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On the final day of the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, Northern Arizona Lumberjacks junior Christina Torrente finally enjoyed a breakthrough at the national qualifying meet with a 17th-place platform finish on Wednesday. The tower event represented Torrente's first career final at the championships.

A three-time Zone qualifier, Torrente narrowly missed the finals, placing 24th on 1-meter and 22nd on 3-meter during the first two days this week.

Torrente qualified for Wednesday's platform finals with the 16th-best preliminary score of 217.05, which was just a tenth of a point off her career-best mark. In the finals, Torrente totaled 210.70, notching a two-round score of 417.75 to place 17th overall at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex on the NAU campus.

"This week was exciting," said Lumberjacks diving coach Nikki Huffman. "We had five of our six divers qualify this year. I've been happy with what they've done all year long. There were a couple of performances that could've gone better the last couple of days, but this team is so great."

The Lumberjacks' only other diver on the final day of the Zone Championships was junior Raquel Gonzales, who finished 24th in the prelims with a score of 194.60. NAU placed one diver in each of the three event finals this week as the season officially came to a close.

The Lumberjacks return all six of their divers who competed this year, plus will add one redshirt and one signee to next year's roster.

"This is a very talented, veteran group," Huffman said. "I'm excited for next year and the eight (divers) we'll have. We're doing great things. We just have to keep it coming and hopefully get a little more at this meet."


Northern Arizona tennis duo Chiara Tomasetti and Hanneke Lodewijks are nationally ranked No. 57 in doubles.

The Oracle ITA Division I women's doubles rankings released March 6 listed sophomore Tomasetti and junior Lodewijks as the only Big Sky Conference doubles pair. The two were most recently ranked No. 45 on Feb. 7.

The rankings come less than a week after the two defeated Wyoming's Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Tomasetti and Lodewijks have competed just two times before the match against the Cowgirls, the most recent early in the season against Arizona.

Overall, the duo is 2-1 with victories over No. 28 Arizona State and Wyoming.

Tomasetti, Lodewijks and the Lumberjacks are back in action against Portland State in Oregon Friday at 10 a.m.

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