U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – NAU junior diver Kristy Ardavanis advanced to the 3-meter final and finished 12th overall with a 566.60 total to record NAU's best finish thus far at the NCAA Zone E Diving Regional at the Air Force Academy. Ardavanis placed 13th in the prelim before moving up a spot in the final to finish 12th among the 41 competitors.
"Kristy just dove really well today," NAU diving coach Nikki Huffman said. "She was hoping to finish a little bit higher but it was great diving and I can't ask for more than that. All of our girls had some great dives today, and Cassie Anderson probably had five of her best dives ever at Zones."
Ardavanis scored 278.25 in the prelim to place among the 18 competitors that advanced to the final. Her total of 566.60 was 12.55 points higher than former Lumberjack Lana Christensen scored last season in placing 11th in the event for the second-consecutive year.
Anderson had the next highest NAU finish for the second consecutive day, placing 31st with 243.70 prelim score. Freshman Kali Lents totaled 219.80 to place 40th while senior Holly Frost was just behind with a 212.70 total.
While Ardavanis ended her outstanding junior season on Friday, Anderson, Frost, and Lents are scheduled to compete on platform on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.