Swimming and Diving Downs Idaho, 136-106

Swimming and Diving Downs Idaho, 136-106

MOSCOW, Idaho – Northern Arizona swimming and diving defeated Idaho, 136-106, at the UI Swim Center on Saturday.  The Lumberjacks delivered their first victory of the season despite having to compete for the third time in three days.

Against Washington State on Friday, NAU showcased its talent in the distance events.  On Saturday, the women bested its performances going one, two, and three in the 500 freestyle and first and third in the 1,000.  Krista Maier finished first in both events. 

Fi Connell delivered a pair of victories as well in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke while  Emma Lowther won the 200 butterfly rounding out the Lumberjacks' first-place swims on the day.

NAU received a boost in the diving events taking three of the top four positions on the 1-meter and 3-meter.  Taryn Harris finished first on both boards while Lana Christensen placed second on the 1-meter and third on the 3-meter.

Idaho and NAU traded wins throughout the meet but in the final event of the day, the 200 freestyle relay, the Lumberjacks finished first and third after being touched out in the 200 medley relay in the first event.  Meredith Egloria, Chalene Dirks-Ryan, Kelsey Loy and Claire Ferro swam the "A" relay and finished .18 seconds ahead of Idaho's "A" relay to seal the win.

The Lumberjacks return to Flagstaff next week for their first home dual meet of the season.  NAU faces Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m.  Boise State won the Western Athletic Conference Championships last February.

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