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Liberty Swimming & Diving to Compete at Michigan State, Friday

October 24, 2013
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The Liberty swimming & diving team will compete against Big Ten opponents Michigan State and Illinois, Friday in East Lansing, Mich.

The Liberty swimming & diving team will compete against Big Ten teams in dual-meet action for the first time in program history. The Lady Flames travel to East Lansing, Mich., where they will take on Michigan State and Illinois at MSU's McCaffree Pool, on Friday at 5 p.m.

The meet will be scored in dual-meet format, with 14 swimming events (12 individual, two relay) being contested, along with one-meter and three-meter diving. Two live heats of each event will be held, while the three-meter diving will take place during the 1000 free. This will be Liberty's second straight meet against major-conference teams, as the Lady Flames met the ACC's North Carolina and Virginia Tech at the Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge, Oct. 11.

The Lady Flames went 2-2 at the Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge, defeating CAA power James Madison and CCSA foe Radford while falling to ACC teams North Carolina and Virginia Tech. While at the meet, Liberty claimed three event victories, with Emilie Kaufman winning the 50 breast (28.49) and Jess Reinhardt taking the 50 fly (25.12). Liberty also posted a win in the 200 medley relay, in 1:42.95. Additionally, Liberty had its first-ever diver compete, in Courtney Fox.

Kaufman was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 16, earning her fourth career swimmer of the week honor. In addition to her win in the 50 breast, she placed second in the 200 breast, clocking a CCSA season-best time of 2:17.41. She completed the second leg of Liberty's 200 medley relay in 28.16, and later swam a 1:01.64 second leg in the 400 medley relay.

Freshman Heather McCorkel made a successful debut at Virginia Tech, taking third place in the 500 free (5:02.05) and fifth place in the 200 free (1:52.79). Her 200 free time is the fastest in the conference so far this season.

Junior Emily Duff earned a pair of top-eight finishes, in the 200 back (2:04.00) and 400 IM (4:35.55). She is ranked second in the CCSA in both events.

Kristin VanDeventer has the top 1000 free clocking among CCSA swimmers, 10:31.83, a time which placed her fifth at the Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge. Morgan Noonan is second on the conference's top 16 list in the 200 breaststroke, at 2:24.13.

Liberty holds the fastest time in the conference in the following five events:
200 free – Heather McCorkel (1:52.79)
1000 free – Kristin VanDeventer (10:31.83)
200 breast – Emilie Kaufman (2:17.41) – 26th in nation
200 medley relay – Hough, Kaufman, Reinhardt, Babcock (1:42.95)
400 medley relay – Duff, Kaufman, Reinhardt, Babcock (3:46.59)

Michigan State (1-1)
The Spartans opened the 2013-14 season with a 1-1 showing at a home tri-meet, last Friday. Michigan State defeated Northern Iowa, 244-56, but fell to fellow Big Ten program Iowa, 182-117. The team received first-place finishes from Becca Berman (1000 free – 10:22.56), Summer Strickler (200 free – 1:53.47), Elizabeth Brown (200 fly – 2:04.61) and Sarah Love (100 fly – 56.45).

Michigan State tied with Illinois for 11th place at the 2013 Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships.

Illinois (1-1)
Illinois went 1-1 at a tri-meet hosted by Northwestern, last Friday, defeating Eastern Michigan, 133-100 and dropping a 166-133 decision to the host Wildcats. At Northwestern, Illinois won the 200 medley relay (1:44.64). Courtney Pope won the 50 free (23.82) and 100 free (51.52), while Alison Meng took first in the 100 back (55.27) and 100 fly (56.78). Meng holds Illinois' program 50 back and 100 back records.

After this weekend's meet in East Lansing, Mich., 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.

Schedule of Events
1. 200 Medley Relay
2. 1,000 Freestyle
3. 200 Freestyle
4. 100 Backstroke
5. 100 Breaststroke
6. 200 Butterfly
7. 50 Freestyle
8. 1-Meter Diving
9. 100 Freestyle
10. 200 Backstroke
11. 200 Breaststroke
12. 500 Freestyle
13. 100 Butterfly
14. 3-Meter Diving
15. 200 Individual Medley
16. 400 Freestyle Relay