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Lady Flames Post 1-2 Mark at FGCU Quad Meet
Liberty edged North Dakota, 121-115, posting a 1-2 record in the Florida Gulf Coast Quad Meet, held on Saturday at FGCU Aquatics Center. Season and lifetime bests, along with top-four finishes, abounded for the Lady Flames as they closed their Florida training trip.
Three-time defending CCSA champion Florida Gulf Coast registered a 179-57.5 victory over Liberty. Georgia Tech of the ACC defeated the Lady Flames, 182-54. Georgia Tech went 3-0 at the event, while Florida Gulf Coast registered a 2-1 showing.
Liberty's dual-meet record stands at 4-2 following Saturday's action.
Similarly to the team's first meet of the season at Marshall, the Lady Flames came from behind in the final event, the 200 freestyle relay, to defeat North Dakota. On Saturday, Liberty's A and B relays both clocked 1:37.14, good for a second-place tie, and giving them the final six-point edge over North Dakota.
Florida Gulf Coast's Emma Svensson and Liberty's Brye Ravettine, the top two sprinters in the CCSA, went 1-2 in the 50 free, with Svensson's time of 23.17 narrowly edging Ravettine's season-best 23.24. Freshman Meghan Babcock touched the wall in a lifetime-best 24.33, good for seventh place.
Freshman Emily Duff swam her personal-best time for the 100 backstroke, placing third in a time of 58.57.
Erin Curry lowered her season best in the 200 individual medley by .20, swimming 2:10.11 to capture fourth place overall.
In the 100 fly, sophomore Bethany Wakeley claimed fourth place by clocking 57.62.
Cori Gary swam the 100 free in 53.19, placing fourth, while teammate Sarah McCorkle recorded a season-best 53.87 to take eighth place.
Margaret Riel swam her lifetime best of 1:56.14 to earn eighth place in the 200 free.
Liberty will next compete at Duquesne of the Atlantic 10 on Jan. 14 in Pittsburgh, Pa. It will be the Lady Flames' first-ever meeting with the Dukes.