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Ravettine Earns CCSA Honor as Liberty Finishes Sixth
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Brye Ravettine earned Co-Freshman of the Meet honors and the Lady Flames finished sixth at the 2011 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships in Athens, Ga.
The Lady Flames ended up in the No. 6 slot, finishing their first-ever showing at the event with 267 total points, just behind North Florida with 286 points.
Florida Gulf Coast won the meet for the third time in four years, ending up with a total of 879.5 points.
Liberty picked up two medals on the final day of competition with a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay featuring Ravettine, Sarah McCorkle, Bethany Wakeley and Lindsey Romkes, and a second-place finish by Ravettine in the 100 freestyle.
Ravettine, a redshirt freshman from Mahwah, N.J., scored 49 total points in the meet, and also clocked a NCAA B-cut time in the 50 freestyle, which added four points to her total. Her grand total of 53 points tied Jessie Porter of Florida Gulf Coast.
A sixth-place finish out of 13 teams is an impressive result for Liberty's first year as an NCAA Division I program, and the Lady Flames will look to build on that success as they become more experienced.
Dani Fletcher scored the first Liberty points during the third evening of competition, clocking a 2:08.82 in the 200 backstroke in the consolation final. She finishing fifth and earning five points for the Lady Flames.
Ravettine picked up her second medal of the meet by finishing second in the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 50.86. Davidson's Lindsey Martin, who narrowly beat Ravettine in the 50 free on Thursday, won the 100 free with a NCAA B-cut time of 49.41. Ravettine's finish earned 17 Liberty points, and Sarah McCorkle and Lindsey Romkes combined for 11 points with their third and fourth-place finishes in the consolation final of the same event.
Amber Kerico added four points in the 200 breaststroke with a fifth-place finish in the consolation final, besting her preliminary time with a 2:24.24.
Wakeley barely missed out on a medal with a fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly, swimming a season-fastest 2:04.78 and scoring 15 points for the Lady Flames.
The highlight of Saturday's preliminaries was McCorkle's swim-off against Georgia Southern's Laurie Stephens to determine the 16th-place finisher, and consolation final qualifier, in the 100 free. In an exciting fashion, McCorkle came from behind on the final turn to finish first, and earn the right to compete Saturday night.
The Lady Flames continued a streak of season-best times in Saturday's preliminaries. Hannah Yacynych posted a 2:28.88 time in the 200 backstroke, which was more than seven seconds faster than her personal best. Karis Kemper (1:03.00), Elise Girani (57.86), Ginny Mitchell (58.59), Kati Masters (57.18), Lauren Garside (56.59), Dana Nichols (57.74) and Emily Mudd (55.86) all swam their fastest times of the year in the 100 freestyle, as all but two broke a minute for the first time in that event.
Sarah Kendrick cut more than second seconds off of her season-best time in the 200 butterfly, clocking a time of 2:22.31 in the preliminaries.
Prior to the meet, all seniors from all schools were recognized. Liberty seniors who were part of the first competitive Lady Flames swim team are Garside, Girani and Masters.