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Liberty Swimming & Diving Earns Scholar All-America Awards

July 14, 2014
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Clockwise from top left: Meghan Babcock, Emily Duff, Kendall Hough and Bethany Kennon were all named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans.

CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Awards

CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans (First Team)

CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans (Honorable Mention)

The Liberty swimming & diving team earned inclusion on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team list, for academic excellence during the spring 2014 semester. Additionally, four Lady Flames have been named CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans.

The Lady Flames had two first team Scholar All-Americans, in junior Meghan Babcock and sophomore Kendall Hough. Senior Bethany Kennon and junior Emily Duff earned Scholar All-America honorable mention.

The Individual Scholar All-America award is given to college swimmers and divers who have earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, and have qualified for and competed at the national championship. Honorable mention is given to college swimmers and divers with a 3.5 GPA or higher who attained a "B" standard but were not invited to the national championship.

Babcock, an exercise science major from Pfafftown, N.C., earned her second straight Scholar All-America award, after receiving honorable mention in 2013. Babcock anchored Liberty's 200 medley relay team, which set a program, meet and conference record by swimming 1:37.80 at the CCSA Championships. Her efforts helped the Lady Flames become the first CCSA program to send a relay to the NCAA Championships.

A social sciences major from Woodbridge, Va., Hough led off the Lady Flames' record-breaking 200 medley relay at the CCSA meet in February. She set a program record in the 50 back by leading off in 25.26, and then led off the team's 200 medley relay at the national meet. Individually, Hough swam a B cut time of 54.66 in the 100 back, good for her first B cut swim, while she finished third overall in the CCSA 100 back A Final.

Duff, a nursing major from Clayton, N.C., repeats as a Scholar All-America honorable mention recipient. She continued her strong contributions to the program, medaling in both the 200 back and 400 individual medley at the CCSA Championships. Duff swam a program-record 1:57.52 to place second in the 200 back A Final, meeting the NCAA B standard for the second year in a row.

Kennon, a sport management major from Egg Harbor City, N.J., wrapped up her career as a four-year conference scorer in 2014. This year, she broke the 54-second barrier in the 100 fly for the first time, clocking a B cut time of 53.91 to place second in the A Final at the conference championship meet. She also became the first Lady Flame to be named CCSA Woman of the Year, earning the distinction this year.

The CSCAA announced its Scholar All-America Team awards, which were received by over 400 college and university swimming & diving teams spanning NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. In order to qualify for the award, a team must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the previous semester.

As a team, the Lady Flames earned a cumulative team GPA of 3.09 in the spring of 2014. Liberty is one of seven Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) teams to appear on the most recent Scholar All-America Team list.

Liberty has now earned CSCAA academic honors as a team during each of the past six semesters, dating back to the fall 2011 semester.