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Smithberg Places Fourth to Lead Divers to Close UA Invite

TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Gwen Smithberg garnered a fourth-place finish on platform on the final day of the Wildcat Diving Invitational to lead the Lumberjack divers in Tucson. Sophomore Chelsea Jackson joined Smithberg in the top-10 as the Lumberjacks wrapped up a successful showing at the three-day UA-hosted meet.

Smithberg, the school-record holder on platform, totaled a score of 219.30 to take fourth in the competition. She finished just behind Arizona's Sally Hackett, who posted a score of 220.85. Jackson gave the Lumberjacks two top-10 finishers, joining the University of Nevada and USC as schools with multiple top-10 scorers. Jackson just missed the 200-point mark, recording a score of 199.90.

Sophomore Carlye Townsend finished in a tie for 23rd with a score of 162.35. Senior Jane Wakefield scored 125.65 for 34th place and freshman Alexa Geiger was one spot behind with a score of 103.80 as all of NAU's divers competed on platform for the first time this season.

"Having Gwen and Chelsea in the top-10 was awesome and especially Gwen being just one point out of the top-three considering we don't have platforms," said diving coach Nikki Huffman. "Carlye did really well also today and Lexi is just beginning to learn. Jane missed one dive and otherwise she would've been further up as well. All in all, a very good day for us."

The Lumberjacks will take the Thanksgiving break off from competition before heading out to Las Cruces, N.M. NAU will face New Mexico State in a dual meet on Dec. 7 as it will look to improve its 3-1 dual record.

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