MOSCOW, Idaho. (November 3, 2018) -
The Northern Arizona's swimming and diving team were able to pick up two wins in its dual meet against the University of Idaho and Seattle University. The Lumberjacks beat Idaho 154-to-146 where the meet came down to the final race of the day whereas they beat Seattle by a score of 246-to-44.
The wins from Nov.3 marked NAU's first wins of the 2018-2019 season and brought the team to a record of 2-2 on the season. Both the Vandals and the Redhawks are fellow Western Athletic Conference foes of the Lumberjacks.
Northern Arizona was able to win a season-high ten events in the dual meet. The Lumberjack freestylers, Monique King
and Elisa Rodriguez
continued their success on the season as each swimmer picked up two individual wins on the day. The two not only dominated in their events but they also contributed in the relay races as Rodriguez was on two of the 'Jacks winning relays compared to Kings one. In the diving events, Christina Torrente
carried the team as she was able to take both of the events in the meet. Along with Torrente, both Emily Sharrer
and Alyssa Jones
had impressive days as they both qualified for the Zone Diving meet on March 11 with their scores. Sharrer placed fourth in both of the events while Jones placed fifth and sixth.
"King and Rodriguez were leaders out there today, but it came down to everyone performing well as every point was needed to win," NAU head swimming coach Andy Johns
Unlike the other meets on the year, the Lumberjacks came out of the gate strong picking up first-place finishes in the first three events of the meet. Torrente took the first event, the 3-meter with a career high score of 342.25. This score is the second highest score in NAU's history, only trailing Taryn Harris's score of 365.18. Torrente's previous best was 325.50 in the 3-meter set in a meet against New Mexico last year. The. Following the diving event, the 'Jacks continued rolling as they picked up there first relay win of the year in the 400 medley relay. Continuing its winning ways NAU's King recorded another win on the season as she took first place in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:21.81.
The string of Northern Arizona wins ended in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke until the squad was able to pick up five in a row starting with Hope Williams
in the 100 breaststroke. The sophomore out of Texas was able to pick up her second win of the season. In the seventh event of the day, NAU was able to show its dominance in the 200 butterfly over the Vandals and the Redhawks by taking the top two spots with Andrea Schmidt
and Maddie Seidl
placing first and second. At this point, the young but talented Rodriguez won two of the next three events. Rodriguez took first in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Between the Rodriguez wins Torrente picked up a win in the second and final diving event of the meet, the 1-meter.
The Lumberjack lead on Idaho dwindled as the Vandals won four of the next five events. The lone 'Jacks win over this stretch came from King in the 500 freestyle. This win ended an impressive individual showing from King on the day.
Although having locked up the win over Seattle, the result of the meet against Idaho would come down to the final race the 200 freestyle relay. With NAU's strength coming from its freestylers it was no surprise when the team took the event to win the meet.
"It was a great win as we came in banged up and missing some people and were still able to come out with two wins," Johns said.
Northern Arizona has ended its road stretch, and will now be looking to come home to Flagstaff to host the Lumberjack Invite on Nov. 16.