Northern Arizona Sweeps Boise State, New Mexico State

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona, December 2. THE Northern Arizona University swimming and diving team won nine of 11 individual events to defeat New Mexico State and Boise State Saturday at the Wall Aquatic Center.

"Overall I thought New Mexico State swam very well," said Head Coach Andy Johns. "They pushed us all the way."

NAU posted a 137-102 victory over the fellow Western Athletic Conference opponent New Mexico State and defeated Boise State 197-27.

The Aggies won the opening 400-meter medley relay, taking the early advantage in the meet. NAU responded by winning the first four individual events. Senior Alexis Buckley, who won three events on the afternoon, captured the 800-meter freestyle in 9:15.38. Senior Corie Collins then won the 200m freestyle in 2:09.18, followed by a win by Rachel Foe in the 50 freestyle at 27.71. Buckley then won the 200 IM in time of 2:27.67 before the first break in the meet. NAU never trailed the rest of the meet.

"Rachel Foe's win in the 50 freestyle was a big win for us," said Johns. "It gave us momentum."

NAU's Natalie Hughes won both diving events, posting a 317.00 in the 3-meter and 284.30 in the one-meter. Both were NCAA Zone qualifying marks. The Lumberjacks swept the top four spots in each event.

"The difference in the meet was the diving," said Johns.

Collins won the 50 freestyle in 59.58 to record her second win of the day, while Buckley added a win in the 400 freestyle in 4:33.25 to claim her third title of the day.

Freshman TJ Williams, a native of Blue Springs, Mo., then won the 200 breaststroke in 2:46.65. She had been questionable for the meet after spending time in the emergency room earlier in the week.

"TJ had a real gutsy swim in the breaststroke," said Johns. "It was a key event for us and the result was huge."