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Lady Flames Take 43rd at NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships
The Liberty swimming & diving team finished in 43rd place at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, which wrapped up on Saturday at Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Two Lady Flames competed on Saturday, in senior Emilie Kaufman and sophomore Jess Reinhardt.
Kaufman, swimming her last collegiate race, shaved half of a second off of her CCSA and program-record time in the 200 breaststroke. She placed 39th in prelims, swimming a 2:11.99, after entering the meet with a lifetime best seed time of 2:12.49. She had set the conference record while winning the 200 breaststroke at the 2014 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Reinhardt picked up a 40th-place finish in the 200 fly, during prelims on Saturday. She clocked a 1:58.76 during the race, after qualifying with a time of 1:56.79 during her victorious swim at this year's CCSA Championships.
During the meet, Reinhardt became Liberty's highest-placing individual at nationals, earning 10th in the 100 fly on Friday night in a CCSA-record 51.72. She scored seven points, and became the program's second-ever All-American, gaining honorable mention.
Last night, Kaufman placed 24th in the 100 breaststroke, in a time of 1:00.32. Earlier on Friday, the Lady Flames' quartet of sophomore Kendall Hough, Kaufman, Reinhardt and junior Meghan Babcock swam 1:38.95 in the 200 medley relay. They became the first relay in CCSA history to compete at the NCAA Championships.
The Lady Flames have wrapped up a successful 2013-14 campaign, posting their highest finish at the NCAA Championships to date, while also earning their first-ever CCSA Championship.