FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women's swimming & diving team and both the Arizona State men's and women's teams will hold a meet and free clinic for youth swimmers next Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Wall Aquatic Center. Originally scheduled to take place in Sedona, the teams will compete in a meet consisting of relay races and then host a free one hour clinic with local boys and girls swimmers while accepting donations for St. Mary's Food Bank.
"It's been a long time since ASU has been up here so we're glad they are coming up to start our season off," NAU head swimming & diving coach Andy Johns said. "It's a good way for us to get into our competition season against a quality program. For their men to come up also and compete against each other and really showcase what Division-I men's swimming looks like for all of our club swimmers will be a great teaching opportunity.
We're excited that their swimmers and coaches are willing to help us out with the clinic afterwards which will be beneficial not only for all of the young swimmers in Flagstaff and northern Arizona but we also hope to make a nice donation to St. Mary's Food Bank."
The friendly competition will take place between the NAU and ASU women's swimmers alternating with the Arizona State men conducting intersquad races. Racing should take approximately one hour before the clinic commences at 11:30 with student-athletes and coaches from both teams working with local youth swimmers. The clinic will be open to all youth swimmers between the ages of 6 and 16 provided that they are registered with USA Swimming.
The three main swim clubs in northern Arizona, Flagstaff Peaks, Flagstaff Snowsharks, and Sedona Swordfish, will all be involved with the clinic. The racing between the NAU and ASU women will all be in relays and will include some nontraditional events, though it will include a 200 medley relay as well as a 400 free relay. Diving will not be included, though the teams will meet again in a traditional meet in Tempe to end NAU's regular season on Feb. 2.
Saturday's event will take place after NAU conducts its annual Blue vs Gold intersquad meet next Friday at 2 p.m. That meet will be the first competition of the year for the six NAU divers after the swimmers opened their season in the Pentathlon on Sept. 21. Admission for both the Blue vs Gold meet and the ASU meet and clinic will be free. Visit NAUAthletics.com next week for an expanded preview of the Blue vs Gold meet.