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Lady Flames Sweep Davidson Duals
The Liberty swimming team posted a perfect record at the Davidson Duals for the second year in a row, going 5-0 on Saturday at Davidson's Cannon Pool.
The Lady Flames defeated host Davidson, 153-141, and beat Georgia Southern, 165-129, while also posting sizeable victories over Radford, Howard and North Carolina A&T.
With five wins on Saturday, the Lady Flames end their regular season with a 14-2 record, including 9-1 against CCSA teams. Liberty has set a new program record for dual-meet victories in a single season, breaking its previous standard of 12, set last season.
Liberty won 10 out of the 14 swimming events contested, including both relays. Three Lady Flames won two events apiece, as Cori Gary (100 and 200 free), Emilie Kaufman (100 breaststroke, 200 IM) and Emily Duff (100 and 200 back) were dual winners. Liberty went 1-2 in both relays, and did the same in five individual events.
The Lady Flames opened the meet by placing first and second in the 200 medley relay. Liberty's A team of Emily Duff, Emilie Kaufman, Bethany Wakeley and Cori Gary narrowly beat the Lady Flames' B relay, 1:46.07 to 1:46.60.
In the meet's final event, the 400 free relay, Liberty took the top two places. Ranndi Grubbs, Jess Reinhardt, Chloe Thomas and Gary went 3:31.95, while Liberty's B relay swam 3:33.68, barely edging Davidson (3:33.83) and Georgia Southern (3:33.87).
Gary led a 1-2 Liberty showing in the 200 freestyle, swimming 1:55.27. Teammate Bethany Wakeley clocked a season-best 1:56.12 to finish second. Later in the meet, Gary won the 100 free in 52.27, and Chloe Thomas followed in second place, at 53.27.
Duff won the 100 back in 58.22, followed by Brye Ravettine in second place with a time of 59.11. Duff also gained victory in the 200 back, clocking 2:05.45.
Liberty continued its string of 1-2 finishes when Kaufman (1:03.21) and Laura Day (season-best 1:04.73) claimed first and second, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke. Kaufman later went on to win the 200 IM in 2:07.38, with Day following in second place at 2:11.49.
Ravettine touched the wall first in the 50 free, in 23.89, while Chloe Thomas took third place with a time of 24.42.
Reinhardt out-touched Davidson's Meredith Nakano at the wall to win the 100 fly in 57.00.
Day posted a 2:23.78 in the 200 breaststroke, good for her second of three runner-up finishes on the afternoon.
Liberty will now begin final preparations for the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, which will be held at Georgia on Feb. 21-23.