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Liberty Wins Six Events in Historic Meet
It was a historic day at the LaHaye Aquatics Center, as the Liberty Lady Flames won six events in their first-ever competitive meet at the NCAA Division I level.
Swimming in front of a capacity crowd, the Lady Flames tallied 94 points, while the visiting Camels from Campbell finished the day on top with 111 points.
The meet was highlighted by two individual wins by Liberty's Brye Ravettine, who finished first in the 50y freestyle and 100y freestyle events.
Liberty won its very first event, the 200y medley relay, as the team of Dani Fletcher, Amber Kerico, Melissa Watson and Sarah McCorkle finished the race just ahead of Campbell's group of K.B. Burnett, Charlotte Cornet, Casey Umberger and Kaitlyn Tunstall.
After Bethany Wakeley finished second in the 1000y freestyle, freshman Lindsey Romkes picked up Liberty's second win of the day with a 1:55.87 time in the 200y freestyle.
Lady Flame Melissa Watson took a second-place finish in the 200y individual medley, and that event was followed by a Liberty win with a first-place finish by Wakeley in the 100y butterfly.
Romkes placed in the top three in her second individual event with a second-place finish in the 500y freestyle, and Watson picked up another second-place finish in the 100y breaststroke.
The Lady Flames concluded their first meet with another win, as the team of Romkes, Fletcher, McCorkle and Ravettine picked up the win in the 200y freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.44.
"We raced well, and we won six out of 11 events," commented Head Coach Jake Shellenberger. "We need a little more depth in order to compete with the better teams in the CCSA. It was a good start, and we're excited for the future."
Liberty is back in action next weekend in a meet at Radford on Friday, swimming against Radford and North Carolina A&T. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.