BOCA RATON, Fla. – Completing its week of training in south Florida, the NAU swimming team placed second in an exhibition meet against Northwestern on Thursday afternoon in Boca Raton. The Lumberjacks placed second and third in five of six relay events and had the third and fourth finishers in the only individual event, the 1000 freestyle.
"We looked at today as a semi-run through of a morning and evening or prelims and finals session," NAU head coach Andy Johns said. "The meet had some intensity to it and the girls raced hard. Northwestern is a really good team but it was fun to race against them and it was good for our girls to have to step up and race at the end of a training camp like this. As we head into the next phase I think our girls have a lot of confidence and are getting better and that's what we came down here for."
The team had the second and third place relay teams in 300 relays in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, and individual medley. NAU also placed second in the 200 free relay as well as having the fourth place team. In the 1000 free, junior Emma Lowther placed third and freshman Kendall Brown was just behind in fourth.
The NAU divers also trained throughout the week in Florida but did not compete against Northwestern on Thursday. The team will break for the holidays before going to Tucson for a similar week of training and competition, starting training in Tucson on Dec. 30 before facing Arizona and Oregon State on Jan. 4.
"We definitely accomplished what we set out to do (in Florida)." Johns said. "I think we're set up pretty well for heading into Tucson. The girls need to do a little bit of maintenance work while they're at home and enjoy the holidays but make sure that they're ready for the next nine weeks as we get ready for San Antonio and the WAC Championships."