Lumberjacks Have New Swimmers, Academic Honors
NAU Swimming/Diving Signs 11 Recruits, Three From Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming and diving team has
The eight swimmers to sign with the program are Brittany Curry (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak), Abbi Gerstmar (Durham, Ore./Tualatin), Kim Kopra (Kamuela, Hawaii/Hawaii Prep), Ashley Kurtz (Peoria, Ariz./Sandra Day O’Connor), Vivian Landeck (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements), Kristen Miernicki (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), Katie Schafer (Renton, Wash./Hazen) and Monica Veit (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage).
Three divers round out the group including Lanette Christensen (Casper,
“We’re really excited about all the girls coming in,” said Johns. “We’re
Brittany Curry will focus on the butterfly and also in the 100 and 200 freestyle events. “Brittany comes out of a good club team in Cy-Fair (Cypress Fairbanks),” said Johns, “under coach Clayton Cagle.”
Abbi Gerstmar specializes in the butterfly, and Johns says she “comes in
Kim Kopra is a standout in the breaststroke in Hawaii, much like graduating NAU senior Cassie Lyons. “Kim is a four-sport athlete in high school,” said Johns. “We’re very excited about what she can do when she’s just focusing on swimming.” Kopra considered attending Hawaii (second place in the WAC in 2006-07) before deciding on NAU.
One of three Arizona recruits, Ashley Kurtz was a club teammate of NAU
Assistant NAU Coach Brian Smith is a former assistant of Tim Hill, who
Landeck and Curry now make five Texans on the NAU roster, which Johns
The second Arizona recruit, Kristen Miernicki, also swims the backstroke
Katie Schafer, a freestyle swimmer out of Washington, currently swims
Monica Veit comes to NAU from Anchorage, Alaska, and swims the breaststroke and individual medley. “Monica is coming in to one of our deepest spots so she’ll be in a big training group with a lot of people to try and catch.”
A diver out of Casper, Wyo., Lanette Christensen “has some limited experience,” says diving coach Nikki Huffman, “but shows great talent. She’s never had much access to a 3-meter board but still gives strong performances on it. I think when she gets into this program she will take off and do great things.”
Megan Collier, NAU’s third recruit out of Arizona, signed with the Lumberjacks last fall. “I expect she will make an immediate impact,” says Huffman, “and step right into the third or fourth position.” Collier recently placed second in the state 4A meet on the 1-meter.
Also expected to make an immediate impact is Taryn Harris from Beaverton, Ore. “Taryn is very dedicated and committed,” said Huffman. “She has not been diving that long but actually moved just for better training.”
DENVER, Colo. – The 2006-07 academic all-WAC women’s swimming and diving team has been announced and includes eight members of the Northern Arizona team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.
Juniors Danielle Borth and Katie Munch and senior Shannon Colvin earned the honor for a third straight year while juniors Becky Triemstra and Julie Ward earned it for the second time. NAU just completed its third year as an affiliate member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
Only Idaho had more members of its team receive the honor (nine) while San Jose State and New Mexico State also had eight honorees.
Academic All-WAC Honorees for 2006-07 are Tami Binek, So.; Danielle Borth, Jr.; Elizabeth Brook, So.; Shannon Colvin, Sr.; Maria Hechanova, So.; Katie Munch, Jr.;