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Liberty Posts Pair of Victories on Day 2 at CCSA Championships

February 22, 2013
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Jess Reinhardt won the 100 fly in a conference-record and NCAA B cut time of 53.18 on Friday.

Thanks to fast swimming all around, Liberty is in second place after day two of the 2013 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

The Lady Flames took home two individual championships and eight podium finishes on Friday night. The team also broke two conference records and four program records on the day, while posting three NCAA B cuts.

Liberty is in second place with 378 points, while Florida Gulf Coast leads with 544 points. Georgia Southern (300.5), Gardner-Webb (242) and North Florida (226) round out the top five.

Liberty's Jess Reinhardt won the 100 fly in a conference-record and NCAA B cut time of 53.18. Teammate Bethany Wakeley, last year's 100 fly champion, placed second in a lifetime-best 54.72.

Laura Day claimed her first event championship, winning the 100 breaststroke while swimming an NCAA B cut and lifetime-best 1:01.45. Emilie Kaufman also swam an NCAA B cut, placing third with a time of 1:02.09.

In the 100 backstroke, Liberty took second and third for the second year in a row. Brye Ravettine swam 55.68 to finish second, while Emily Duff clocked a lifetime-best 55.72 for third. Kendall Hough took fifth in a lifetime-best 55.84

Cori Gary tied for third in the 200 free (lifetime-best 1:50.73), good for her second third-place finish of the meet. Meghan Babcock and Bethany Wakeley evenly split first place in the 200 free B final, tying for ninth place overall while both clocking a lifetime-best 1:51.89.

Liberty's 800 free relay claimed second place in a program-record 7:27.97, trailing just Florida Gulf Coast (7:25.84). Emily Duff led off, followed by Bethany Wakeley, Cori Gary and Kendall Hough.

Chloe Thomas swam a season-best 57.45 in the B final of the 100 back to place 11th overall. Ranndi Grubbs finished 13th overall in the 100 fly, swimming a lifetime-best 56.54 in the B final.

Liberty's A relay disqualified in the 200 medley relay, undoing a potential second-place finish in the relay.

Liberty qualified 12 swimmers for Friday night's finals, including eight in A finals and four in B finals. In the process, the Lady Flames broke two conference records and clocked three NCAA B cuts in the morning.

Kaufman swam a lifetime-best 1:01.04 to earn the first seed in the 100 breast, breaking the conference record while also gaining a B cut. Day finished second in prelims with an NCAA B standard swim and then personal best time of 1:01.75.

Reinhardt's conference-record time of 53.58 in the 100 fly won prelims while also giving her an NCAA B cut and a then lifetime best. Wakeley, the 2012 CCSA 100 fly champion, was second in prelims to Reinhardt in 55.28. Grubbs clocked a 56.68, earning 15th position in finals.

In the 100 back, Ravettine swam her fastest time of the season, 55.46, to qualify in second. She was one of three Lady Flames to make the 100 back A final, followed by Emily Duff (5th. 55.99) and Kendall Hough (8th, 56.31). Chloe Thomas earned a B finals swim, qualifying 13th in 57.31.

Gary, Babcock and Wakeley all swam lifetime bests to make the 200 free finals. Gary's time of 1:52.18 was good for sixth in qualifying. Babcock (9th, 1:52.58) and Wakeley (12th, 1:52.75) both gained spots in the B final.

During prelims for the 100 fly, Katie Shoemaker placed 20th in a lifetime-best 57.58, right in front of Rachel Nelson, who swam a season-best 57.91 for 21st position. Sarah Kendrick clocked her best time of the season at 1:02.02, finishing in 42nd place.

Sarah McCorkle finished in 23rd in the 200 free with a season-best 1:54.71, while Emily Mudd's top season time of 1:58.73 earned 35th.

Mallorie Chambers went a season-best 1:13.67 in 100 breast prelims, while Jennifer Garzinski swam her fastest 100 back this season, 59.74, to finish in 32nd place.

The 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships conclude tomorrow. The third and final day opens at 10 a.m. with the preliminary heats of the 200 backstroke, and finals will start at 6 p.m.