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Liberty Swimming to Join CCSA
The Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) has added the Liberty Women's Swimming program into the League, it was announced yesterday by CCSA Executive Director Ted Gumbart. Liberty will begin its CCSA membership in 2010-11.
"We are excited to announce the first expansion of the CCSA with the addition of Liberty University in women's swimming for next year," said Gumbart. "The CCSA has been a wonderful partnership between the four participating conferences, and we are proud to provide a championship experience for all our swimming and diving student-athletes, now including the Liberty women's team. We're pleased to see the growth for the sport, and we wish Coach Shellenberger and his team best as they build the Lady Flames swim program."
"We are thrilled here at Liberty to be joining the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association and we are excited to get started next year," added Liberty head coach Jake Shellenberger. "The Conference is young but very fast, and the fact that the Conference championship meet is held in venues that can also host the NCAA Division I Championship shows that the CCSA is serious about fast swimming and is willing to give their member schools every opportunity to achieve national level performances. We are grateful and look forward to great competition for years to come."
"It is very exciting to be adding a Division I swimming program to our athletics program," commented Jeff Barber, Director of Athletics at Liberty. "Having the opportunity to compete in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association will benefit our program in many ways and allow our team to compete at a very high level."
Liberty women's swimming will begin its first year as a varsity sport in 2010-11 and will take the place of former CCSA member North Florida, which discontinued women's swimming and diving on March 22.
Shellenberger has signed four athletes to the 2010-11 squad. He has been working with the University's club team since joining the staff last summer, and conducts daily practices with the group. Shellenberger has also traveled with the team to several club meets this year, where the Liberty squad defeated UNC Greensboro, High Point and N.C. State.
About the CCSA
The Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association will enter its fourth year as a NCAA Division I men's and women's swimming and diving conference in 2010-11. Formed on July 10, 2007, the CCSA is comprised of schools from the Atlantic Sun Conference, Big South Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and Southern Conference. The 12 women's members are Campbell, College of Charleston, Davidson, Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Howard, Liberty, North Carolina A&T, Radford and VMI. The six men's swimming members are College of Charleston, Davidson, Florida A&M, Gardner-Webb, Howard and VMI.