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Liberty Downs Michigan State, Falls to Illinois
Liberty broke three pool records and one program record, as the Lady Flames downed Michigan State, 166-133, and fell to Illinois, 157-142, on Friday at MSU's McCaffree Pool.
The Lady Flames are now 3-3 on the season, after competing against Big Ten opponents for the first time in program history. The Fighting Illini improve to 3-1 with two wins on Friday, while the Spartans are now 1-3.
Liberty recorded eight event victories on Friday, including three from senior Emilie Kaufman and two by junior Meghan Babcock.
The Lady Flames' quartet of sophomore Kendall Hough, Kaufman, sophomore Jess Reinhardt and Babcock won the 200 medley relay in a pool-record 1:42.90.
Kaufman swam 1:02.27 to claim first place in the 100 breaststroke. She later touched the wall first in the 200 breast, in 2:16.68, with freshman Morgan Noonan placing fourth in 2:24.64. Kaufman also broke her own program 200 IM record, taking the victory in 2:02.98. Noonan took fifth in the 200 IM, in a lifetime-best 2:09.10.
Babcock picked up her first individual win on the evening, clocking 23.16 for a new 50 free pool record. Senior Brye Ravettine finished third in the 50, going 23.70.
Babcock then outraced all competitors in the 100 free, in 51.37. Hough swam 51.67 to place fourth.
Reinhardt led a 1-2 Liberty sweep of the 100 fly, taking first in a pool-record 54.26. Senior Bethany Kennon came in second, at 56.09.
Junior Emily Duff gained victory in the 200 back with a time of 2:04.42. Freshman Victoria Tschoke (2:07.58) followed in third place.
Kennon pocketed a second-place showing in the 200 free in 1:52.66. Duff then finished second in the 100 back with a 58.20 clocking, followed closely in third by Hough, 58.33.
Sophomore Kristin VanDeventer swam 5:02.73, good for second in the 500 free. Freshman Heather McCorkel went 5:05.03 to finish fifth.
McCorkel registered a pair of lifetime bests at the meet, placing fourth in a best 1000 free time of 10:25.29. She later swam an all-time best while leading off the 400 free relay.
Sophomore Courtney Fox placed eighth in one-meter diving with a season-best score of 220.58.
Liberty's 400 free relay squads took second and third, respectively, in 3:30.41 and 3:31.14.
The Lady Flames will return to Lynchburg to host Vanderbilt of the SEC on Nov. 8. Liberty's lone home meet of the season will begin at 5 p.m. inside the LaHaye Aquatic Center.