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Swimming & Diving Set for Tri-Meet at Vanderbilt
The Liberty swimming & diving team will begin the 2014 portion of its season schedule on Saturday at 2 p.m., competing in a tri-meet against Vanderbilt and West Florida at the Tracy Caulkins Competition Pool in Nashville, Tenn.
The Lady Flames will face Vanderbilt of the SEC for the second time this season, as Liberty defeated the Commodores, 152-104, on Nov. 8 at LaHaye Aquatic Center. During that meet, 10 pool records were broken. Emilie Kaufman posted three event victories, while Meghan Babcock, Heather McCorkel and Jess Reinhardt won two events apiece.
Both of Liberty's opponents this weekend have appeared in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 at some point this season. West Florida is currently rated No. 8 in NCAA Division II, while Vanderbilt received a 46th-place ranking in Division I on Nov. 27.
The Lady Flames are off to a 4-4 start in dual-meet action this year, including wins over major conference opponents Michigan State (Big Ten) and Vanderbilt (SEC). Liberty has appeared in three Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 listings this season, highlighted by a season-best No. 43 ranking in the Oct. 30th listing. The team also reached No. 13 in CollegeSwimming.com's Mid-Major Ranking on Nov. 21.
During Liberty's most recent meet, the Hokie Fall Invitational (Nov. 21-23), the Lady Flames lowered three program records. Emilie Kaufman set a new program standard in the 200 IM, at 2:02.49, while Kristin VanDeventer broke school records in the 1,000 free (10:19.65) and 1,650 free (17:08.43).
Also at the Hokie Invitational, Kaufman swam an NCAA B cut time of 1:02.20 in the 100 breast. Jess Reinhardt met the NCAA B standard in the 100 fly, lowering her season-best time to 54.22.
Following each of Liberty's first three competitions this season, the Lady Flames received CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week honors.
Most recently, Reinhardt was named Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 13, after posting three event victories during the previous weekend against Vanderbilt and Richmond. She broke Liberty's pool records in the 100 fly (54.96) and 200 fly (2:06.00) on Nov. 8 versus Vanderbilt. Reinhardt's conference-best 100 fly time of 54.22 is an NCAA B cut, while she also leads the CCSA in the 200 fly, at 2:01.58.
Junior Meghan Babcock earned CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week honors on Oct. 30, after winning the 50 free and 100 free at Michigan State. She broke the pool 50 free record, at 23.16, the third fastest time in the CCSA so far this season. Her 100 free time of 51.37 ranks fifth in the CCSA.
Senior Emilie 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 holds the top time in the CCSA in the 100 breast (NCAA B Cut 1:02.20), 200 breast (2:16.68) and 200 IM (program-record 2:02.49).
VanDeventer's program-record time in the 1,650 free (17:08.43) is the CCSA's third-best clocking this season, while her 1,000 free (10:19.65) is rated fourth.
Junior Emily Duff's 2:03.83 in the 200 back ranks fourth in the CCSA, and she is fifth in the 100 back, at 57.68.
Liberty's relays have excelled once again this season, highlighted by a conference-best 1:40.39 in the 200 medley relay. The Lady Flames rank second in the CCSA in the 200 and 400 free relays, and in the 400 medley relay.
At present, a total of seven 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:
100 breast – Emilie Kaufman (1:02.20) – NCAA Division I B cut
200 breast – Emilie Kaufman (2:16.68)
100 fly – Jess Reinhardt (54.22) – NCAA Division I B cut
200 fly – Jess Reinhardt (2:01.58)
200 IM – Emilie Kaufman (2:02.49)
200 medley relay – Hough, Kaufman, Reinhardt, Babcock (1:40.39)
Following Saturday's meet at Vanderbilt, the Lady Flames will next compete at the Davidson Duals, held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Davidson's Charles A. Cannon Pool. The Lady Flames' participation at Davidson will bring their dual-meet season to a close.
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
8. 100 Freestyle
9. 200 Backstroke
10. 200 Breaststroke
11. 500 Freestyle
12. 100 Butterfly
13. 400 Individual Medley
14. 200 Freestyle Relay