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Lady Flames Pick Up Two Medals on Day 1
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Brye Ravettine clocked the second-fastest time in Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) history in the 50 freestyle, swimming 22.70 in the finals for a second-place finish, Thursday evening, in the 2011 CCSA Championships.
Ravettine's second-place medal was one of two Liberty medals on Day 1 of the Championships, as the foursome of Ravettine, Dani Fletcher, Sarah McCorkle and Lindsey Romkes finished third in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.64.
Liberty also enjoyed a third top-eight finish in the 400 medley relay, as Ravettine, Amber Kerico, Bethany Wakeley and Lindsey Romkes took fifth with a time of 3:53.05.
Wakeley had earlier finished first in the consolation final of the 500 free with a time of 5:01.85, beating her season-best time she set during the preliminaries (5:05.08), which was good for a ninth-place overall finish and nine team points for the Lady Flames.
After the first full day of competition, Liberty sits in sixth place with 99 points. Florida Gulf Coast leads the competition with 256.5 points, followed by Davidson (178), Gardner-Webb (142.5), Georgia Southern (115) and North Florida (104). Liberty currently leads Campbell (76), College of Charleston (63), Radford (61), Howard (36), VMI (33) and North Carolina A&T (26).
The Lady Flames enjoyed plenty of stellar performances during the preliminaries, despite only four swimmers qualifying for the Day 1 finals. Every single swim marked a season-best time, with many performances also marking lifetime bests for members of the team.
In the 500 freestyle, Sarah Kendrick, Ginny Mitchell and Elise Girani finished 40th, 41st and 42nd, respectively, swimming season-fastest times of 5:41.22, 5:41.55 and 5:41.91.
In the 200 IM event, sophomore Rachel Walten shaved more than four seconds off of her season-best time, clocking a time of 2:32.09 to finish 35th.
Friday marks Day 2 of the CCSA Championships, with the preliminaries again starting at 10 a.m. and the finals taking place at 6 p.m.