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Kaufman's Record-Setting Swim Highlights Day 1 at Hokie Fall Invitational
Liberty has completed its first day at the 2013 Hokie Fall Invitational, with one program record being lowered on Thursday at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
The Lady Flames are currently in sixth place, with 106.50 points. Host institution Virginia Tech leads with 419.50 points, 205 ahead of second-place South Carolina of the SEC. William & Mary (165.50) is in third, while UConn has a one-point edge over Ohio (132-131) for fourth place.
The meet features the same event program as the 2014 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships. However, unlike the conference championships, the Hokie Fall Invitational allows for unlimited entries, leading to multiple relays and extra individuals scoring per school.
For the second year in a row, Emilie Kaufman broke the program 200 IM record at the Hokie Fall Invitational. Today, she lowered her own record from 2:02.98 to a lifetime-best 2:02.49 in morning prelims. Kaufman then took fifth place overall with a 2:04.35 in the A final.
The Lady Flames opened the meet with a season-best 1:34.97 in the 200 free relay. The relay quartet of sophomore Jess Reinhardt, sophomore Kendall Hough, Kaufman and junior Meghan Babcock took fourth place in the process.
Babcock qualified for the B final in the 50 free with a 23.91 prelim clocking. She tied for second in her evening final, in 23.62, finishing in a tie for 10th place overall. Reinhardt's 24.13 in prelims earned her a spot in the C final, where she took second (18th overall) in 24.05.
Sophomore Kristin VanDeventer earned an evening swim by clocking 5:04.79 in the 500 free heats. She then placed sixth in the C final, earning 22nd place overall in 5:06.04.
Liberty closed out the evening with a fourth-place finish by its A 400 medley relay, as Hough, Kaufman, Reinhardt and Babcock clocked a time of 3:46.85.
The Lady Flames return to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center tomorrow, for day two of the Hokie Fall Invitational. Tomorrow's program opens at 10 a.m., with prelims of the 400 individual medley. Evening finals will begin at 6 p.m., and day two concludes with the 800 free relay finals.