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Lady Flames Defeat JMU, Radford at VT Swimming Challenge
The Liberty swimming & diving team opened the 2013-14 season with a 2-2 showing at the Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge, held Friday at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
The Lady Flames posted dual-meet victories over CAA power James Madison (191.5-157.5) and CCSA foe Radford (267-81), while falling to strong ACC programs Virginia Tech (228.5-119.5) and North Carolina (262-87).
Liberty collected three event victories, including the 200 medley relay and individual wins for Emilie Kaufman (50 breaststroke) and Jess Reinhardt (50 fly). The Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge featured a slightly different program, including 50-yard races of each stroke.
Friday also saw a program first, as sophomore Courtney Fox became the first diver to compete in program history. She scored 199.35 in one-meter diving, taking 13th place overall.
Kaufman posted Liberty's first event victory, capturing the 50 breaststroke in 28.49 while outpacing her nearest competitor by 0.79.
The Lady Flames' 200 medley relay, consisting of Kendall Hough, Kaufman, Reinhardt and Meghan Babcock, swam 1:42.95 to win by 1.3 seconds over North Carolina and Virginia Tech, who tied for second.
Reinhardt later gave Liberty a 50 fly victory, going out and back in 25.12 to edge Hannah Lincoln of UNC (25.19), while Kaufman touched the wall in 25.26 for third place.
Kaufman added a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:17.41, finishing behind Virginia Tech's Weronika Paluszek (2:16.71).
Freshman Heather McCorkel posted a strong performance in the mid-distance events, including a third-place showing in the 500 free (5:02.05) and fifth place in the 200 free (1:52.79). Her 500 free time was the third fastest in program history.
Junior Emily Duff swam 2:04.00 in earning fourth place during the 200 back, while freshman Victoria Tschoke tied for eighth in 2:07.63. Duff followed up by taking seventh in the 400 IM, in 4:35.55.
Junior Kristin VanDeventer clocked the second fastest 1000 free time in program history, 10:31.83, good for fifth place, while sophomore Hannah Wakeley went 10:45.44 for seventh.
Sophomore Kendall Hough earned fifth place in the 50 back, with her 26.62 placing her second on the program's all-time top performer list.
Redshirt senior Brye Ravettine and Babcock took fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 50 free, with Ravettine clocking 24.05 and Babcock finishing in 24.13.
Reinhardt swam 2:08.20 in placing sixth for the 200 fly, while senior Bethany Kennon (2:10.12) took eighth.
The Lady Flames placed fourth in both the 400 medley relay (3:46.59) and 400 free relay (3:30.04).
Following a week off from competition, the Lady Flames will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a tri-meet hosted by Michigan State on Friday, Oct. 25. Liberty will face a pair of Big Ten opponents, in the host Spartans and Illinois.