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Finnigan Places 50th in NCAA 100 Fly
Liberty began its participation at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday, as sophomore Alicia Finnigan placed 50th in the 100 fly.
Finnigan, making her first appearance at NCAA nationals, swam 53.83 to place fifth in the first heat of the 100 fly, at IU Natatorium. She finished 50th overall, defeating swimmers from Rutgers and Louisville, along with conference rival Christina Kaas Elmgreen of Florida Gulf Coast. The Liberty sophomore swam 25.26 on the way out before closing in 28.57.
It took a time of 52.12 to qualify for the B Final, and 51.45 to make the A Final. Noemie Thomas of California finished first in qualifying, at 50.71.
Finnigan is the fourth Liberty swimmer to compete in an individual event at the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, and first since Emilie Kaufman (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke) and Jess Reinhardt (100 fly, 200 fly) in 2014.
The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships wrap up tomorrow, with morning prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m. Finnigan will contest the 200 fly in the morning. She will look to be one of the top 16 qualifiers for tomorrow evening's finals.