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November 6, 2013
|  Lycnhburg, Va.
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Brye Ravettine will be one of four Liberty senior swimmers to be honored prior to the team's home meet against Vanderbilt, Friday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team will host SEC opponent Vanderbilt on Friday at 5 p.m., at the LaHaye Aquatic Center. The Lady Flames will then compete at defending Atlantic 10 champion Richmond, Saturday at noon, inside the Robins Center Natatorium.

The Lady Flames have appeared in each of the first two Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 listings this season, currently ranking No. 46. Liberty has opened the season with a 3-3 record, competing against three nationally ranked programs so far (No. 10 North Carolina, No. 30 Virginia Tech, No. 48 Illinois).

The Lady Flames are hosting an SEC team for the first time in program history, in the Lady Flames' lone home meet this season.

Prior to Friday's meet, four seniors will be honored, in Emilie Kaufman, Sarah Kendrick, Bethany Kennon, and Brye Ravettine. This group of seniors has helped establish the team's culture of excellence, in and out of the pool. Ravettine, Kaufman and Kennon have all earned individual conference championships, while Ravettine and Kaufman have both scored at the national level.

Most recently, the Lady Flames downed Michigan State of the Big Ten, and fell to Illinois in a tri meet held at Michigan State, Oct. 25. In the process, Liberty broke three pool records and one program record, while winning eight events.

Junior Meghan Babcock won the 50 free and 100 free at Michigan State, and anchored the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. She broke the pool 50 free record, at 23.16, the fastest time in the CCSA so far this season. Babcock was then named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week, the second Lady Flame to earn Swimmer of the Week honors this year.

Kaufman was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 16, earning her fourth career swimmer of the week honor. At Michigan State, Kaufman broke the program record in the 200 IM, in 2:02.98. She also lowered her conference season-best 200 breast time to 2:16.68. She holds the top time in the CCSA in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM, with her 100 breast mark (1:02.27) meeting the NCAA B standard.

Jess Reinhardt won the 100 fly at Michigan State, in a season-best 54.26. Reinhardt's 100 fly clocking, an NCAA B cut, paces the CCSA so far this season.

Emily Duff claimed the 200 backstroke at the tri meet in East Lansing, Mich., in 2:04.42. Her season-best time of 2:04.00 ranks third in the conference. Duff's 400 IM is second, at 4:35.55.

Kennon is ranked second in both the 200 free (1:52.66) and 100 fly (56.09), according to the latest CCSA performance list.

Liberty's medley relays have excelled this season, posting conference-leading marks in both the 200 medley relay (1:42.90) and 400 medley relay (3:46.59).

At present, a total of 10 Lady Flames hold times that rank within the top five in the CCSA.

Liberty holds the fastest time in the conference in the following events:
50 free – Meghan Babcock (23.16)
100 breast – Emilie Kaufman (1:02.27) – NCAA Division I B cut (t-13th in nation)
200 breast – Emilie Kaufman (2:16.68)
100 fly – Jess Reinhardt (54.26) – NCAA Division I B cut (t-14th in nation)
200 IM – Emilie Kaufman (2:02.98)
200 medley relay – Hough, Kaufman, Reinhardt, Babcock (1:42.90)
400 medley relay – Duff, Kaufman, Reinhardt, Babcock (3:46.59)

Vanderbilt (1-2)
Vanderbilt brings a 1-2 season record to Lynchburg, picking up a 166-122 win at Tulane last Saturday, in its most recent meet. The Commodores opened the campaign with home losses to SEC foes Auburn and Texas A&M. 

The team set 14 school records at the 2013 SEC Championships, placing 12th overall. Among the Commodores' top returnees are Elly Faulkner, Lauren Torres and Chrissy Oberg, who all were conference finalists last season.

Richmond (5-1)
Richmond, defending Atlantic 10 champion, holds a 5-1 record this season, including 2-0 at home. Last Saturday, the Spiders downed Limestone and fell to East Carolina.

Two-time Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year Mali Kobelja paces the Atlantic 10 with her 24.14 50 free time this season. Kelley Yang, the defending A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, swam 56.17 in the 100 fly, the top time in the A-10, while Maggie Pope (57.80) leads the conference in the 100 back.

Following a busy weekend in the pool, Liberty will next compete at the Virginia Tech Invitational, held from Nov. 21-23 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

Liberty vs. Vanderbilt
Nov. 8, 2013
Lynchburg, Va.
Schedule of Events

1. 200 Medley Relay
2. 1,000 Freestyle
3. 200 Freestyle
4. 100 Backstroke
5. 100 Breaststroke
6. 200 Butterfly
7. 50 Freestyle
15-minute break
8. 100 Freestyle
9. 200 Backstroke
10. 200 Breaststroke
11. 500 Freestyle
12. 100 Butterfly
10-minute break
13. 400 Individual Medley
14. 200 Freestyle Relay

Liberty at Richmond
Nov. 9, 2013
Richmond, Va.
Schedule of Events

1. 400 Medley Relay
2. 1,000 Freestyle
3. 200 Freestyle
4. 100 Backstroke
5. 100 Breaststroke
6. 200 Butterfly
7. 50 Freestyle
8. 1-Meter Diving
9. 100 Freestyle
10. 200 Backstroke
11. 200 Breaststroke
12. 500 Freestyle
13. 100 Butterfly
14. 3-Meter Diving
15. 200 Individual Medley
16. 400 Freestyle Relay