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Liberty Earns Five Medals on Day Two at CCSA Championships

February 17, 2012
|  Athens, Ga.
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Bethany Wakeley swims to victory in the 100 fly at the 2012 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Liberty's Bethany Wakeley won the 100 fly on Friday, one of five medal-winning swims for the Lady Flames during day two of the 2012 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimming and Diving Championships, held at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Liberty is in second place in the team standings after two days, with 367.5 points. Florida Gulf Coast leads with 564 points. Georgia Southern is in third, at 298.5, followed by Gardner-Webb (243) and North Florida (236).

After setting four program records in the morning session, the Lady Flames lowered six Liberty records during the evening.

The Lady Flames opened up the evening program by placing second in the 200 medley relay, posting a program-record 1:43.75. Brye Ravettine led off in a Liberty-record 25.44, and was followed in the relay by Erin Curry, Marley Cripe and Cori Gary.

Curry then lowered her own program standard to 4:25.77 to finish in fourth place in the 400 IM. Overall, she broke Liberty's record coming into the meet by nearly nine seconds.

Wakeley kicked down Danielle Butler of Florida Gulf Coast to win the 100 fly in a program-record 54.77. Wakeley outpaced Butler by nearly half of a second in the last 50 yards to claim victory.

Margaret Riel took fourth place in the women's 200 freestyle A final, swimming 1:51.75. Sarah McCorkle placed sixth, clocking a 1:53.41.

Ravettine and Emily Duff picked up medals in the 100 back. Ravettine placed second in a program-record and NCAA B-cut time of 54.59. Duff went 56.65 for 3rd, and Chloe Thomas came in fifth with a 57.46.

Riel, McCorkle, Duff and Wakeley teamed up to place second in the 800 free relay, swimming 7:30.74 while breaking the Liberty record by over 16 seconds.

Friday's morning session featured 16 out of 17 lifetime bests for the Lady Flames. A total of 10 Liberty swimmers qualified for finals, with seven making A finals and three qualifying for B finals. Additionally, four program records were lowered in preliminaries. Most of Liberty's athletes had substantial improvements on their seed times.

Curry swam a program-record 4:28.34 in the 400 IM prelims, qualifying sixth in the event.

Bethany Wakeley then placed first in the 100 fly qualifier, swimming 55.61 to break her own Liberty standard of 57.31. Cripe and Rachel Nelson both qualified for the B final, with Cripe swimming 57.23 and Nelson, 57.70. In the finals, Cripe tied for 11th in 57.56 and Nelson took 13th in 57.71.

In the 200 freestyle, three Lady Flames broke the existing program record of 1:53.77. Riel finished fourth in qualifying, with a 1:51.54, while McCorkle was seventh in prelims, at 1:52.37. Gary earned the first spot in the B final, in 1:52.55. She then placed 16th overall in finals, clocking a 1:56.76.

Liberty posted three top-eight times in the 100 backstroke prelims, with Ravettine in second with a program-record and NCAA B-cut 54.81. Duff was third in qualifying, at 56.95, and Thomas came in fifth with a 57.31. Jennifer Garzinski, at 17th in 59.18, was the first alternate.

Meghan Babcock (1:56.21) and Carley Drye (1:56.35) placed 23rd and 24th in the 200 free, and Emily Mudd was 30th in 1:57.93.

Sarah Kendrick placed 34th in qualifying heats for the 100 fly, posting a 1:01.04.

Garzinski (1:10.15) and Mallorie Chambers (1:10.74) were 26th and 27th, respectively in the 100 breaststroke.

The CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships conclude tomorrow. The morning session begins at 10 a.m. with the preliminary heats of the 200 backstroke, and finals will commence at 6 p.m.