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Lady Flames Lead CCSA Championships After Record-Setting 1st Day

February 19, 2014
|  Knoxville, Tenn.
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Emilie Kaufman played a key role in Liberty's record-setting and NCAA-qualifying 200 medley relay, Wednesday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team got off to a strong start to the 2014 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, as the Lady Flames lead the team standings after day one.

Liberty paces the overall team standings, with 74 points. The Lady Flames are followed in second by Georgia Southern at 62, while conference newcomer Incarnate Word is in third place with 58 points. Campbell (54) and North Florida (50) round out the top five teams.

Liberty's night was highlighted by a victory in the 200 medley relay. The Lady Flames later earned automatic qualification into the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in the 200 medley relay, swimming 1:37.80 in a time trial after the conclusion of the meet's first session.

The Lady Flames got off to a fast start, as the quartet of Kendall Hough, Emilie Kaufman, Jess Reinhardt and Meghan Babcock won the 200 medley relay in 1:38.21. Liberty's time set a new CCSA, meet and program record, while meeting the NCAA Division I B standard. Liberty edged out Florida Gulf Coast, who placed second in 1:38.82.

Liberty then placed second in the 800 freestyle relay, slicing 10 seconds off of its program record. The Lady Flames' A team of Heather McCorkel, Morgan Noonan, Emily Duff and Bethany Kennon went 7:17.75. Davidson won in a new CCSA and meet record time, 7:16.58. McCorkel's leadoff leg of 1:50.35 set a new program record in the 200 free.

Following the conclusion of day one's finals, Liberty swam a time trial in the 200 medley relay. The Lady Flames' time of 1:37.80 lowered its records that were set earlier in the evening, while meeting the NCAA Division I A standard. Hough led off in 25.26, breaking Liberty's 50 backstroke record in the process. Kaufman followed in 26.66, while Reinhardt went 23.43, and Babcock anchored in 22.45.

The Lady Flames will look to continue to build on their strong performances entering day two. Thursday's morning session begins at 10 a.m., with preliminary heats of the 500 freestyle, as individual events begin.