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Ardavanis, Lowther Sweep Verizon WAC Swimming & Diving Awards

DENVER, Colo. – NAU junior diver Kristy Ardavanis and sophomore swimmer Emma Lowther have been named Verizon WAC Diver and Swimmer of the Week, respectively, the conference announced Tuesday. The award is the fourth already this season for Ardavanis and the first for Lowther, as the two helped NAU finish second in the UNLV Winter Invitational over the weekend.

Ardavanis, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz., won the 1-meter diving competition over 18 other divers on the first day of the UNLV Winter Invitational. She scored 295.05 to win by nearly 20 points in her 10th diving title of the season in just seven meets. She has now won four of the eight Verizon WAC Diver of the Week awards this season.

A sophomore from Cockle Bay, New Zealand, Lowther won the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle, finished second in the 800 freestyle relay, finished fourth in the 200 freestyle, and advanced to the C finals in the 100 fly during a sensational weekend in Las Vegas. She won the 500 free on the first day of competition, defeating 41 other competitors and winning by more than three seconds with a time of 4:56.55. In the 1650 free, she topped 23 other competitors by more than 22 seconds, with a time of 16:52.08. Her times in both victories were the fastest recorded in the WAC this season. She also swam the last leg of the 800 free relay team that finished second in 7:41.43, ahead of 17 other teams.

NAU returns to action on Jan. 6 with a multi-dual against Arizona, Oregon State, and New Mexico State in Tucson.