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Reinhardt Places 46th in 100 Fly at NCAA National Meet

March 22, 2013
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Liberty freshman Jess Reinhardt placed 46th in the 100 fly at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

For the second year in a row, a Liberty swimmer competed at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. On Friday, freshman Jess Reinhardt placed 46th in preliminary heats of the 100 fly at the national meet, held at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Reinhardt swam 54.23, finishing ahead of swimmers from Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State. She entered the meet with a seed time of 52.87, which had her seeded 35th in the 100 fly.

The native of Gatton, Queensland, Australia wraps up a successful 2012-13 collegiate debut season. During the year, she broke the conference record in both the 100 fly and 200 fly. She was also named CCSA Women's Freshman of the Meet for winning both butterfly races at the CCSA Championships.

Reinhardt had qualified at the Ohio State Last Chance Meet, dropping her lifetime best from 53.18 to 52.87 and cementing her place at nationals. She joins Brye Ravettine as Lady Flames to compete at nationals. Ravettine placed 13th in the 50 free to gain All-America honorable mention status at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

The Lady Flames, in their third year as a swimming program, placed second at the CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships for the second year in a row. Liberty also finished the regular season ranked No. 37 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25.