAU swimmers posted season-best swims in the night finals.
December 13, 2014
Divers Dominate on 3-meter to Headline Day 1 of UNLV Invite
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sophomore Alexa Geiger won the 3-meter competition and junior Kendall Brown led a strong showing for the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team in the 500 freestyle among the highlights of the Lumberjacks' first day at the UNLV Invitational. Brown placed third in the 500 free while Geiger led all four NAU divers in the top five completing a successful team performance to begin the three-day invite.
December 11, 2014
Swimming & Diving Headed to Vegas for Weekend UNLV Invite
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fresh off of completing finals week, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will face big tests this week in Las Vegas, Nev. during the three-day UNLV Invitational running from this Saturday through Monday. The three-day meet is the start of a rigorous week of training and competition before heading to San Diego, Calif. immediately following the completion of the invite.
December 9, 2014
NAU's Chelsea Jackson Named WAC Diver of the Week
DENVER, Colo. – Junior Chelsea Jackson was named the Western Athletic Conference's Women's Diver of the Week for the second time this season, and fourth time in her career, after winning the 1-meter competition in the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team's dual meet victory against New Mexico State last Saturday.
December 6, 2014
Swim & Dive Defeats WAC Foe New Mexico State on Senior Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team waited a while for their first home dual meet of the season and they punctuated Senior Day with a 182-118 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday with another complete team effort that they are getting accustomed to. The Lumberjacks claimed the win in the opening relay and coasted to a win past their Western Athletic Conference rival, providing Alex Huff, Alexis Juergens and Caitlin Wright with a successful Senior Day.
December 4, 2014
Swim & Dive Hosts New Mexico State Saturday for Senior Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will host WAC rival New Mexico State in their first home dual meet of the season this Saturday at 11 a.m., which will serve as Senior Day for the team's three seniors, Alex Huff, Alexis Juergens and Caitlin Wright. The meet will be the Lumberjacks' first appearance in the Wall Aquatic Center since their Blue vs. Gold Meet nearly two months ago and is free for all fans to attend.
November 25, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back to the Community in Operation Christmas Child
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona student-athletes are always giving back to the community of Flagstaff and this past weekend, the freshmen class held Operation Christmas Child to start spreading the holiday cheer.
November 23, 2014
Jackson Places Ninth on Platform, Leads NAU on Final Day in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona divers wrapped up their weekend at the Arizona Wildcat Diving Invitational with their first appearance on the platform tower this season on Sunday. Junior Chelsea Jackson led the Lumberjacks with a ninth-place finish and was one of three divers in the top 20, concluding a successful trip to Tucson this weekend.
November 22, 2014
Lumberjack Diving Concludes Second Day of Wildcat Invite
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona divers completed another successful day in Tucson on Saturday at the Wildcat Diving Invitational. The Lumberjacks placed a pair of divers – junior Chelsea Jackson and sophomore Alexa Geiger – in the finals of the 1-meter springboard as the team battled through a little fatigue to post successful results on day two of competition.
November 21, 2014
Jackson Places Fourth on 3-Meter on First Day of UA Diving Invite
TUCSON, Ariz. – Junior Chelsea Jackson and sophomore Alexa Geiger led the Northern Arizona divers on the first day of competition at the Wildcat Diving Invitational with appearances in the finals. Jackson advanced to the championship final and finished fourth overall, while Geiger dove in the consolation final placing 15th.
November 19, 2014
Divers Head to Competitive UA Wildcat Diving Invite
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona divers will travel south to Tucson this weekend for the three-day Wildcat Diving Invitational beginning Friday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The five Lumberjack divers will compete against divers from Boise State, Cal, BYU, New Mexico, Idaho, UNLV and New Mexico State as well as host Arizona at the always competitive invitational.
November 17, 2014
Swimming & Diving Adds Four NLI Signees for Next Season
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team continued to add to their talent base with the announcement of four incoming freshmen who signed their National Letters of Intent last week for the upcoming 2015-15 season. Head coach Andy Johns and diving coach Nikki Huffman are proud to announce the additions of Raquel Gonzales, Ila Hughes, Andrea Schmidt and Amanda Sumrow, all of whom will enter the program as freshmen.
