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This Week in WAC Swimming & Diving - Jan. 30
Courtesy: Spencer Farrin/Idaho

Wed., Jan. 30
Northern Colorado at Colorado State, Ft. Collins, Colo.  

Fri., Feb. 1
Idaho at Washington State,  Pullman, Wash.   

Sat., Feb. 2
Northern Arizona at Arizona State,  Tempe, Ariz.
Seattle U at Simon Fraser,  Burnaby, British Colombia
Fresno State at San Jose, State San Jose, Calif.
New Mexico at New Mexico State,  Las Cruces, N.M.
Northern Colo. at Nebrask,a Omaha Omaha, Neb.
North Dakota at South Dakota State, Brookings, S.D.


CSU Bakersfield (7-6)
The CSU Bakersfield women's swimming team swept a tri-dual at Loyola Marymount Saturday ... the Roadrunners defeated the host Lions 151-137 and Cal Baptist 195-103 ... with the victories, CSUB improves to 7-6 on the season ... Michaela Paige won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:09.30 and was on the winning 400 free relay ... Ali Gillespie took second in the 200 free, while Paige placed third ... Jordan Reed added big points by winning both of the diving competitions, taking the 1-meter event with 195.65 points and winning the 3-meter with 188.90 points ... the Roadrunners conclude the regular season Feb. 9 by hosting Washington State at noon.  

Denver (5-5)
The University of Denver women's swimming and diving team fell to Boise State Friday afternoon as the Pioneers hosted their women's Senior Day with swimming events at El Pomar Natatorium ... Alex Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) posted a strong performance in her final meet at El Pomar Natatorium ... she finished first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.98 and took third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.06 ... Bridgette McNally won the 500 freestyle (5:04.15) ... Jaclyn Best took first in the 1000 freestyle (10:29.32) ... Dana Gau topped the Denver women with a score of 227.40 in the 3-meter dive, placing her 28th.

Idaho (4-4)
Rachel Millet won three events and Jamie Sterbis captured two but the University of Idaho Vandals came up short at Oregon State University, 143-119 ... Millet won the 100 free, the 200 free and the 200 individual medley ... Sterbis was the winner in the 100 and 200 fly ... the other individual winner was Sammi Mischkot in the 200 backstroke ... Idaho will stay in the Pac 12 this week, traveling to Pullman, Wash., to swim with Washington State on Friday, Feb. 1.

New Mexico State (3-5)
In a tightly contested dual meet, the New Mexico State swimming and diving team suffered a 154-144 loss at Idaho, Jan. 18 ... Jessica Legge had an outstanding meet with three individual victories ... Legge won both the 100 breaststroke (1:03.78) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.71) en route to breaking Idaho's pool records in the events ... she also captured top honors in the 200 individual medley ... the Aggies opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 200-medley relay ... The Aggies conclude the regular season, Feb. 2, when they host in-state rival New Mexico in Las Cruces.

North Dakota (7-8-1)
North Dakota used nine first-place individual finishes to race past host South Dakota 163-137 ... freshman Caitlin Quon had a pair of wins to lead UND (400 freestyle, 200 IM) ... it was the second dual meet for UND against South Dakota this season as North Dakota took out the Coyotes, 155-133 back on Oct. 20 ... North Dakota will face SDSU in Brookings, S.D. next Saturday in its final meet of the regular season in prep for the WAC Championships Feb. 27- Mar. 2 in San Antonio, Tex.

Northern Arizona (5-4)
Senior Kristy Ardavanis won the 1-meter competition over a field of 46 other divers and junior Gwen Smithberg finished fourth on platform with a program-record 222.50 score to lead a strong NAU showing at the Falcon Diving Invitational ... Ardavanis also finished fourth on 3-meter as the Lumberjacks competed with divers from 11 other schools at the weekend event ... Ardavanis opened competition on 1-meter with a seventh-place prelim score of 265.15 to be included in the field of eight that advanced to the final ... she posted the highest score of any diver in either round, totaling 299.50 to win by nearly 22 points ahead of divers from UCLA, Utah, and others ... NAU will reconvene to end their regular season in a dual at Arizona State next Saturday.

Northern Colorado (0-6)
In the final home meet of the year, the Northern Colorado Swimming team hosted New Mexico, while the Diving team was at the Air Force Academy for the AFA Diving Invitational ... the Bears dropped the dual by the final score of 166-129 after the diving scores were included ... Courtney Van Oost won both the 200 backstroke and the 400 IM ... she won the 200 back in 2:06.94, winning by over three seconds against teammate Melissa Tillman ... Van Oost came back to win in the 400 IM in 4:41.50 ... Gina Riggle continued her stellar third season with the AquaBears, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.84 ... UNC squares off against Colorado State in Ft. Collins, Wednesday, Jan. 30.

San Jose State (8-1)
The San Jose State University women's swimming team secured its eighth straight dual meet win, 133-104 over Cal State East Bay ... in the 16-event meet, the Spartans (8-1) had 10 first place finishes before exhibition scoring began ... junior Darcie Anderson and sophomore Christina Bruni each had two wins against the Pioneers ... other first place finishers were Michelle Berry, Erika Harvey, Kayla Nakamoto, Marisa DeWames, Kiley Foster, and Haley Smith ... the Spartans face Fresno State on Senior Day for SJSU in the last home dual meet of the season Saturday, Feb. 2.  

Seattle U (1-8)
The Redhawks lost to conference foe North Dakota (144-84) and host Air Force (156-69) Friday night in a double dual meet at the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Natatorium ...  on Saturday the Redhawks improved but fell to Air Force (135-77) and North Dakota (123-96) ... Saturday Kevlyn Richards won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.56, over two seconds faster than her nearest competition ... Seattle University (1-8) will take the next month to prepare for the Western Athletic Conference Championships, held at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 27-March 2.  

Athletes of the Week

Idaho's Rachel Millet and Northern Arizona's Kristy Ardavanis have been named the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 21-27.

Millet, a sophomore from Spokane, Wash. (Ferris H.S.), continued her undefeated individual race season last Saturday at Oregon State when she won the 100 free, 200 free and 200 IM. She was timed in 51.81 in the 100 free, 1:51.41 in the 200 free and 2:04.37 in the 200 IM. Her winning margin in all three races was by at least 1.5 seconds. All three times would rank in the WAC's top 10 this season.

Ardavanis, a senior from Gilbert, Ariz. (Mesquite H.S.), won the 1-meter competition in a field of 47 of the best divers from the West and finished fourth on 1-meter at the Air Force Diving Invitational. Ardavanis opened on 1-meter with a seventh-place prelim score of 265.15 to be included in the field of eight that advanced to the final, where she posted the highest score of any diver in either round, totaling 299.50 to win by nearly 22 points ahead of divers from UCLA, Utah, UNLV, and others. On 3-meter, Ardavanis totaled the 2nd highest prelim score on the board with a 298.65 total and she would go on to score 290.35 to place fourth in the final, again finishing ahead of UCLA divers. Ardavanis also dove on platform and was the third highest NAU scorer, totaling 168.05 to place 25th overall. 

Other swimmers nominated: Cal State Bakersfield sophomore Ali Gillespie, Denver sophomore Bridgette McNally and Northern Colorado junior Courtney Van Oost.

Other divers nominate: Cal State Bakersfield senior Jordan Reed and Denver sophomore Dana Gau.  


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