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Liberty's Finnigan Takes 31st Place in 200 Fly at NCAA Nationals
Liberty sophomore Alicia Finnigan placed 31st in the 200 fly on the final day of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, Saturday at IU Natatorium.
Finnigan clocked 1:57.37 in preliminary heats of the 200 fly, finishing 31st overall out of 48 entrants. It took a time of 1:55.52 to make tonight's B Final, while 1:54.41 qualified for the A Final. Ella Eastin of Stanford placed first in qualifying, at 1:52.58.
The sophomore's time of 1:57.37 was the fastest 200 fly by a Lady Flame at NCAA National Championships, faster than Jess Reinhardt's 1:58.76 in 2014.
Finnigan had earned her way to nationals with a program and conference-record 1:56.15 at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet, Feb. 26 in Athens, Ga.
Yesterday, Finnigan placed 50th overall in the 100 fly, at 53.83. She is the fourth Lady Flame in program history to compete at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
The Lady Flames have wrapped up their 2016-17 season. This year saw Liberty earn its fifth CCSA runner-up finish in the last six seasons, while also going 10-2 in dual-meet action. This was also Liberty's fourth time in seven years of program history to send at least one student-athlete to the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Championships.