NAU Swimming & Diving Expects Big Challenges at WAC ChampionshipsFLAGSTAFF, 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.
Kurach Captures First Career WAC Diver of the Week AwardDENVER, Colo. – In her final opportunity of the season, sophomore Tanya Kurach finally achieved her elusive first WAC Diver of the Week award on Tuesday as announced by the conference office. Kurach became the fourth Northern Arizona diver to receive weekly honors from the WAC this season.
NAU Posts Positive Results in Final Meets of Regular SeasonBOISE, Idaho and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team concluded their regular season on Saturday with split competitions and positive results. Although the swimmers dropped both of their dual meets, 163.5-84.5 to Boise State and 144-113 to Nevada, NAU picked up three overall event wins. Meanwhile, the divers once again placed a pair in the 3-meter finals on the last day of the Air Force Diving Invitational.
Divers Excel on First Day of Air Force Diving InvitationalCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Northern Arizona divers endured a long day of competition, but thrived on the first day of the Air Force Diving Invitational with sophomores Tanya Kurach and Raquel Gonzales garnering top three finishes. Kurach placed second in the 1-meter finals, while Gonzales wound up in third on the platform.
NAU Competes in Final Competitions Before Conference ChampionshipsFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Less than a month remains before the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will defend their Western Athletic Conference championship. With that in mind, this week's separate competitions for the Lumberjack swimmers and divers will take on extra importance as that is all that stands between the team and the conference meet.
Swimming & Diving Honored as CSCAA Scholar All-America TeamNORFOLK, Va. – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) once again recognized the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team's exceptional academic performance with a Scholar All-America Team distinction on Wednesday. The award is in recognition of teams that achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Kazakeviciute Picks Up Second WAC Award in Three WeeksDENVER, Colo. – Senior Urte Kazakeviciute continued her exceptional run of late on Saturday with two victories and captured her second WAC Swimmer of the Week award in three weeks on Tuesday as a result. The honor is the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team's eighth athlete of the week nod this season.
Swimming & Diving Routs Northern Colorado, 170-91, on Senior DayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In their final home meet of the season, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team made quite a statement Saturday morning. The Lumberjacks won all 15 events and went one-two-three in 11 of them in easily dispatching WAC foe Northern Colorado, 170-91, in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex.
Swimming & Diving's Seniors Compete in Final Home Meet SaturdayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Prior to 2017 senior class’ arrival three years ago, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team had never won a Western Athletic Conference Championship. In fact, it had been 15 years since the program had captured any conference titles.
Kazakeviciute Earns First Career WAC Swimmer of the Week AwardDENVER, Colo. – For the first time in her career, senior Urte Kazakeviciute was named the WAC Swimmer of the Week on Thursday for her dominating performance in Tucson last week. Kazakeiviciute is the second Northern Arizona swimmer to be honored by the conference office and fifth different Lumberjack overall to receive either a Swimmer or Diver of the Week award this season.
NAU Wins Five Events, Derails Oregon State for Second Straight YearTUCSON, Ariz. – The trip down to Tucson was a highly successful one on Friday for the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team as they handed Oregon State a loss for the second straight year, 167-125. The Lumberjacks also more than held their own against Arizona, ranked No. 8 nationally, falling 178-118, in the double dual also featuring WAC rival New Mexico State.
Swimming & Diving Squares Off With Arizona, Oregon State on FridayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The New Year guarantees three things every year: excitement, optimism and a Northern Arizona swimming & diving trip to Tucson. For the 12th straight year, the Lumberjacks will make their annual trek south to square off against Arizona and Oregon State this Friday. The double dual, also featuring New Mexico State, will begin at 12 p.m. at UA's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
Lumberjacks Drop Dual, 172-114, to Arizona State in TempeTEMPE, Ariz. – Senior Urte Kazakeviciute showed she was up to the challenge that Arizona State presented on Friday, winning the 100 breaststroke and finishing second in the 200 breast in Northern Arizona swimming & diving's 172-114 dual meet loss to its Pac-12 rival. The meet was NAU's last before the New Year.
NAU Diving Duo Finishes Fourth in USA Diving 3-Meter SynchroCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Alexa Geiger and Northern Arizona alum Chelsea Jackson completed their run at the USA Diving Winter National Championships on Friday with a shining performance in the 3-meter synchronized springboard competition. The duo, in just their second synchro meet together, placed fourth overall in the finals.
