Northern Arizona swimming and diving assistant coach Jeana Fuccillo has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach at LSU.
Fuccillo has been an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks for two seasons after serving as a volunteer assistant for one year and as a graduate assistant in academics at NAU for two years, having spent five years within the NAU athletics department.
"I'm excited for the opportunity but sad to leave," Fuccillo said. "Flagstaff is the first place I've ever Iived and rooted myself in the community, and I've loved it here."
NAU posted two top three finishes at the WAC Championships with Fuccillo as an assistant coach, including a second-place finish in 2012. Four NAU swimmers were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-Americans last season as the swimmers won five individual titles while setting eight program records and totaling 11 NCAA "B" standard times during the 2012 WAC Championships.
In addition to her coaching duties with the Lumberjacks, Fuccillo gained coaching experience working with the Flagstaff Peaks Aquatic Club, organizing club meets and coaching all age groups among the 85 swimmers on the local club team. As an undergraduate, she was a four-year letter winner at UCLA, helping the Bruins to a pair of second-place finishes in the Pac-10 during her career. A native of St. Louis, Fuccillo was a three-time top eight finisher at the Pac-10 Championships and served as team captain her senior season.
Freshman Savana Bezdicek carded a 3-under par 69 in the first round and enters the final day tied for third overall after the first day of action at the Rose City Collegiate. Bezdicek led the team to a tie for third after 36 holes.
Bezdicek's round of 69 tied for the third best round in school history and she became only the second freshman in school history to shoot below 70. Teammate Stephanie Kim accomplished the feat twice during her freshman season.
Bezdicek posted a 78 in the second round for a 3-over par 147 total.
NAU had rounds of 300 and 309 on Monday, tying with Cal-State Fullerton at 609, just two strokes behind second-place Oregon State at 607. Seattle University leads the team competition at 594.
Junior Kaitlen Parsons recorded back-to-back rounds of 76, tying for 12th overall. Sophomore Darian Spivey had a 78 and 76 and is tied for 19th overall. Sophomore Laura Jabczenski posted a 77 in the first round followed by a 79 in the second. Senior Stephanie Kim had an 82 and a 79.
The third and final round will be played today.
NAU will be back in action this weekend at the Balloon Fiesta Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., beginning Friday after taking a week off from fall competition. The Lumberjacks will send their top four returners to the New Mexico tournament this weekend as all four will be making their fall debuts.
Junior Dominic Bermudez, the team's No. 3 primary singles player last year, is the player to watch entering the spring 2013 season as he's coming off a stellar second season in 2012. He led the team with a 12-9 singles record and a 7-1 record against conference foes and finished his sophomore campaign with a 9-3 mark in his final 12 matches. For his performance, he was the only Lumberjack to receive all-conference honors, earning a selection to the All-Big Sky second team, the first of his career.
Bermudez will be making his fall debut this weekend along with seniors Robert Martin, Patrick Schimmelbauer and Shaun Waters. Together, the quartet served as the primary No. 2-5 players in the Lumberjack lineup last season. Waters compiled a 9-12 record as the team's primary No. 2 singles player, while Schimmelbauer posted an identical 9-12 mark playing in the No. 4 spot primarily. Martin played the majority of the season at the No. 5 position and recording a 7-15 mark last spring.
The three-day Balloon Fiesta tournament begins Friday and will run through Sunday at New Mexico's Linda Estes Tennis Complex.
Editor's Note: NAU's Sports Information Department contributed to this roundup.