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2014-15 Northern Arizona Swimming & Diving News

November 21, 2014
Jackson Places Fourth on 3-Meter on First Day of UA Diving Invite
TUCSON, Ariz. – Junior Chelsea Jackson and sophomore Alexa Geiger led the Northern Arizona divers on the first day of competition at the Wildcat Diving Invitational with appearances in the finals. Jackson advanced to the championship final and finished fourth overall, while Geiger dove in the consolation final placing 15th.

November 19, 2014
Divers Head to Competitive UA Wildcat Diving Invite
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona divers will travel south to Tucson this weekend for the three-day Wildcat Diving Invitational beginning Friday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The five Lumberjack divers will compete against divers from Boise State, Cal, BYU, New Mexico, Idaho, UNLV and New Mexico State as well as host Arizona at the always competitive invitational.

November 17, 2014
Swimming & Diving Adds Four NLI Signees for Next Season
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team continued to add to their talent base with the announcement of four incoming freshmen who signed their National Letters of Intent last week for the upcoming 2015-15 season. Head coach Andy Johns and diving coach Nikki Huffman are proud to announce the additions of Raquel Gonzales, Ila Hughes, Andrea Schmidt and Amanda Sumrow, all of whom will enter the program as freshmen.

November 8, 2014
NAU Drops Dual Meet to Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior Kendall Brown and freshman Alina Staffeldt posted victories on Saturday, but the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team fell to Pac-12 foe Washington State, 181-80, to come away with a weekend split for their trip to the Northwest.

November 7, 2014
Swim & Dive Posts Commanding 185-115 Victory over Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho – In a battle between the defending WAC Champion Northern Arizona swimming & diving team and last year's WAC runner-up Idaho, the Lumberjacks posted a dominating effort to claim early season bragging rights between the two conference rivals on Friday, notching a 185-115 dual win at the Vandals' home pool. NAU, led by a pair of top three diving sweeps and a pair of victories by senior Alexis Juergens and freshman Alina Staffeldt, picked up its first dual meet victory of the season.

November 5, 2014
'Jacks Take on Idaho, Washington State This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a week off from competition, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team heads out on an early season test to the Northwest this weekend with back-to-back dual meets against Idaho and Washington State Friday and Saturday. The Lumberjacks will look to bounce back from their season-opening loss to New Mexico following a productive two weeks of training.

November 3, 2014
NAU Athletics November Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Matt McElroy of the cross country team and Alexis Juergens of the swimming & diving team are featured in Lumberjack Academics’ monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of November.

October 29, 2014
NAU Athletics Posts 85 Percent Graduation Success Rate
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department posted a school-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate, as released by the NCAA national office Tuesday. It was the highest of the three state universities, and tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference.

October 28, 2014
NAU's Chelsea Jackson Earns First WAC Award of Season
DENVER, Colo. – After the first week of competition, junior Chelsea Jackson was named the Western Athletic Conference's Women's Diver of the Week on Tuesday announced by the conference office. Jackson earned her third career diver of the week nod after posting victories on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards in NAU's first dual meet on Saturday at New Mexico.

October 27, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Spread Message During Red Ribbon Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week throughout the community last week, from Oct. 20-24. A total of 134 student-athletes participated in Red Ribbon Week visiting local schools, speaking with Flagstaff’s youth and interacting with them in athletic activities.

October 25, 2014
Swim & Dive Falls to New Mexico in Season-Opening Dual
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team won seven of the 14 individual events on Saturday in their dual-season opener, but suffered a 170-130 loss to New Mexico in the Seidler Natatorium. Junior Chelsea Jackson swept the two diving events and freshman Alina Staffeldt captured both butterfly events for the Lumberjacks, as New Mexico returned the favor after NAU won last season's meeting between the two teams.

October 23, 2014
NAU Ready for First Dual Meet Saturday at New Mexico
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After two intrasquad meets, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team is anxious and ready to take on a different foe, which they will have the opportunity to do this Saturday in their first dual meet of the season. The Lumberjacks will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to face New Mexico at UNM's Seidler Natatorium. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. Arizona time.

October 22, 2014
Get to Know - Kimmy Richter
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Kimmy Richter hopes to continue NAU’s successful pipeline from New Zealand and is already off to a great start, having placed second in both the 200 and 400 freestyles at the team’s Blue vs. Gold meet. Get to know the freshman from Papakura, Auckland in the eighth and final installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

October 20, 2014
Get to Know - Alyssa Loeffelman
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Alyssa Loeffelman comes to NAU following a prep career at Fountain Valley High School in which she took second at the Sunset League Championship as a senior on the 1-meter springboard. This season she will add to the Lumberjacks’ quality diving unit. Get to know the freshman from Fountain Valley, Calif. in the seventh installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

October 16, 2014
2014-15 NAU Swimming & Diving Season Outlook
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Years of close calls were vanquished this past March. After four runner-up finishes in six years, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team was finally able to hoist the Western Athletic Conference trophy.

