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Liberty Heads to Davidson to Face Six Squads
The Liberty Lady Flames will compete in their final meet before the 2011 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Conference Championships in February, as they are slated to swim against six squads at Davidson, Saturday at 1 p.m., in Davidson, N.C.
The Lady Flames will be joined at the Charles A. Cannon Pool by CCSA opponents Howard, North Carolina A&T, Georgia Southern, Campbell, Radford and host Davidson.
The Lady Flames (5-5, 4-5 CCSA) have enjoyed a successful debut season, most recently sweeping a tri-meet against VMI and Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 15 in Lexington, Va.
Liberty is led by redshirt freshman standout Brye Ravettine, who is currently the No. 3 swimmer in the CCSA in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.83. Ravettine also holds top-16 times in the 50 freestyle (4th, 24.13), the 100 freestyle (7th, 52.62) and the 100 butterfly (13th, 58.86), and was named Liberty's first-ever CCSA Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 12.
Also among Liberty's top performers are Lindsey Romkes (6th in the 200 freestyle) and Bethany Wakeley (12th in the 200 butterfly and 16th in the 1650 freestyle).
Scouting the Competition
The Wildcats are coming off a 133.5-106.5 loss to Georgia Tech on the road last weekend. Lindsey Martin, the reigning CCSA Swimmer of the Week, is the fastest short-distance freestyler in the conference, as she ranks first in the 50 free, the 100 free and the 200 free.
The Camels, who handed Liberty its first loss of the season on Oct. 2, are coming off of a victory over the North Carolina A&T Aggies last weekend. Prior to Saturday's meet, Campbell will host a Friday tri-meet against Gardner-Webb and Pfeiffer.
Ashlyn Stumpf currently ranks 7th in the 50 free, while teammate Cheriesse Campbell is No. 3 in the 1650 free, 7th in the 200 free and 6th in the 500 free.
Georgia Southern (7-3)
Georgia Southern, which defeated Liberty at the Florida Gulf Coast quad meet on Jan. 8, most recently split a double-dual meet last Saturday, defeating Limestone but falling to CCSA member Gardner-Webb.
The Eagles' Ali Campbell boasts top-10 times in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle events, while Courtney Harrison is No. 5 in the 200 back and Megan Ostrom sits at No. 7 in the 100 breaststroke.
The Bison haven't been in action since Jan. 8, when they fell to Drexel and UMBC in Philadelphia, Pa.
Individually, Chelsea Andrews is the lone Howard swimmer ranking in the top-16 in swimming events. She is currently the 6th-fastest in the 50 free and 8th in the 100 free.
Her teammate, Ashley Goins, is the third-best CCSA diver in the 1-meter dive (245.62).
North Carolina A&T (0-2)
The Aggies have struggled this season, and the Lady Flames picked up a 167-35 victory over N.C. A&T on Oct. 8 at Radford. The Aggies do not currently have any swimmers with top-16 CCSA times, but juniors Lauren Bowling and Jasmine Gurley, as well as freshman Akaela McGinty, qualified for the Radford Invitational Finals back in November.
The Highlanders, who Liberty defeated on Oct. 8, 2010, avenged that loss on Jan. 8 at the FGCU quad meet, defeating the Lady Flames, 181-111. That victory marked the squad's first win since Dec. 4, 2010.
Haley Schweitzer holds the team's best CCSA time, ranking 13th in the 200 butterfly, while Jessica Frazelle and Meaghan Rowley are 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 200 backstroke. Meanwhile, diver Katie Shaffer is first in the CCSA 3-meter dive.