The Northern Arizona women's swimming and diving team went 1-1 during Friday afternoon's dual meet against Kansas and Northern Colorado.

The Lumberjacks beat Northern Colorado by a score of 172-117 and lost to Kansas by a score of 197-101. The dual meet was Senior Day for the Lumberjacks, with the team honoring its six seniors, Monique King, Tatiana Kurach, Olivia Payne, Andrea Schmidt, Sarah Takach and Christina Torrente.

"The seniors have just been solid for us since they first stepped foot on campus," Lumberjacks head coach Andy Johns said. "They are all just great people, great students, great leaders and most importantly great teammates."

Northern Arizona moved to 4-3 on the season, while being 3-0 against WAC competitors.

Northern Arizona was able to take three outright wins in the pool and also had the best team performance on the boards in the dual meet.

The dominant senior duo of Kurach and Torrente put on a show in the aquatic center for their Senior Day, with both placing in the top three in the 1-meter and the 3m events. Kurach placed second in both events as she trailed Xu Vicky of Kansas, while Torrente placed third in both.

"They just always show up and put together good performances," associate Lumberjacks head coach Nikki Huffman said.

Another pair of Lumberjack divers put together quality performances as they placed between fourth and eighth place in both events. Sophomore Jenny Cheetham pieced together a nice meet, taking fourth in both events, while the senior Payne had a solid 1m event, placing sixth.

The first win in the pool for the Lumberjacks came way of the senior Schmidt in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.76. Northern Arizona's next victory came in the following race, where sophomore Elisa Rodriguez was able to remain her dominant self and win the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.46. The final victory for the Lumberjacks came from sophomore Niamh McDonagh in the 200 individual medley.

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Although not winning the events, NAU had other strong performances as both the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay took second to Kansas. Rodriguez's day wasn't finished as she took second in the 100 freestyle, trailing Kansas' Jenny Nusbaum with a time of 51.37.

Northern Arizona will go on the road with the divers' next meet being the UCLA Diving Invite from Jan. 18 to 20 in Los Angeles, while the entire team will compete again at Boise State.


In her first action of the spring, freshman Emilie Haakansson led the team on Friday as the Lumberjacks opened play at the Metroplex Mania. Haakansson went unbeaten in singles and doubles, pacing the Jacks in their spring season debut.

Northern Arizona faced host SMU in singles to start Friday's play at the SMU Tennis Complex. Haakansson notched the Lumberjacks' lone win versus the Mustangs -- last season's American Athletic Conference runner-up. Haakansson battled back from a first set defeat at the No. 5 singles position.

Facing SMU's Karina Traxler, Haakansson rallied for a three-set victory, 2-6, 7-5, 7-4. NAU was swept in straight sets at the remaining five singles spots.

The Lumberjacks regrouped and posted a successful showing in doubles, as they took two of the three matches versus BYU. Their two wins came at the top two spots.

Junior Chiara Tomasetti and sophomore Ellie Millard defeated BYU's Anastasia Abramyan and Kate Cusick, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles to set the tone. They notched their second win over the Cougars at No. 2, with sophomore Cora-Lynn von Dungern and Haakansson dispatching Samantha Smith and Taylah Beckman by an identical 6-3 score.

Northern Arizona will face SMU in doubles and BYU in singles on Saturday for the second day of the Metroplex Mania, with a start at 11 a.m.

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