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VanDeventer Breaks 2 Distance Records on Final Day at Hokie Fall Invitational
Liberty sophomore Kristin VanDeventer broke program records in the 1,000 free and 1,650 free, as the Lady Flames closed out the Hokie Fall Invitational, on Saturday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
During the three-day meet, the Lady Flames lowered three program records, with Emilie Kaufman setting a new Liberty standard in the 200 IM in addition to VanDeventer's two records today. Also, Kaufman (100 breast) and sophomore Jess Reinhardt (100 fly) posted NCAA B cut swims this week.
The Lady Flames finished in sixth place at the invitational, with 306.5 points. Host Virginia Tech won the meet, outscoring second-place South Carolina, 1,392.5-733.5. William & Mary came in third, at 529.5, followed by Ohio (442), UConn (416) and Liberty (306.5), in that order.
VanDeventer opened the finals with an eighth-place finish in the 1,650 free, setting a new program record with a personal-best 17:08.43 clocking. Additionally, she swam a school-record 10:19.65 for the 1,000 freestyle on the way out. In the process, she broke Hannah Wakeley's records (1,650 - 17:12.07/1,000 - 10:21.99), which were both set during the same race on Feb. 23, 2013.
Wakeley placed 14th during Saturday's 1,650 free finals, in 17:19.60. Freshman Heather McCorkel swam a lifetime-best 17:36.98, taking 19th overall.
Reinhardt earned her second runner-up finish in as many days, swimming her fastest 200 fly time of the season, 2:01.58, during the A final. She had qualified with a 2:04.17 during morning prelims. Sisters Bethany Kennon and Hannah Wakeley both made the C final in the 200 fly, with Kennon taking 18th place in 2:07.34 and Wakeley finishing in 24th with a finals swim of 2:10.24.
Kaufman produced a 2:16.73 clocking in the 200 breast final, placing fourth overall. Her 2:19.29 prelim performance landed her in the A final. Freshman Morgan Noonan qualified with a 2:26.39, and took 15th place by swimming 2:25.20 in finals.
Junior Emily Duff swam the 200 back in a season-best 2:03.83 to open the morning session. She then took 14th overall with a B final clocking of 2:04.88.
Liberty closed out the weekend with a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay. Junior Meghan Babcock, along with Reinhardt, sophomore Kendall Hough and Kaufman, swam a team season-best 3:27.79.
The Lady Flames have finished the fall portion of their 2013-14 swimming & diving schedule. Select members of the team will compete at the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships, held from Dec. 5-7 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.