Northern Arizona University and New Mexico State Tie in Dual

Northern Arizona vs. New Mexico State

Courtesy: NAU Athletics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (January 22, 2022) – The Lumberjacks found themselves tied with the New Mexico State Aggies after a close dual meet, with a final score of 132-132.

In front of an energetic crowd at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex Saturday morning, the ‘Jacks showed out for their seniors with one more dual meet for the last full home meet of the 2021-22 season.

Diving Highlights

  • Victoria Knapp placed first in both 1-meter and 3-meter boards for the ‘Jacks, finishing with 289.54 on the 1m and 299.40 on the 3m.
  • Senior Aly Jones recorded a second place finish for the team in the 1m dives with a score of 267.30 and a fourth place finish in the 3m dives with a score of 263.70.
  • Emily Luberto found her rhythm on the 3m boards, placing second with a score of 289.95, and came in fourth on the 1m boards with 260.55.

Swimming and Highlights

  • The Lumberjacks held tight with the Aggies throughout the meet, starting off with a top-three finish in the 100 backstroke. Annie Carlton placed third, coming in at 59.11.
  • Haley Mayhew claimed second place in the 100 breaststroke at 1:06.12, Senior Abbie Nelson placed fourth for the ‘Jacks, coming in at 1:06.74.
  • The 100 butterfly proved to be strong for NAU as Caylah Jago placed first at 56.93, followed by Ashley Lawrence at 57.75.
  • The Lumberjacks swept the distance race of the 1000 free, with Casey Craffey placing first at 10:45.68, Helena Robla-Alvarez in second at 10:59.99, and Francesca Criscione in third at 11:05.18.
  • Maddy Rey came up big for the Lumberjacks with a first place finish in the 200 fly, finishing the race at 2:06.89, followed by Lawrence who placed second at 2:08.61.
  • Cralton recorded another top-three finish, with second place in the 200 backstroke at 2:06.67.
  • The 500 free was another strong race for the ‘Jacks as Craffey placed first with a time of 5:16.43, followed by Robla-Alvarez in second at 5:20.96. Senior Astrid Villeda placed fourth for NAU at 5:25.17.
  • Mayhew and Delaney Phillips added two top-three finishes for NAU in the 200 breaststroke as Mayhew placed first at 2:24.05 and Phillips placed second at 2:26.17.
  • Finishing the meet up, NAU’s ‘A’ relay team placed second in the only relay event of the day. Carlton, Craffey, Koehn, and Rey finished second at 7:59.27.

Quotable | Head Coach Andy Johns

“There was a lot of good energy, today was all about our seniors and celebrating them. We’ve got a ton of work to do ahead of conference, but I’m really proud of everyone’s efforts and really happy for our seniors. We’re looking forward to the next month, to get sharp and to prepare for what’s going to be a great battle at the conference championships.”

Quotable | Head Diving Coach Nikki Kelsey

“I did like to see that we had a lot better taps and directions with the dives, we need to clean up our entires but I like where we’re at right now. I was really happy to see Aly Jones with two good meets after injury, Victoria, Emily, and Maegan Jensen did great jobs, it was especially nice to see Aly shine in her senior meet.”

Up Ahead

NAU Diving will host the second Lumberjack Diving Invite of the year Feb.4-6 at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The Lumberjacks will then gear up for the WAC Championships that will be held in Houston, Texas Feb 23-26 and will be streamed on ESPN+.

Courtesy: NMSU Athletics

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. – The NM State swimming and diving team competed to a 132-132 draw with Northern Arizona on Saturday at the NAU Aquatic and Tennis Complex.

On the day, the Aggies finished the day with seven first-place finishes as sophomore Lindsay Puhalski and junior Aimee Burton each turned in standout performances for Head Coach Rick Pratt‘s squad. The NM State seniors also turned in a timely performance in the final event of the day to land a tie with the eight-time WAC Champion Lumberjacks.

· In the opening event of the day, the Aggies placed three swimmers among the top four finishers as Lindsay Puhalski took first with a time of 58.06 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Maude Boily-Dufour followed Puhalski to take second (58.60) and Anabel Ivanov landed in fourth (59.16).
· An Aggie swimmer was also atop the standings in the second event as Aimee Burton paced the competition in the 100 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:05.48.
· The Aggies then swept the top three spots in both the 50 free and 200 individual medley.
· In the 50 free, Burton’s time of 23.62 was good for the top spot while Neza Kocijan and Lina Khiyara took second and third, respectively. Burton’s mark is also good for the second-fastest 50 free time for any Aggie this season.
· Puhalski was the fastest swimmer in the 200 IM event as she turned in a time of 2:07.48. Meanwhile, Lauren Hemburrow placed second and Jordan Andrusak finished in third.
· NM State’s top diver on the day was Italia Aranzabal as she claimed third in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. The junior from Mexico City, Mexico, scored 267.08 points on the 1-meter board and 264.83 on the 3-meter board.
· The 100 free was arguably the Aggies’ most dominant event of the day as NM State landed swimmers in positions one through four. The top finisher was Burton, who reached the wall at 52.35 and was followed closely by Airam Oliva-Aun who finished with a time of 53.21.
· In event number 10, the 200 back, two of the top three racers had NM State caps on. Puhalski led the way with a time of 2:05.66 which was good for the third-fastest 200 back time for the Aggies this season.
· The final event of the day proved to be the most important event of the day as the Aggies got exactly what they needed from their seniors in the 800 free relay to land a tie with the talented Lumberjacks.
· In the 800 free relay, Airam Oliva-AunLauren HemburrowAnabel Ivanov and Neza Kocijan teamed up to post a time of 7:51.19 to secure the first-place finish and pull even with Northern Arizona.

“We had a very successful day today despite the tie and I’m really proud of the way our team fought for every point,” Pratt said. “Aimee BurtonLindsay Puhalski and many others were very impressive today and had some fast swims despite the travel and setting. For our seniors to win that last relay says a lot about their impact and leadership with our team and it was a fun moment for all 12 of them. The energy on deck was intense and our team was not intimidated to compete. We’re in a great place heading into the last month before WAC.”

· The Aggie return home to the friendly confines of the NM State Swimming and Diving Complex as they host rival New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 29.
· The meeting with the Lobos will also serve as Senior Day for 12 Aggies. The meet is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 a.m.

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