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Liberty Downs Vanderbilt, 152-104, as 10 Pool Records Fall
Liberty recorded a 152-104 victory over visiting Vanderbilt of the SEC, Friday at the LaHaye Aquatic Center. Friday's meet, contested in front of a packed crowd, saw 10 pool records broken.
With the win, the Lady Flames are now 4-3 on the season, holding wins over one Big Ten team (Michigan State) and the SEC's Commodores. Vanderbilt now holds a 1-3 overall record.
Liberty senior Emilie Kaufman recorded three event victories (100 back, 100 breast, 200 breast), while the Lady Flames got two wins each from freshman Heather McCorkel (200 free, 500 free), sophomore Jess Reinhardt (100 fly, 200 fly) and junior Meghan Babcock (50 free, 100 free).
The Lady Flames opened the meet with a 1-2 showing in the 200 medley relay, as Kendall Hough, Morgan Noonan, Reinhardt and Babcock swam 1:45.64.
Sophomore Kristin VanDeventer then started the trend of setting pool records, winning the 1000 free in 10:27.56, just ahead of teammate Hannah Wakeley (10:27.77).
McCorkel recorded her first of two pool-record victories on the night, capturing the 200 free with a time of 1:53.39. Her second pool standard, the 500 free, came when she inched out Vanderbilt's Carrie Bencic by one-tenth, 5:03.66 to 5:03.76. VanDeventer took third in the 500, in 5:09.50.
Kaufman's pool-record 57.11 led a 1-2-3 Liberty sweep in the 100 back, Hough (57.93) placed second and Emily Duff (58.13) was third. Kaufman then took the 100 breast victory, in 1:06.66, while Noonan (1:08.80) took third. Kaufman concluded her trifecta of wins, setting a new pool top time for the 200 breast, 2:19.13.
Reinhardt outpaced all competitors in a pool-record 2:06.00 during the 200 fly. She later clocked a 54.96, winning the 100 fly with a pool-best time. Bethany Kennon placed third in the 100 fly, at 57.27.
Babcock won back-to-back events, starting when she led a 1-2-3 Liberty showing in the 50 free with a 24.09 time. Cori Gary (24.72) and Thomas (24.86) took second and third in the 50, respectively. Babcock then earned the 100 free victory in 52.89, with Gary (53.81) finishing third.
Vanderbilt picked up a pair of event victories, beginning with a pool-record 2:03.50 swim from Chrissy Oberg in the 200 back. Duff (2:04.19) and Hough (2:08.29) followed in second and third.
The Commodores' Elly Faulkner won the 400 individual medley, clocking a new pool standard, 4:30.49.
With Liberty swimming the last two events as exhibitions, Vanderbilt took all available points in the 400 IM and 200 free relay. The Lady Flames swam the two fastest 200 free relays, including a pool-standard 1:36.29 by the quartet of Reinhardt, Gary, Hough and Babcock.
The Lady Flames have a quick turnaround, as they head to Richmond for a noon meet against defending Atlantic 10 champion Richmond, tomorrow at Robins Center Natatorium.