FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fiona
Connell set an unofficial pool record in the 100 backstroke and
scored a meet-high 3970 points as Northern Arizona swimming and
diving opened the 2009-10 season with the 14th annual Pentathlon
held at Wall Aquatic Center on Friday. Connell swam a time of
1:04.29 in the 100 backstroke during the Lumberjacks first of two
exhibitions this fall.
“It’s a great start,” said head coach Andy Johns of the Lumberjack’s first meet of the season. “The meet is physically and mentally tough. It kind of kick starts us into the next phase as we get a little closer to our first dual meet.”
Fiona Connell from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, won two races at the Pentathlon, a five-race event consisting of the 200-meter IM, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter, breaststroke, and 100-meter freestyle.
Connell opened the event winning the 200 IM with a time of 2:26.19 and posted the top time in the 100 backstroke. She finished with 3,970 points taking the meet's top honors.
Sophomore Chalene Dirks-Ryan placed second with 3,560 points followed by freshman Jaclyn Branning with 3,520 points. Dirks-Ryan finished in the top-five in three of the five events. Branning was second in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke and placed third in the 200 IM.
Senior Rachael Foe swam a team-best 1:06.12 in the 100 butterfly and finished in fourth place with sophomore Kristen Jones at 3,490 points. Foe had won the three previous Pentathlon’s prior to Friday’s competition.
Senior Jessi Jones took top honors in the 100 breaststroke posting a time of 1:18.56 and junior Vivian Landeck closed the meet with a 1:02.01 in the 100 freestyle.
“[This meet] is a great break from just practicing,” Johns said. “The girls like to race and it’s good for us to see them in a more competitive type of situation than just practice. Sometimes we find someone doing something we didn’t know they were good at and we might be able to use that later on in the season.”
It’s good practice for racing, cheering, and getting ready for another race. It’s good for them. We want them to be competitive with each other, but at the same time the most important thing is that they encourage each other.”
NAU swimming and diving’s next competition will be the Blue vs. Gold meet on Friday, October 16 at the Wall Aquatic Center, the final exhibition event prior to the start of the regular season against New Mexico State and Northern Colorado on Saturday, October 31 in Las Cruces, N.M.
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May 2, 2010 Athletics Department Hands Out Annual Awards
April 27, 2010 Swimming and Diving's Connell Named Mid-Major All-America
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April 2, 2010 Swimming and Diving Puts 12 on Academic All-WAC Team
February 26, 2010 Connell Wins Gold, Harris Silver on Day Three at WAC Championships
February 25, 2010 Five Lumberjacks Advance to Finals at WAC Championships on Thursday
February 24, 2010 WAC To Stream Swimming & Diving Championships
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February 11, 2010 Swimming and Divings Harris Claims Second WAC Award
February 8, 2010 Swimming and Diving Earns CSCAA Team Academic Award
February 6, 2010 Swimming and Diving Splits in San Diego, Harris Sweeps Diving
February 5, 2010 Swimming and Diving Close Dual Schedule in San Diego
January 30, 2010 Diving Finishes up at Air Force Invitational
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January 13, 2010 Ardavanis Selected WAC Diver of the Week
December 18, 2009 Swimming and Diving Set for Meet at Arizona State
December 1, 2009 Swimming and Diving Signs Two New Zealanders
November 25, 2009 Swimming and Diving's Harris Selected WAC Diver of the Week
November 18, 2009 Swimming and Diving Sweeps WAC Athlete of the Week
November 13, 2009 Connell Wins Four Events in Swimming and Divings Loss at Boise State
November 12, 2009 Swimming and Diving Squares off Against WAC-Rival Boise State
November 5, 2009 Swimming and Diving to Face Washington State in Home Opener
November 3, 2009 Connell Named Verizon Wireless WAC Swimmer of the Week
November 1, 2009 2009-10 NAU Swimming and Diving Media Guide Released
October 30, 2009 Swimming and Diving Opens Season with Double Dual Meet
October 15, 2009 Swimming and Diving Set for 27th Annual Blue vs. Gold Meet
September 25, 2009 Freshman Fiona Connell Top Scorer at 14th Annual Pentathlon
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