DENVER, Colo. – Following a Senior Day win over conference rival and in-state foe Grand Canyon on Saturday, two of the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team's underclassmen are the class of the Western Athletic Conference this week. Sophomore Kendall Brown and freshman Alexa Geiger were rewarded with the WAC Women's Swimmer of the Week and Diver of the Week honors respectively on Tuesday after helping the Lumberjacks to a 168-125 victory over the Antelopes. It marks the second time this season that the Lumberjacks have swept the weekly conference awards.
Brown recorded two victories and set a Wall Aquatic Center pool record in the 800 freestyle. Her 18 points proved to be critical in the closely contested dual meet and she got things started with a dominating victory in the 1500 short course meter (SCM) freestyle. She finished with a time of 17:09.42, over 18 seconds better than Emma Lowther who came in second, and her 800 split time of 8:59.96 broke the previous pool record of 9:00.02 held since 2005. Her 1500 SCM freestyle time converted to a 1650-yard free time of 16:50.30, which is now the fastest in the conference by nearly three seconds. Brown then won the 400 free with a time of 4:22.94, besting GCU's Iryna Glavnyk by a little over a second. Her 400 SCM time converted to a 500-yard free time of 4:56.16, which is the third fastest time in the WAC behind only her teammates Lowther and Caitlin Wright.
Geiger had her best day of her freshman season in the Lumberjacks' final competition before the WAC Championships highlighted by a career-day on 3-meter. She earned a NCAA Zone Meet qualifying score of 309.97, her second of the season, placing first among the NAU divers. Her score smashed her previous season-best of 238.87 and propelled her to fourth in the conference on 3-meter. Geiger also climbed one spot to third in the WAC on 1-meter with a new season-best score of 282.97, which ranked second to her teammate Chelsea Jackson.
The WAC awards are the first of the careers for both Brown and Geiger. Geiger is the third Lumberjack diver to be honored by the WAC this season and Brown is the second NAU swimmer.
The Lumberjacks will see the Antelopes and the rest of their conference opposition at the WAC Championships in San Antonio, Texas from Feb. 26-March 1.