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February 6, 2010

Swimming and Diving Splits in San Diego, Harris Sweeps Diving

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona swimming and diving team defeated San Diego, 169-125, and lost to San Diego State, 153-116, in the final dual meet of the 2009-10 season on Saturday in the Aztec Aquaplex. Junior Taryn Harris finished first on the 1-meter and 3-meter as the Lumberjacks finished in first, second, and third on both boards.

NAU won three swimming events and dominated on the springboards filling up the top six spots on both the 1-meter and 3-meter. The top three scorers for a respective team count towards its diving total, but the Lumberjacks owned the top six spots on both boards.

“It was good to get some sea level training and racing in spite of the elements,” said head coach Andy Johns of the cold, rainy, and windy conditions in San Diego. "This is a good tuneup for the championship meet.”

Fi Connell, Rachael Foe, and Kristin Jones all recorded wins for the Lumberjacks on Saturday. Connell finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best 56.37. Foe won the 100-yard butterfly, 58.63, and Jones placed first in the 400-yard individual medley with a season-best 4:35.25.

The diving team gave the swimming team a boost sweeping both events. Harris placed first on the 1-meter with a score of 273.30 and was first on the 3-meter with a score of 305.30.

With the dual schedule complete, the Lumberjacks are now less than three weeks away from the WAC Championships in San Antonio, Texas. NAU finished second at the meet last year.

“We feel good about our training,” Johns said. “It all comes down to putting it together at the right place and time. We are confident going in. We have put in the work and the rest is just going out, having fun, and racing.”