Coming out of our first swim meet of the season, the Lumberjacks are Jacked Up to get into more racing. The senior class is heading into their final season, but that does not mean they are backing off, far from it.
Here is a look at the 2009-2010 Senior Class...
Rachael Foe aka Foe-Burger – From the great land of Michigan, Rachael is the defending WAC Champion in the 200 IM as well as school record holder in the 200 IM, 50,100 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay and 400 Medley Relay. This girl can do it all, to say the least. After not even knowing she was swimming the 200 IM at WAC’s last year, the girl stepped up and rocked the meet with the win. Looking to improve her times and qualify for the NCAA’s this season looks to be her best yet.
Kristen Hamilton aka Bruiser – Comes to Flagstaff from Columbus Ohio. After a two year pit stop at the University of Oakland, Kristen is the NAU School record holder in the 100 Back, 400 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay. Having struggled a little coming out of high school Kristen was looking for a change and NAU was it. Making a huge impact her first year on campus Bruiser is looking to improve on that this year.
Jessi Jones aka Trip J’s – Jessi has one of those names, you know where all three start with the same letter? Yeah, Trip J’s is the real deal. Jessi is one of the hardest workers and most consistent swimmers on the team. Getting faster every year and looking to crack that top 8 at WAC this year, Trip J’s is more focused than ever to bring a Conference title back to NAU.
Lindsey Miller aka Tuce – Coming from my town of Tucson (hence the name Tuce) Lindsey has made an impact on the NAU relays. Swimming some of her best swims when it matters most, Lindsey is a valuable asset to the sprinting core that makes up the Lumberjacks. Tuce is also an extremely hard worker that is never willing to quit. This attitude is what keeps Lindsey and the team going everyday.
Kimber Morelli aka Kimbo – Kimbo comes to NAU from the Valley of the Sun. A butterfly, IM and distance free specialist. Having the ability to do a little bit of everything has helped place her in the top 8 at the WAC championship meet in multiple events. Looking to improve on those finishes and lead the Jacks to a championship is what drives this lady every day.
Renee Rother aka BOREagon – That is right, she comes to NAU from BOREagon! Renee is a butterfly fanatic and has proven so every year. She has jumped up the rankings for NAU since day one. She currently ranks 3rd in the 100 Fly behind fellow seniors Foe and Hamilton. Looking to make big leaps this season and crack into the top three of the 200 fly, Rother is determined to make this the best year of her career.
TJ Williams aka Mrs. Gonzalez – TJ has what some may call a one sided love affair with Mr. Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons. It all started when he played for the Kansas City Chiefs, where TJ is from and it has only grown. TJ is a breaststroke specialist who had a break out year last year. Having a couple of struggling years when she first got to campus, TJ was able to put it all behind her and swim two best times and finish in the top 10 in both of her events, the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. Never being satisfied, TJ is back and eying the school record in the 200 breaststroke. Her motivation and attitude help the Jacks day in and day out.
With one meet in the books, one this weekend and another a week from now, it is a busy couple of weeks for the Lumberjacks. Everyone is ready to step up and race their brains out.
It is going to be a good year and an even better year to be a Lumberjack!
Jack ‘em Up!
By Dave Rollins, NAU Assistant Coach