November 8, 2014
NAU Drops Dual Meet to Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior Kendall Brown and freshman Alina Staffeldt posted victories on Saturday, but the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team fell to Pac-12 foe Washington State, 181-80, to come away with a weekend split for their trip to the Northwest.
November 7, 2014
Swim & Dive Posts Commanding 185-115 Victory over Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho – In a battle between the defending WAC Champion Northern Arizona swimming & diving team and last year's WAC runner-up Idaho, the Lumberjacks posted a dominating effort to claim early season bragging rights between the two conference rivals on Friday, notching a 185-115 dual win at the Vandals' home pool. NAU, led by a pair of top three diving sweeps and a pair of victories by senior Alexis Juergens and freshman Alina Staffeldt, picked up its first dual meet victory of the season.
November 5, 2014
'Jacks Take on Idaho, Washington State This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a week off from competition, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team heads out on an early season test to the Northwest this weekend with back-to-back dual meets against Idaho and Washington State Friday and Saturday. The Lumberjacks will look to bounce back from their season-opening loss to New Mexico following a productive two weeks of training.
November 3, 2014
NAU Athletics November Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Matt McElroy of the cross country team and Alexis Juergens of the swimming & diving team are featured in Lumberjack Academics’ monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of November.
October 29, 2014
NAU Athletics Posts 85 Percent Graduation Success Rate
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department posted a school-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate, as released by the NCAA national office Tuesday. It was the highest of the three state universities, and tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference.
October 28, 2014
NAU's Chelsea Jackson Earns First WAC Award of Season
DENVER, Colo. – After the first week of competition, junior Chelsea Jackson was named the Western Athletic Conference's Women's Diver of the Week on Tuesday announced by the conference office. Jackson earned her third career diver of the week nod after posting victories on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards in NAU's first dual meet on Saturday at New Mexico.
October 27, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Spread Message During Red Ribbon Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week throughout the community last week, from Oct. 20-24. A total of 134 student-athletes participated in Red Ribbon Week visiting local schools, speaking with Flagstaff’s youth and interacting with them in athletic activities.
October 25, 2014
Swim & Dive Falls to New Mexico in Season-Opening Dual
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team won seven of the 14 individual events on Saturday in their dual-season opener, but suffered a 170-130 loss to New Mexico in the Seidler Natatorium. Junior Chelsea Jackson swept the two diving events and freshman Alina Staffeldt captured both butterfly events for the Lumberjacks, as New Mexico returned the favor after NAU won last season's meeting between the two teams.
October 23, 2014
NAU Ready for First Dual Meet Saturday at New Mexico
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After two intrasquad meets, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team is anxious and ready to take on a different foe, which they will have the opportunity to do this Saturday in their first dual meet of the season. The Lumberjacks will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to face New Mexico at UNM's Seidler Natatorium. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. Arizona time.
October 22, 2014
Get to Know - Kimmy Richter
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Kimmy Richter hopes to continue NAU’s successful pipeline from New Zealand and is already off to a great start, having placed second in both the 200 and 400 freestyles at the team’s Blue vs. Gold meet. Get to know the freshman from Papakura, Auckland in the eighth and final installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
October 20, 2014
Get to Know - Alyssa Loeffelman
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Alyssa Loeffelman comes to NAU following a prep career at Fountain Valley High School in which she took second at the Sunset League Championship as a senior on the 1-meter springboard. This season she will add to the Lumberjacks’ quality diving unit. Get to know the freshman from Fountain Valley, Calif. in the seventh installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
October 16, 2014
2014-15 NAU Swimming & Diving Season Outlook
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Years of close calls were vanquished this past March. After four runner-up finishes in six years, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team was finally able to hoist the Western Athletic Conference trophy.
