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November 11, 2011

Swimming & Diving Wins Again, 160.5-82.5, at Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. – NAU got multiple event wins from juniors Kristy Ardavanis and Fi Connell and sophomore Rachel Palmer and won 11 of 13 events overall to earn a dominant 160.5-82.5 win over Northern Colorado on Friday evening. The Lumberjacks won for the second consecutive day in the state of Colorado and improved to 3-0 overall this season in dual competitions.

"I thought we performed really well on the second consecutive day of competition," said NAU head coach Andy Johns. "We just continue to try to get better and keep working hard. Tomorrow is going to be the biggest challenge of the weekend, but we are learning what we have to do to be able to go back-to-back."

NAU won both relay events on Friday, starting with a victory by .05 seconds in the 200 medley relay. The Lumberjacks followed with the top-three finishers in the 1000 freestyle, with senior Krista Maier winning in 10 minutes, 40.19 seconds. Palmer earned her first win in the 200 free, with NAU again finishing 1-2-3 to open up a commanding lead.

Connell took first in the 200 IM in 2:10.31 while also winning the 100 back, while Palmer won again in the 100 fly. The Lumberjacks also received swimming wins from junior Kelsey Loy in the 100 free (55.19) and sophomore Emma Lowther in the 500 free (5:16.21) and took first in the 200 free relay.

Ardavanis dominated again on the diving boards and has now won five of the six events she has competed in this season. She recorded a season-best 305.78 score in the 3-meter competition before scoring a career-best 308.70 in the 1-meter competition, with teammate Holy Frost taking second on both diving events.

The Lumberjacks will close their weekend with a quad dual at Denver on Saturday, scoring against Seattle as well as the host Denver Pioneers.