Northern Arizona Leads WAC Championships with Diving to Come

WAC Championships; Photo Courtesy: Susan Foster

Northern Arizona holds a slim lead over New Mexico State at the WAC Championships, the swimming portion of which was competed Saturday at Dixie State. Team scores will be finalized once diving competition is held Feb. 25-27.

Northern Arizona has 572.5 points with New Mexico State second with 564, despite not winning any of the five relays contested. Third is Northern Colorado with Grand Canyon University, a two-time relay champ, in fourth.

Northern Arizona solidified its lead on Saturday with three victories. Francesca Criscione won the 1,650 freestyle to compound a triumph in the 500 free and a bronze in the 400 individual medley. Hope Williams doubled up on breaststroke gold by winning the 200, a day after prevailing in the 100. Maddie Seidl added a victory in the 200 butterfly. Teammate Maddy Rey tied for second in the 200 fly to go with second in the 400 IM and third in the 500 free plus a leg on the winning 800 free relay.

Annie Carlton, winner of the 200 free, anchored NAU’s winning 800 free and 400 medley relays.

New Mexico State’s Maude Boily-Dufour is the only other double individual winner of the championships, claiming the 100 and 200 backstroke, and the only Aggies winner of the meet. She was also third in the 100 fly.

Northern Colorado was led by Madelyn Moore, who anchored the victorious 400 free relay to a come-from-behind victory. She also won the 50 free and 100 free titles and third in the 100 back.

Grand Canyon won the 200 free and 200 medley relays with the foursome of Emily Muteti (100 fly champ), Claire Banic (50 free and 100 free runner-up), Briana Rittenbach and Kaitlyn Carr.

California Baptist, in fifth, got silver medals from Rebecca Oviedo in the 500 free and 200 free.

The WAC Championships finish next week with women’s diving, which coincides with the men’s championships.

WAC Championships Team Standings

  1. Northern Arizona 572.5
  2. New Mexico State 564
  3. Northern Colorado 497.5
  4. Grand Canyon University 444
  5. California Baptist University 367
  6. University of Idaho 335
  7. Dixie State University 250
  8. Seattle University 165


  1. avatar

    Madelyn Moore of Northern Colorado won both the 50 and 100 freestyle

  2. avatar
    Anicia Criscione

    Franny was the anchor in 800 FR relay.

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