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December 18, 2010

Swimming and Diving Drops Dual to Arizona State, Ardavanis Makes it Four for Zones

TEMPE, Ariz. – Northern Arizona swimming and diving fell to Arizona State, 150-68, at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on Saturday.  Senior diver Taryn Harris and sophomore breaststroker Jaclyn Branning were the Lumberjacks top performers on the day.

"We wanted to go out, swim well, and put up some season bests," said head coach Andy Johns.  "Jaclyn Branning and Monica Veit had great swims in the 200 breaststroke.  The distance swimmers were good and some of our less experienced swimmers had great swims.  Diving went one and two on 3-meter so there were some definite positives today."

The Lumberjacks placed first and second on 3-meter as Harris won the board with a score of 328.28. 

Kristy Ardavanis placed second on 3-meter with 309.60 points.  The sophomore diver also qualified for the NCAA Zone Regionals joining Harris and seniors Lana Christensen and Megan Collier as qualifiers.

Branning won the 200 breaststroke in the last individual event of the day in a time of 2:25.61.  The Lumberjacks swept the 200 breaststroke with Veit and freshman Jordan Burnes finishing second and third, respectively.

Senior Meredith Egloria placed second in the 50 freestyle while junior Krista Maier finished second in the 500 freestyle rounding out the Lumberjacks' best finishes on Saturday.

"You don't really know how they will respond coming out of exams so considering I think it was a good meet," Johns said.  "We are going to put in a few more days of hard training, let the girls go home for awhile, and do it all again against Arizona on Jan. 7." 

Swimmers and divers combined for 15 season best results on Saturday.

DID YOU KNOW…Student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff combined to volunteer more than 4,500 hours over the 2009-10 academic year, assisting with events like Red Ribbon Week, Relay for Life, Welcome Back Jacks, St. Mary's Food Bank, Adopt a Family, Climb to Conquer Cancer. In all, the department participated with more than 20 different organizations and/or events.