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Liberty Claims 2nd Straight CCSA Runner-Up Finish

February 23, 2013
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Liberty receives the runner-up trophy at the 2013 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Liberty claimed its second consecutive conference runner-up finish, placing second at the 2013 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

The Lady Flames finished second, scoring 609 points, after registering 538.5 points in 2012. Florida Gulf Coast earned its fifth CCSA title in a row with 712 points. Georgia Southern (482.5 points) placed third, followed by College of Charleston (353.5), Gardner-Webb (349) and North Florida (330.5) in fourth through sixth place, respectively.

During the meet, Liberty had six total event victories (four individual, two relays) and 20 podium finishes (16 individual, four relays). The Lady Flames set five conference records, five meet records and 13 program records. Liberty had eight NCAA B cuts and US Open cuts by individuals, and one NCAA B cut in a relay.

Freshman Jess Reinhardt was named CCSA Women's Freshman of the Meet, winning two events while setting conference and meet records in both the 100 and 200 fly. Reinhardt also earned an NCAA B cut in the 100 fly. Reinhardt joins teammate Brye Ravettine, who was the 2011 CCSA Women's Co-Freshman of the Meet.

Emilie Kaufman won the 200 breaststroke in an NCAA B cut and US open cut time of 2:15.00, setting a program standard. Laura Day placed second, swimming a lifetime-best 2:17.17.

Reinhardt swam a conference, meet, and program-record 2:00.41 to win the 200 fly, while Bethany Wakeley took second in a lifetime-best 2:01.93.

Ravettine clocked an NCAA B-cut and US open cut 49.80 to take second in the 100 free. Cori Gary (50.62) placed fifth, while Meghan Babcock took sixth (50.66) and Chloe Thomas (51.17) finished eighth.  Gary, Babcock, and Thomas all swam lifetime bests in the 100 free.

Emily Duff met the NCAA B cut and US Open cut while placing second in the 200 back in a program-record 1:58.30. Kendall Hough placed fifth for the 200 backstroke, clocking a season-best 2:01.73.

Liberty won the 400 freestyle relay in a conference-record time of 3:20.23. Brye Ravettine, Chloe Thomas, Cori Gary and Meghan Babcock swam on the winning relay on Saturday.

Hannah Wakeley placed fourth in the 1,650 free, clocking a program-record 17:06.07. She also broke Liberty's 1000 freestyle record in the process, swimming her first 1000 in 10:21.99.

Hannah Wakeley won the B final of the 200 fly, posting a personal-best 2:04.48, while Ranndi Grubbs' 2:06.85 gave her 13th overall.

Hough placed 15th overall in the 100 freestyle, in 52.82, while Sarah McCorkle (52.82) finished 16th.

Liberty qualified a program-best 15 swimmers for Saturday's finals, with 11 in A finals and four in B finals. During the morning session, Liberty broke four program records in prelims.

Duff broke her own program record to place second in 200 back qualifying, at 1:59.96. Kendall Hough swam a season-best 2:02.45 to earn the fifth seed.

Liberty earned four A finalists and two B finalists in the 100 free. Brye Ravettine swam a season-best 50.13 to gain the third seed, while Cori Gary (50.75), Meghan Babcock (50.92) and Thomas (51.33), qualified fifth through seventh, all in lifetime bests. Hough tied for ninth in qualifying, at 51.66, while McCorkle qualified 15th in 52.38, both season bests.

Kaufman placed third in qualifying for the 200 breaststroke, in a program-record 2:16.69.  Day finished with the sixth seed, in a lifetime-best 2:18.95.

In the 200 fly, Bethany Wakeley earned the second seed in a season-best time of 2:03.65, and Jess Reinhardt's lifetime best of 2:05.11 placed her in eighth position. Ranndi Grubbs (2:06.34) and Hannah Wakeley (2:07.34), both clocked their best times, qualifying 12th and 16th, respectively.

Jennifer Garzinski swam a lifetime-best 2:07.06 in 200 backstroke prelims, placing 18th overall. Mallorie Chambers competed in prelims of the 100 free, recording her lifetime best, 56.69.

In the 100 fly, Rachel Nelson placed 26th in 2:13.91, while Sarah Kendrick finished 30th in 2:20.82, as both swimmers clocked their fastest time this season.

Liberty's competitors who posted NCAA B cuts will await selection to the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.  Selections will be announced during the first week of March.