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Swimming and Diving Opens Up with School Record and Top-Three Relay Finish at WAC Championships

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Northern Arizona swimming and diving's 800 yard freestyle relay shaved 19 seconds off its seed time and set a school record in the process placing third on day one of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships at the Palo Alto Natatorium on Wednesday.

The meet opened Wednesday afternoon with the 200 medley relay final and 800 freestyle relay final.  The women posted a seventh place finish in the medley relay but bounced back in the 800 freestyle relay for the top-three finish.

The relay consisted of freshman Emma Lowther, seniors Claire Ferro and Vivian Landeck, and junior Krista Maier on the final leg.  The Lumberjacks came in with a time of 7:37.96 and finished on Wednesday in 7:18.32, almost 20 seconds better than their seed.

"We had a bunch of great swims and people swimming lifetime bests," said head coach Andy Johns.  "We set the school record by about five seconds so it's a great start to the week.  We are in fifth right now after two events so we hope to keep continuing to swim out our best."

The women placed seventh in the opening event to start the WAC Championships.  The relay of Fi Connell, Stirling Smith, Rachel Palmer, and Chalene Dirks-Ryan finished in 1:43.92, four seconds better than their seed time.

Day two of the WAC Championships are loaded with a full day of events beginning with prelims in the morning and finals in the evening.  The lineup for Thursday consists of the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, and the 200 freestyle relay in the evening.

Live results can be found on wacsports.com, and the finals can be viewed in streaming video for a nominal fee through the conference website.

DID YOU KNOW… The volleyball team had the best semester GPA at 3.49 in the spring of 2010, followed closely by women's cross country (3.47), women's golf (3.41), soccer (3.38) and women's basketball (3.36). Overall, 11 of the 15 teams had a 3.0 or higher semester GPA.

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