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Lady Flames in 41st at NCAA Meet After Reinhardt's 10th-Place Finish

March 21, 2014
|  Minneapolis, Minn.
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Jess Reinhardt swam a conference-record 51.72 in the 100 fly, placing 10th at nationals, Friday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team is currently in the 41st position after Jess Reinhardt's 10th-place finish in the 100 fly on day two, Friday at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.

Reinhardt broke her own CCSA record in the 100 fly, placing second in the B final and 10th overall by swimming 51.72 during the evening session. By placing 10th, she earns the highest finish to date by a Lady Flame at the NCAA Championships, while receiving All-America Honorable Mention honors.

Reinhardt is the second All-American in program history, after Brye Ravettine, who placed 13th in the 50 free at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

A native of Gatton, Queensland, Australia, Reinhardt earned an evening swim by finishing 13th during morning qualifying. Her time of 52.07 during prelims lowered her existing conference record of 52.14, which she clocked during the 2014 CCSA Championships.

During the morning session, the Lady Flames' 200 medley relay competed, serving as the first relay team in conference history to swim at the NCAA Championships. The quartet of sophomore Kendall Hough (25.61), senior Emilie Kaufman (26.96), Reinhardt (23.85) and junior Meghan Babcock (22.53) went 1:38.95, finishing 26th overall. The Lady Flames defeated Arkansas, Duke and Boise State in the event.

Kaufman, contesting her first individual event at this week's national meet, placed 24th overall out of 49 competitors in 100 breaststroke trials, recording a 1:00.32. She entered the meet ranked 21st in the field, with a seed time of 1:00.01.

The 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships wrap up tomorrow, with morning prelims beginning at noon (EDT) and finals starting at 8 p.m. (EDT). Kaufman will swim the 200 breaststroke, while Reinhardt contests the 200 fly.