FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Winners of three consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles, and the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will have big targets on their backs this week in Houston – the site of the 2017 WAC Championships. The four-day meet will start on Wednesday and will conclude Saturday night in what could shape up to be a highly competitive meet at the top.
"It's going to come down to Saturday night's session with a lot of meaningful swims," said head coach Andy Johns. "That's a different type of excitement for us, but one that we're prepared for. We've dealt with a lot of tough competition all year long and our girls are prepared to battle. They have a lot of reasons for inspiration and I'm excited to see the culmination of all the work we've put in all year long. We're looking forward to the challenge."
The Lumberjacks rolled their way to a three-peat last year, besting New Mexico State by 319.5 points for the fifth-largest margin of victory ever at the WAC Championships. However, NAU should expect tough competition from not only New Mexico State this season, but also from Idaho, Grand Canyon and North Dakota among others.
Still, NAU will be as armed as any team this week with its stable of upperclassmen swimmers and a diving unit whose names are plentiful at the head of this year's top conference scores.
Wednesday's action will kick off with 3-meter diving preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. Arizona time. The 3-meter diving finals will start at 5 p.m. Arizona time along with the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. The first full day of individual swimming events will be Thursday.
Be sure to follow @NAUSwimDive on Twitter for live updates throughout the week's action at the University of Houston's CRWC Natatorium. Live video of each night's finals sessions will also be available at this link.
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