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Lady Flames Win Two Races on First Day at CCSA Meet
Liberty won the 200 free relay, and Brye Ravettine claimed victory in the 50 free on day one at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships, held on Thursday at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
Liberty stands in second place out of 12 teams after the first day of the women's competition. Florida Gulf Coast is in first place with 263 points, followed by the Lady Flames, with 179. North Florida closed day one at 124 points, good for third, while Georgia Southern and Davidson rounded out the top five.
The Lady Flames posted their first event victories all-time in the CCSA Championships on Thursday.
Liberty opened the evening session by winning the 200 free relay in a time of 1:31.36, edging Florida Gulf Coast by 0.88 seconds. Liberty's time set a program and meet record, and meets the B qualifying standard for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Ravettine, Cori Gary, Meghan Babcock and Marley Cripe swam their way to victory.
Ravettine posted the first individual event victory by Liberty at the conference championships, swimming a conference-record 22.19 in the 50 free. Cori Gary placed third in the 50 free, in 22.87.
Erin Curry placed fourth in the 200 individual medley, in a program-record clocking of 2:04.51. She had qualified fourth in preliminaries, swimming 2:05.52 to drop nearly three second off of her lifetime best.
The day got off to a fast start for the Lady Flames, with 10 Liberty swimmers qualifying for the evening finals, including four making the A finals. Additionally, two program records, along with one conference and meet record, were broken. Each Lady Flame swam their fastest time as a collegiate athlete, and most posted lifetime bests.
Ravettine placed first in qualifying for the 50 free, swimming a 22.30. The time set the program, conference and meet records, and also earns her a B standard for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Gary swam 22.94, good for third place in qualifying. Gary also posted a B qualifying time for the NCAA national meet.
Babcock posted the fifth best time in preliminaries, at 23.40. Cripe (23.72), Chloe Thomas (23.74) and Sarah McCorkle (23.75) qualified ninth through 11th, in that order.
In the 50 free finals, Babcock took eighth in 23.62, immediately followed by McCorkle at 23.70, Cripe in 23.80 and Thomas at 23.81.
Liberty's quartet of Ravettine, Curry, Wakeley and Gary went 3:46.07 in the 400 medley relay finals to finish second to Florida Gulf Coast in a program-record time. Ravettine led off in a Liberty-record 54.90 for the 100 backstroke.
To open the morning, Liberty placed three swimmers in the top 16 overall in the 500 freestyle heats. Emily Duff went on to win the consolation final at night, taking ninth overall in a program-record time of 4:58.63. In finals, Wakeley took 10th overall, swimming a season-best 5:02.00, while Margaret Riel finished in 12th, with a final clocking of 5:04.81.
Emily Mudd and Sarah Kendrick both posted lifetime bests by a considerable amount in the preliminary heats of the 500 freestyle. Mudd placed 21st in 5:12.00, and Kendrick was 37th with a 5:29.54.
Mudd finished in 32nd place in the 200 IM, swimming 2:14.27, while Mallorie Chambers went 2:17.18 for 34th place.
Rachel Nelson recorded a 24.40 for 19th place in the 50 free, and Carley Drye (24.84) tied for 27th.
Day two of the 2012 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the "B" heats of the 200 medley relay. The finals will then follow at 6 p.m.