Freshmen pace swim team to fourth-place finish at NC State
November 12, 2017 | Raleigh, N.C.
Buoyed by freshman Ethan Raub's first-place finishes in the 400 individual medley (4 minutes, 20.74 seconds) and second-place showings in the 100- (52.98) and 200-yard butterfly (1:59.50), Liberty University's first-year men's swimming team emerged with a fourth-place team total in the sixth annual Raleighwood Invitational hosted by North Carolina State, Nov. 11-12 in Raleigh, N.C.
The Flames placed fourth out of 13 men's teams with 100 points, behind only James Madison (149), NC State (131), and Georgia (112) and ahead of William & Mary (96), George Mason (68), North Carolina (58), and Duke (50), among others.
In the combined standings, which factored in women's results, Liberty placed eighth out of 15 programs, led by the host Wolfpack with 315 points.
In the first men's race of the meet, the Flames' foursome of freshmen Ben Davidson, David Schafer, and Raub, and sophomore Joseph Hall swam the backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly, and freestyle legs of the 200 medley relay, which placed third behind JMU and Georgia in 1:41.63.
Davidson also finished fifth in the 100 back in 56.26, fourth in the 200 back in 2:05.34, and eighth in the 50 free in 22.94, behind sixth-place Schafer (sixth in 22.83) and ahead of Hall (tied for ninth in 22.98).
Schafer, Raub, Hall, and Davidson finished third in the 200 free relay in 1:31.12.
Shafer finished fifth in the 50 breast in 29.10 followed by Carson Faix (ninth in 29.51) and senior Aaron Tate (10th in 30.08), who also placed eighth in the 200 breast in 2:30.13. Faix also placed sixth in the 100 breast in 1:05.82.
Raub also placed fifth in the 50 back in 26.48 (ahead of sixth-place Davidson in 26.70 and eighth-place freshman Blake Dunson in 28.33), sixth in the 100 IM in 56.74, and seventh in the 50 back in 24.51 and swam the second leg of the Flames' seventh-place 400 free relay (3:36.55), which also featured Schafer, Davidson, and junior Chase Plaster at anchor. Hall also placed fifth in the 100 free in 49.68 with Davidson taking seventh in 50.02.
Freshman Danny Fernandez, who also competes on Liberty's men's triathlon and cycling teams, finished fifth in the 500 free in 5:32.01, followed by senior Adam Williams (10th in 5:44.91). Freshman Jorge Miranda took seventh in the 200 IM in 2:13.46, followed by Schafer (10th in 2:17.18).
Complete results are available online.
Liberty will next compete in the Virginia Commonwealth Games long-course championships on Dec. 9, the first event at the new Liberty Natatorium.