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Liberty Swimming & Diving Receives 2 National Rankings

March 17, 2014
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Liberty is ranked No. 48 in the nation, and No. 13 in the Mid-Major Rankings, as announced today.

The Liberty swimming & diving team received a pair of national rankings today. The Lady Flames are ranked No. 48 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com National Rankings, while being listed No. 13 in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Ranking. Liberty appears in both polls for the third time this season.

The Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Rankings account for teams' performances over the last month. For every meet, all individuals are objectively ranked, based on percentile of top national performances. The rankings are based on teams' top 27 swims in a meet.

The Lady Flames were previously ranked No. 48 in the nation on Oct. 30, and held a 50th-place ranking on Jan. 20.

Georgia holds the No. 1 ranking, followed by fellow SEC team Texas A&M in second. California, Florida and Stanford round out the top five, in that order. A total of 196 schools sponsor women's swimming at the NCAA Division I level.

Now in its 12th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams that do not benefit from large-scale football or basketball conferences or those teams that provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.

Liberty ties its highest-ever mid-major ranking, as the Lady Flames were also rated No. 13 on Nov. 21, 2013.
San Diego State finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Major Rankings, followed by Harvard in second, while Boise State, Princeton and Towson are third through fifth, respectively.

Liberty won its first-ever Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association team title this season, downing five-time defending champion Florida Gulf Coast, 732.5.-718.5. For the meet as a whole, Liberty recorded 18 podium finishes, nine B cuts, one A cut (200 medley relay), six CCSA records, six meet records and 16 program records. Head coach Jake Shellenberger was named CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year for the second time.

The Lady Flames conclude their season this weekend, as four Liberty swimmers will compete in the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Liberty's 200 medley relay, consisting of Kendall Hough, Emilie Kaufman, Jess Reinhardt and Meghan Babcock, will compete on Friday. Kaufman will swim the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, while Reinhardt competes in the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 fly.