Jackson and Geiger Impress on 1-Meter at USA Diving Winter NationalsCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Northern Arizona’s Chelsea Jackson and Alexa Geiger performed well on the big stage on the first day of the USA Diving Winter National Championships. The Lumberjack divers competed in the 1-meter springboard preliminary on Thursday placing 14th and 15th respectively and missed the finals in their first of two competitions.
Swimming & Diving Travels to the Valley Friday to Face Arizona StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – At the conclusion of university finals week, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will have one final test to close out 2016 on Friday when they travel to Tempe to take on Arizona State. The Lumberjacks and their in-state neighbor to the south will square off at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on the Arizona State campus beginning at 2 p.m.
Geiger and Jackson Set to Compete at USA Diving Winter NationalsFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On the short list of the most accomplished divers in Northern Arizona program history, senior Alexa Geiger and NAU alum Chelsea Jackson will compete at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio starting Thursday. The competition will take place on Ohio State University's campus at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Swimming & Diving Cruises to 168-127 Victory Over NMSUFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team blazed through the first half of Saturday's dual meet and coasted to victory, 168-127, over New Mexico State in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The Lumberjacks won 13 of the 16 events – including the first nine – and made a midseason statement in a matchup between last spring's top two finishers at the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
Swimming & Diving and New Mexico State Set for WAC Saturday ShowdownFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off the Thanksgiving holiday, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team returns to the Aquatic and Tennis Complex this Saturday in their second-to-final home meet of the regular season. The Lumberjacks will host New Mexico State at 11 a.m. in a dual meet between the top two teams at last season's WAC Championships. Admission is free for all fans to attend.
Swimming & Diving Receives 10 Commitments for 2017-18 SeasonFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A little short on depth this season, head coach Andy Johns and diving coach Nikki Huffman addressed the issue and then some with their fall additions to the Northern Arizona swimming & diving roster for the 2017-18 season. The Lumberjacks received commitments from 10 student-athletes, all of whom will be incoming freshmen next fall.
Gonzales Earns First Career WAC Diver of the Week HonorDENVER, Colo. – Sophomore Raquel Gonzales earned her first career WAC Diver of the Week award on Tuesday, and became the third Northern Arizona diver honored this fall, for her performance in the Lumberjack Diving Invitational this past weekend.
NAU Swimmers Excel on Final Day of Kansas ClassicTOPEKA, Kan. – Junior Alina Staffeldt and senior Urte Kazakeviciute each placed second in their respective individual events on the final day of the Kansas Classic, capping a success-filled weekend in Topeka, Kan. by the Northern Arizona swimmers. The Lumberjacks finished fifth in the six-team meet with 353 points and garnered 13 second-session swims on Sunday before heading back to Flagstaff.
Swimmers Tally Three Top Eight Finishes, Divers Wrap Up Home InviteFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. and TOPEKA, Kan. – The Northern Arizona swimmers made big moves and continued to record season-best times on the second day of the Kansas Classic, while the divers concluded the Lumberjack Diving Invitational at home on Saturday with another set of impressive results.
Gonzales Wins Platform, Swimmers Collect Season-Bests to Start Weekend InvitesFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. and TOPEKA, Kan. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team got their invitational-filled weekend off to a successful start on Friday at the Lumberjack Diving Invitational and Kansas Classic respectively. Highlighting the day was sophomore Raquel Gonzales' win on platform in the divers' season debut on the tower.
Swimmers Head to Kansas, Diving Hosts Invitational This WeekendFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will get a good look at quality competition this weekend as the team will split up for a pair of multi-day invitationals. At home in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex, the divers will host the Lumberjack Diving Invitational Friday and Saturday, while the swimmers will make the trek to Topeka, Kan. for the Kansas Classic running Friday through Sunday.
NAU Student-Athletes Continue to Graduate at a High RateINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 84 leads the Big Sky Conference, according to a national report released Tuesday. The NCAA developed the GSR for Division I institutions in 2002 in response to college and university presidents who wanted more accurate graduation data. NAU’s rate is the second-highest in the state of Arizona amongst the Regent institutions.
