DENVER, Colo. – Fiona Connell was selected the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference swimmer of the week, the conference announced Tuesday. Connell, in her first collegiate meet, placed first in four events in a double dual meet against New Mexico State and Northern Colorado in Las Cruces, N. M. this past weekend. Nevada’s Aniesa Debaji was named diver of the week.
Connell, a freshman from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, made her Lumberjack debut last week and won all three individual events she competed in. Connell won the 100-yard backstroke (56.84), 200-yard backstroke (2:05.82) and 200-yard individual medley (2:09.36), while also leading off the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:47.45). Her time of 56.84 in the 100 backstroke is the fastest in the WAC this year, while her 200 backstroke time is the third fastest.
Connell and the NAU swimming and diving team will host Washington State in its first home dual meet of the season on Friday, November 6 at 3 p.m. at the Wall Aquatic Center. The Lumberjacks are 1-1 this fall after defeating Northern Colorado 224-75 and narrowly losing to New Mexico State 152-147.
Other swimmers nominated: Dani Yoho, Fresno State; Marichi Gandionco, Nevada; and Kelly Conrad, New Mexico State.
Other divers nominated: Stacey Luke, Fresno State; and Taryn Harris, Northern Arizona.