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Liberty Athletics Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration - Swimming
In conjunction with the Big South's year-long initiative, LibertyFlames.com will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX through a series of stories and videos which spotlight each of Liberty's women's athletics teams, one per month throughout the 2012-13 academic year. This month, the spotlight will be on the swimming team.
The Liberty swimming team has quickly risen to prominence, placing second at the conference championship meet during just its second year of intercollegiate competition in 2011-12. Head coach Jake Shellenberger, hired on July 29, 2009, has guided the Lady Flames as they achieve further success each season.
The Lady Flames claimed sixth place at the 2011 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships, capping their first season of intercollegiate competition. Brye Ravettine was named CCSA Co-Swimmer of the Meet after posting a pair of second-place finishes and clocking an NCAA B cut in the 50 free.
As a second-year program in 2012, Liberty earned second place at the CCSA Championships. The team recorded 13 medal-winning performances, five event victories, six NCAA B cuts, 16 program records, three meet and conference records, and numerous lifetime bests. Shellenberger was voted 2012 CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year for guiding Liberty's second-year women's swimming team to a very successful campaign.
Ravettine was named 2012 CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Meet and CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year. She then went on to become Liberty's first NCAA Division I swimming All-American when she placed 13th in the 50 free at NCAA Division I Women's Swimming Championship.
Liberty swimming has seen several of its student-athletes compete at the national level, including multiple appearances at USA Swimming national meets. In 2012, current Lady Flames Brye Ravettine and Laura Day swim in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, while Jess Reinhardt competed in the Australian Olympic Trials in both 2008 and 2012.
During the 2012-13 campaign, the Lady Flames' first home dual meet, Jan. 11 versus Duquesne, was filmed by the Flames Sports Network to be aired at a later date. It was the first Liberty swimming dual meet, and one of the first in NCAA Division I swimming history, to be aired on television.
Years of Competition: 3 (2010-Present)
Total Dual-Meet Wins: 28
Conference Championships: N/A (2nd place in 2011-12)
• CSCAA Scholar All-Americans: 1
• All-Americans: 1
• Mid-Major All-Americans: 3
• CCSA Swimmers of the Year: 1
• Individual Conference Medalists: 10
• Individual Conference Championships: 3
Total Number of Participants: 35
Title IX Anniversary – Top Liberty Swimming Moments
Oct. 2, 2010 – Liberty hosts its first dual meet
The Liberty swimming program hosted its first-ever meet at the LaHaye Aquatic Center, falling to CCSA opponent Campbell, 111-94. The Lady Flames, led by head coach Jake Shellenberger, downed Radford and VMI on Oct. 8 to claim their first two victories as a program. Liberty went on to post a 7-9 dual-meet record and sixth-place finish at the CCSA Championships as a first-year program.
Feb. 18, 2012 – Lady Flames post a second-place finish at CCSA Championships
Liberty swimming, in just its second year as a program, improved its conference finish from sixth in 2011, earning the runner-up position at the 2012 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Lady Flames had 13 medal-winning performances, five event victories, six NCAA B cuts and 16 program records. Jake Shellenberger was named CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, while Brye Ravettine was named CCSA Swimmer of the Meet and Swimmer of the Year.
March 15, 2012 – Brye Ravettine becomes Liberty's first swimming All-American
Redshirt sophomore Brye Ravettine placed 13th in the 50 freestyle at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, earning All-America honorable mention. Ravettine, Liberty's first swimming All-American, was later named a Mid-Major All-American by CollegeSwimming.com. With Ravettine's 13th-place finish, the Lady Flames placed 44th at nationals.
July 1, 2012 – Brye Ravettine competes in the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Brye Ravettine became the first Liberty swimmer to represent the Lady Flames at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, competing in the women's 50-meter freestyle. Ravettine placed within the top half of the field, finishing 61st out of 164 competitors. She had qualified for the Olympic Trials with a time of 25.99 at the 2011 USA Swimming Winter National Championships.
Previous Liberty Athletics Title IX Features
September - Volleyball
October - Women's Soccer
November - Field Hockey
December - Cross Country/Track & Field