October 15, 2014
Get to Know - Jori Lindquist
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Jori Lindquist was a busy swimmer at her first WAC Championships in March, finishing 10th in the 100 backstroke and 11th in the 200 backstroke as part of four individual events in addition to swimming in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Get to know the sophomore from Kodiak, Alaska in the sixth installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

October 13, 2014
Get to Know - Alina Staffeldt
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Alina Staffeldt is already off to a fast start in her first season at NAU, winning the 100 free and finishing second in the 100 fly at the Pentathlon followed by runner-up finishes in the 50 free and 150 fly in the Blue vs. Gold meet. Get to know the freshman from Hannover, Germany in the fifth installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

October 10, 2014
Gold Edges Blue, 54-50, in Final Intrasquad Scrimmage
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fresh faces performed well, but it was seniors Alexis Juergens and Caitlin Wright who shined the brightest on Friday in the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team's annual Blue vs. Gold Meet. The two Lumberjack seniors each won two events, but it was Juergens' Gold team who was victorious in the intrasquad meet, holding off the Blue team by a 54-50 score.

October 8, 2014
Swim & Dive Splits Up for Friday's Blue vs. Gold Meet
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Just two weeks away from their first dual meet of the season, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will hold their annual Blue vs. Gold meet on Friday, 2 p.m. in the Wall Aquatic Center. The final intrasquad meet before the team’s Oct. 25 season opening dual at New Mexico is free for all fans to attend.

October 7, 2014
Get to Know - Monica Pruett
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Monica Pruett finished seventh in the 400 IM at last season’s WAC Championships to earn her first career All-WAC honor, and was also one of five Lumberjacks in the top-10 of the 200 breaststroke. Get to know the junior from Houston, Texas in the fourth installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

October 6, 2014
Get to Know - Alexa Geiger
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Alexa Geiger enjoyed a successful first showing at last season's WAC Championships, earning All-WAC second team honors on all three boards. She finished fourth on the 3-meter springboard, fifth on the 1-meter springboard and seventh on platform. Get to know the sophomore from Fullerton, Calif. in the third installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

October 1, 2014
Get to Know - Carlye Townsend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Carlye Townsend earned a pair of All-WAC second team honors at last season's WAC Championships, finishing sixth on the 3-meter springboard and eighth on the 1-meter springboard. Get to know the junior from San Clemente, Calif. in the second installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving's Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

September 29, 2014
Get to Know - Eva Pold
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eva Pold finished 14th in the 200 butterfly at last season’s WAC Championships. Get to know the junior from San Diego, Calif. in the first installment of Northern Arizona swimming & diving’s Q&A before the Lumberjacks get the season started on Oct. 25 at New Mexico.

September 23, 2014
Swimming & Diving Adds Late Season Double-Dual in Las Vegas
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team has secured a double-dual against Mountain West Conference foes UNLV and Wyoming in Las Vegas, Nev. on Jan. 31 announced by head coach Andy Johns on Tuesday.

September 19, 2014
Brown Takes Pentathlon Crown, Freshmen Shine in NAU Debuts
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Kendall Brown put together a solid all-around performance to win the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team’s annual Pentathlon on Friday, in the team’s debut showing for the 2014-15 season. The Pentathlon tested the team’s endurance and versatility in the five-event intrasquad meet and also served as a successful debut for the NAU freshmen in their first collegiate racing setting.

September 16, 2014
NAU Swimming Hosts Pentathlon on Friday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team takes the first small step on their road to defending their Western Athletic Conference championship on Friday, with the 19th annual Pentathlon at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the free intrasquad meet at the Wall Aquatic Center in the public's first look at the 2014-15 Lumberjacks.

August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.

August 15, 2014
Chelsea Jackson Represents NAU at USA Diving Nationals
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Chelsea Jackson competed at the USA Diving AT&T National Championships on Friday, finishing 29th in the 3-meter springboard preliminary. Although she was unable to advance to the afternoon's semifinals, the experience was invaluable for the Lumberjack diver.

August 8, 2014
Jackson Qualifies for First USA Diving National Championship
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It has been a great summer for Northern Arizona diver Chelsea Jackson and the Flagstaff native is hoping for even bigger things next week when she competes at the USA Diving AT&T National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Jackson qualified for her first National Championships last month after her shining performance on the 3-meter springboard at the Preliminary Zone D Championships.

July 29, 2014
Swim & Dive Releases 2014-15 Schedule to Defend WAC Crown
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2014 Western Athletic Conference champion Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will begin their quest towards a repeat on Oct. 25 in Albuquerque, N.M. versus New Mexico in the opening dual meet of the 2014-15 schedule. The Lumberjacks will begin the season with three consecutive dual meets on the road in what will be a challenging, yet familiar slate this upcoming season.