2010 WAC Championships Recap: Connell Sets Two School Records, Lumberjacks Pick up Six Medals

2010 WAC Championships Recap: Connell Sets Two School Records, Lumberjacks Pick up Six Medals

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Northern Arizona swimming and diving finished fifth at the 2010 WAC Championships (WAC) this past weekend in San Antonio, Texas. The Lumberjacks earned 17 All-WAC selections, totaled six medals including two for gold, and broke two school records.

Boise State won its first-ever WAC Championship scoring 587 points. The Lumberjacks finished with 464 points, behind New Mexico State (494), San Jose State (487), and Nevada (473). NAU finished ahead of Hawai‘i (392), San Diego (361), Fresno State (217), and Idaho (199).

WAC gold, silver, and bronze medals were given to the top three finishers. For individual events, All-WAC first-team awards were handed out to those top three and places fourth through eighth received All-WAC second-team. For relays, the first-place group earned All-WAC first-team while second and third place earned second-team.

The diving events followed the same format with first-place through third-place taking All-WAC first-team honors and fourth-place through eighth-placing receiving second-team accolades.

The Lumberjacks’ Fi Connell collected goal medals in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke. She became the first multiple winner for NAU at the WAC Championships since Emily Simon in 2004. Connell also took home All-WAC second-team in the 200-yard individual medley with a fifth-place finish.

Senior Rachael Foe closed out her NAU career with a bronze medal in the 100-yard butterfly. Foe was also a part of the bronze medal-winning 400-yard medley relay along with Connell, T.J. Williams, and Claire Ferro.

The NAU diving team picked up nine All-WAC honors including medals from junior Taryn Harris and freshman Kristy Ardavanis. Harris won a silver medal on the 1-meter springboard and Ardavanis collected a bronze medal on the 3-meter.

Harris, Ardavanis, Lana Christensen, and Megan Collier have all qualified for the NCAA Zone E Regionals and will compete on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards in Houston, Texas from March 11-13 with an opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., from March 18-20.

With the WAC season completed, the conference released its yearly honors. Boise State sophomore Amber Boucher earned WAC Swimmer of the Year and Hawai‘i junior Stephanie De Lima was named the WAC Diver of the Year.

New Mexico State head coach Rick Pratt repeated as WAC Coach of the Year after leading his team to a second-place finish, while Mike Brown of Hawai‘i was voted Diving Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row and sixth time in his career. Nevada’s Jiao Jiao Mi was awarded Freshman of the Year.

(Photo by Jeff Huehn)

DID YOU KNOW…Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. honored 164 Northern Arizona University (NAU) students for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments at the 31st annual Golden Eagle Awards. The Golden Eagle Awards recognize NAU athletes who have made significant contributions to the Lumberjack athletics program while maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.

2010 All-WAC First Team Awards

Athlete Event Time/Score Place
Fi Connell 100 Back 54.61 1st
Fi Connell 200 Back 1:57.50 1st
Taryn Harris 1-meter 278.25 2nd
Kristy Ardavanis 3-meter 311.50 3rd
Rachael Foe 100 Fly 55.87 3rd




2010 All-WAC Second Team Awards

Athlete Event Time/Score Place

Fi Connell/TJ Williams

Rachael Foe/Claire Ferro

400 Medley Relay 3:48.07 3rd
Megan Collier Platform 203.55 4th
Taryn Harris 3-meter 305.35 4th
Megan Collier 1-meter 261.30 6th
Cassie Anderson Platform 203.01 5th
Lana Christensen 3-meter 290.05 5th
Fi Connell 200 IM 2:04.47 5th
Megan Collier 3-meter 283.95 7th
Kristin Jones 1650 Free 17:18.58 7th
Jaclyn Branning 200 Breast 2:20.74 7th
Kristy Ardavanis 1-meter 252.85 7th
Kimber Morelli 400 IM 4:30.64 8th




NAU School Records Set at 2010 WAC Championships

Athlete Event Time/Score Place
Fi Connell 100 Back 54.61 1st
Fi Connell 200 Back 1:57.50