October 15, 2014
Get to Know - Jori Lindquist
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Jori Lindquist was a busy swimmer at her first WAC Championships in March, finishing 10th in the 100 backstroke and 11th in the 200 backstroke as part of four individual events in addition to swimming in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Get to know the sophomore from Kodiak, Alaska in the sixth installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
October 13, 2014
Get to Know - Alina Staffeldt
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Alina Staffeldt is already off to a fast start in her first season at NAU, winning the 100 free and finishing second in the 100 fly at the Pentathlon followed by runner-up finishes in the 50 free and 150 fly in the Blue vs. Gold meet. Get to know the freshman from Hannover, Germany in the fifth installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
October 10, 2014
Gold Edges Blue, 54-50, in Final Intrasquad Scrimmage
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fresh faces performed well, but it was seniors Alexis Juergens and Caitlin Wright who shined the brightest on Friday in the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team's annual Blue vs. Gold Meet. The two Lumberjack seniors each won two events, but it was Juergens' Gold team who was victorious in the intrasquad meet, holding off the Blue team by a 54-50 score.
October 8, 2014
Swim & Dive Splits Up for Friday's Blue vs. Gold Meet
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Just two weeks away from their first dual meet of the season, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will hold their annual Blue vs. Gold meet on Friday, 2 p.m. in the Wall Aquatic Center. The final intrasquad meet before the team’s Oct. 25 season opening dual at New Mexico is free for all fans to attend.
October 7, 2014
Get to Know - Monica Pruett
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Monica Pruett finished seventh in the 400 IM at last season’s WAC Championships to earn her first career All-WAC honor, and was also one of five Lumberjacks in the top-10 of the 200 breaststroke. Get to know the junior from Houston, Texas in the fourth installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
October 6, 2014
Get to Know - Alexa Geiger
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Alexa Geiger enjoyed a successful first showing at last season's WAC Championships, earning All-WAC second team honors on all three boards. She finished fourth on the 3-meter springboard, fifth on the 1-meter springboard and seventh on platform. Get to know the sophomore from Fullerton, Calif. in the third installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
October 1, 2014
Get to Know - Carlye Townsend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Carlye Townsend earned a pair of All-WAC second team honors at last season's WAC Championships, finishing sixth on the 3-meter springboard and eighth on the 1-meter springboard. Get to know the junior from San Clemente, Calif. in the second installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
September 29, 2014
Get to Know - Eva Pold
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eva Pold finished 14th in the 200 butterfly at last season’s WAC Championships. Get to know the junior from San Diego, Calif. in the first installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving’s Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.
September 23, 2014
Swimming & Diving Adds Late Season Double-Dual in Las Vegas
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team has secured a double-dual against Mountain West Conference foes UNLV and Wyoming in Las Vegas, Nev. on Jan. 31 announced by head coach Andy Johns on Tuesday.
September 19, 2014
Brown Takes Pentathlon Crown, Freshmen Shine in NAU Debuts
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Kendall Brown put together a solid all-around performance to win the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team’s annual Pentathlon on Friday, in the team’s debut showing for the 2014-15 season. The Pentathlon tested the team’s endurance and versatility in the five-event intrasquad meet and also served as a successful debut for the NAU freshmen in their first collegiate racing setting.
September 16, 2014
NAU Swimming Hosts Pentathlon on Friday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team takes the first small step on their road to defending their Western Athletic Conference championship on Friday, with the 19th annual Pentathlon at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the free intrasquad meet at the Wall Aquatic Center in the public's first look at the 2014-15 Lumberjacks.
August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.
August 15, 2014
Chelsea Jackson Represents NAU at USA Diving Nationals
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Chelsea Jackson competed at the USA Diving AT&T National Championships on Friday, finishing 29th in the 3-meter springboard preliminary. Although she was unable to advance to the afternoon's semifinals, the experience was invaluable for the Lumberjack diver.
August 8, 2014
Jackson Qualifies for First USA Diving National Championship
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It has been a great summer for Northern Arizona diver Chelsea Jackson and the Flagstaff native is hoping for even bigger things next week when she competes at the USA Diving AT&T National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Jackson qualified for her first National Championships last month after her shining performance on the 3-meter springboard at the Preliminary Zone D Championships.
July 29, 2014
Swim & Dive Releases 2014-15 Schedule to Defend WAC Crown
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2014 Western Athletic Conference champion Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will begin their quest towards a repeat on Oct. 25 in Albuquerque, N.M. versus New Mexico in the opening dual meet of the 2014-15 schedule. The Lumberjacks will begin the season with three consecutive dual meets on the road in what will be a challenging, yet familiar slate this upcoming season.