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Liberty Swimming Continues Florida Training Trip
With the 2011 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Conference Championship fast approaching, the Liberty women's swimming team is currently on a training trip in Fort Myers, Fla., where the squad has been taking part in two-a-day practices since New Year's Day.
The trip will wrap up this Saturday, when the Lady Flames compete in the Florida Gulf Coast quad meet along with Radford and Georgia Southern.
The team departed from Lynchburg on Dec. 31, and head coach Jake Shellenberger planned two practices a day using the Florida Gulf Coast outdoor pool, plus weight sessions.
"It is a tradition in college swimming for teams from the north to travel to warmer climates in the winter to train and compete," commented Shellenberger. "We are very thankful to be in the position to continue that tradition here at Liberty, and the women are enjoying spending time in the warmer weather. From a coaching standpoint, Jessica Barnes and I are looking forward to some intense training as our host, Florida Gulf Coast, has a beautiful outdoor, Olympic-sized pool that we will certainly put to good use."
The team will have one day off tomorrow, and the Lady Flames will participate in volunteer work at McGregor Baptist Church.
The Lady Flames are led by Brye Ravettine, who holds top-eight times in three individual events (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and Bethany Wakeley, who ranks No. 12 in the CCSA in the 200 butterfly.
Florida Gulf Coast Quad Meet
January 8, 2011
Florida Gulf Coast (4-2)
The Eagles, who have picked up dual-meet wins over FAU, FIU and Florida A&M, will host this weekend's quad meet after defeating North Texas, 205-95, on Dec. 18. Sophomore Dani Beaubrun, who holds top-five CCSA times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, took 29th in both the 50 and 200-meter breaststroke en route to setting national records at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last week.
The Eagles, who were the 2010 CCSA Conference Champions, are represented in the top five in all events in the conference.
Georgia Southern (4-1)
The Eagles have only dropped one meet this season, and have picked up victories over CCSA members Campbell, College of Charleston and North Carolina A&T.
Georgia Southern took fifth place in last year's CCSA Conference Championship, and this year's squad is paced by freestyler Ali Campbell and breaststroker Megan Ostrom. Both swimmers have posted top-10 times this season.
Liberty defeated the Highlanders in its first-ever program win on Oct. 8, 2010, with a score of 116.5-114.5. Radford hasn't competed since Dec. 4, when the team defeated Mount St. Mary's, 105-100.
Haley Schweitzer is No. 13 in the CCSA with a time of 2:11.79 in the 200 butterfly, while Jessica Frazelle and Meaghan Rowley are No. 14 and No. 15, respectively, in the 100 backstroke.
Schedule of Events
1. 200 Medley Relay
2. 1650 Freestyle
3. 200 Freestyle
4. 100 Backstroke
5. 100 Breaststroke
6. 200 Butterfly
7. 50 Freestyle
8. 1-meter dive
9. 100 Freestyle
10. 200 Backstroke
11. 200 Breaststroke
12. 500 Freestyle
13. 100 Butterfly
14. 3-meter dive
15. 400 Individual Medley
16. 200 Freestyle Relay