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Ravettine Set to Compete in NCAA Championships
Brye Ravettine will represent Liberty at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, held Thursday through Saturday at Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
Ravettine, a sophomore from Mahwah, N.J., will be the first Liberty swimmer to compete at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in program history.
Fans can follow the meet through live results and live video streaming. Links to both are available on the swimming schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. Live video feeds of each session will be shown on ncaa.com, while the evening sessions on Friday and Saturday are also on ESPN3.com.
The event will feature the same program that Liberty swam at the CCSA Championships last month, when the Lady Flames claimed second place. The top 16 times from the morning prelims qualify for evening finals, with the top eight swimming in the A Final. Those who complete their swims in the A Final are named All-America first team, while B finalists are honorable mention All-Americans.
Ravettine will compete in three events at the national meet, one per day. She will begin competition on Thursday, swimming in the 50 freestyle preliminary heats. She enters the meet with the 13th-fastest 50 free time, 22.19, among those competing at nationals. Florida Gulf Coast's Emma Svensson will also represent the CCSA, with a seed time of 22.46.
Last year's 50 free champion, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of Auburn, has the best seed time, at 21.35, while six out of last year's top eight finishers return to this year's championship.
Ravettine competes in the 100 backstroke on Friday morning, with a seed time of 54.59 attained at the CCSA Championships. Defending champion, California's Cindy Tran enters with the best time in the event this season, at 50.65.
Liberty's participation in the championships will continue on Saturday, when the Mahwah, N.J., native contests the 100 freestyle. She earned a B cut with a 49.33, which is the 43rd best time entered in the event. Vanderpool-Wallace returns to defend her 100 free championship as well, as she is the top seed, at 46.61.
Ravettine was named the CCSA Swimmer of the Meet and CCSA Swimmer of the Year on Feb. 18, as Ravettine won two individual events at the conference championships and swam on two winning relays. She earned B cuts in winning the 50 and 100 free and also while getting second in the 100 back at the CCSA Championships.
Earlier this season, Ravettine qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 50-meter freestyle, swimming a 25.99 at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships.