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Lady Flames Swimming Ranked No. 37 by CollegeSwimming.com
The Liberty swimming team has received its first national ranking in program history, as the Lady Flames are ranked No. 37 in NCAA Division I, according to the latest Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25.
The Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com rankings account for teams' performances over the last month. For every meet, all individuals are objectively ranked, based on percentile of top national performances. The rankings are based on teams' top 27 swims in a meet.
Georgia, which claimed its fourth straight SEC Championship, leads the national poll, followed by Texas A&M and Florida. Minnesota and Auburn round out the top five.
The Lady Flames claimed second place at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships this past week, trailing only Florida Gulf Coast. However, Liberty is ranked ahead of FGCU in the national rankings, as the Eagles appear 49th on the list. Immediately following Liberty in the rankings are Alabama of the SEC and Big 10 member Iowa.
During the conference 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.
Liberty will send seven of its student-athletes to the Tennessee Last Chance Meet, held on Saturday and Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. The Lady Flames who have clocked NCAA B cuts will attempt to improve on their seed times in order to gain a better chance for selection to the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.