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Swimming and Diving Opens 2010-11 Season with Strong Performance at Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. – Northern Arizona swimming dropped its opening dual meet to Washington State on Friday, 164-98.  Despite the loss, the Lumberjacks turned in impressive finishes throughout the meet.

The Lumberjacks showed their strengths early in the season posting first and second places finishes in the 500 and 1,000 freestyles against its Pac-10 opponent. 

Krista Maier won the 500 freestyle followed by teammates Claire Ferro in second-place.  Emma Lowther won her first collegiate event in the 1,000 freestyle with Kristen Jones placing second.  Fi Connell continued her dominance of the backstroke events winning the 200 backstroke on Friday.

The meet consisted of swimming events only with the swimming and diving team competing on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Idaho.

"The distance crew was really strong in the 200, 500, and 1,000 freestyles," said head coach Andy Johns.  "Fi Connell showed her form from last year in the 200 backstroke."

"It was a great first meet.  We had a lot of times as fast as or faster than last year at this time of the year.  Washington State is a tough Pac-10 team. We battled with them throught out the meet.  We are looking forward to Idaho tomorrow. We have to be on our game."

The Lumberjacks return to Moscow, Idaho to face Idaho for the second time in three days.  Saturday's meet will also be NAU's third in three days after opening the 2010 season on Thursday with the Vandal Relays.

Northern Arizona University athletics department ranked 78th to place among the Top 100 in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. NAU ranked among the top 100 schools for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and 12th overall in the last 14 years.