Geiger Garners Her First WAC Diver of the Week Award This SeasonDENVER, Colo. – The Northern Arizona divers have excelled to start the season and senior Alexa Geiger has been a part of the unit's success. For her performances in helping NAU dispatch Idaho last Saturday, Geiger was named the WAC Diver of the Week on Tuesday for the fourth time in her career.
Swimming & Diving Crushes Idaho, 172.5-126.5, for Road WAC WinMOSCOW, Idaho – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team picked up their first dual meet victory of the season in crushing fashion on Friday, 172.5-126.5, over Idaho on the second half of their weekend back-to-back. The Lumberjacks won 12 of 16 events and totally commanded the meet, their first against a Western Athletic Conference opponent this season.
NAU Swimming Falls to Washington State, 129-70PULLMAN, Wash. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team stopped in Pullman on Thursday on the first leg of their weekend road trip, but dropped a 129-70 decision to Washington State. The Lumberjacks picked up victories in the final two events and are now 0-4 in dual meets – with two of the four losses coming to Pac-12 foes – this season.
Swimming & Diving Faces Washington State, Idaho on Northwest TripFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With a youth-heavy roster this season, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will gain even more valuable experience this week with a second straight road trip. The Lumberjacks' competition will not get any easier, as the Blue & Gold prepares to face Washington State and Idaho on Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m. respectively.
Staffeldt, Torrente Sweep WAC Swimmer and Diver of the Week HonorsDENVER, Colo. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team may have come up short to New Mexico last Saturday, but a pair of individual performances did not go unnoticed by the Western Athletic Conference office on Tuesday. Junior Alina Staffeldt and sophomore Christina Torrente were named the WAC Women’s Swimmer and Diver of the Week respectively allowing NAU to sweep the weekly awards.
Divers Shine in NAU's 156.5-140.5 Loss to New MexicoALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team received an exceptional performance from their divers, but ultimately was unable to notch a victory on their first road trip of the season on Saturday. The Lumberjacks won a total of five events including both diving springboards and a set of wins from junior Alina Staffeldt in a 156.5-140.5 loss to New Mexico.
Swimming & Diving Hits the Road, Competes at New Mexico SaturdayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team returns to the pool after a week off from competition when it makes the trip east to Albuquerque, N.M. for Saturday's dual meet versus New Mexico. The dual will start at 11 a.m. Arizona time at UNM's Seidler Natatorium.
Gold Rallies Past Blue in Swimming & Diving Intrasquad DualFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Friday's Blue vs. Gold meet came down to the final relay, and with junior Alina Staffeldt out-touching junior Roni Houck at the wall; the Gold team completed a comeback to edge out a 54-50 victory in the Northern Arizona swimming & diving intrasquad dual. The Gold team won seven of the 12 events, including the final two, to rally from a 10-point deficit heading into the final two events.
'Jacks Tune Up for Regular Season with Friday's Blue vs. Gold MeetFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – One week after taking on Arizona and Hawaii, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will settle in to a more relaxed atmosphere with their annual Blue vs. Gold meet on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The intrasquad meet will be a 12-event order with the Lumberjack roster split into two teams competing in a dual meet setting.
Staffeldt Races to Season's First WAC Swimmer of the Week AwardDENVER, Colo. – Junior Alina Staffeldt got off to a fast start to her third collegiate season last Saturday, and on Tuesday she was named the first WAC Women's Swimmer of the Week of the season. The weekly honor from the conference office is Staffeldt's second career award.
Swimming & Diving Posts Three Event Wins in Season Opening MeetFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team collected three overall event wins in their first dual meet of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, in a spirited effort versus Arizona and Hawaii in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The Lumberjacks dropped both ends of the double dual, 222-77 to Arizona and 163-136 to Hawaii, but received wins from junior Alina Staffeldt (200 butterfly), senior Urte Kazakeviciute (200 breaststroke) and Tanya Kurach (1-meter diving).
NAU Hosts Arizona and Hawaii on Saturday in Season's First DualFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On their earliest dual meet start date in program history this Saturday, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will host Arizona and Hawaii for a double dual in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex at 11 a.m. The meet – also featuring Arizona and Hawaii's men's teams – is free for all fans to attend.
2016-17 NAU Swimming & Diving Season OutlookFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Gone are a total of 346 points of the Northern Arizona swimming & diving’s 2016 WAC Championship point total of 807.5. That equates to roughly 42.8 percent of NAU’s championship production that will be missing entering the 2016-17 season.