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Swimming Set to Compete at Campbell in Season Opener

October 11, 2012
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Sarah McCorkle, Emily Duff and Bethany Wakeley during the women's 800 free relay at the 2012 CCSA Championships.

The Liberty swimming team, under the direction of third-year head coach Jake Shellenberger, opens its third season of intercollegiate competition on Saturday, when the Lady Flames take on Campbell at 3 p.m. in Buies Creek, N.C.

Last season, the Lady Flames made big improvements over their inaugural season. In 2011, Liberty finished in sixth place with 267 points at the CCSA Championships, while the Lady Flames earned second place with 538.5 points at the 2012 CCSA Championships. Liberty went 12-2 during the 2011-12 regular season, including 9-1 against conference opponents.

Brye Ravettine was named 2012 CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Meet and CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year. She then went on to become Liberty's first NCAA Division I swimming All-American when she placed 13th in the 50 free at NCAA Division I Women's Swimming Championship.

Shellenberger was voted 2012 CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year for guiding Liberty's second-year women's swimming team to a very successful campaign.

At the 2012 CCSA Championship, Liberty had 13 medal-winning performances, five event victories, six NCAA B cuts, 16 program records, three meet and conference records, and numerous lifetime bests.

Liberty returns all 16 of its swimmers from a year ago and adds six freshman and one transfer student-athlete to the roster this season.

Included in the freshman class are two swimmers with Olympic Trials experience. Jess Reinhardt competed in the 2008 and 2012 Australian Olympic Trials, while Laura Day swam in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Emilie Kaufman, a junior transfer from Rutgers, brings impressive credentials in the breaststroke and individual medley.

Of the returning swimmers, five hold at least one individual program record and a total of nine returnees swam on at least one program-record-setting relay last season.

Juniors Bethany Wakeley and Sarah McCorkle will serve as Liberty's swimming captains for the second consecutive year. Wakeley won the 100 fly and placed second in the 200 fly at the 2012 CCSA Championships. McCorkle had two A Final swims and competed on Liberty's victorious 400 free relay at the conference meet last year.

A pair of Liberty swimmers was named to the 2011-12 CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American Team. Ravettine earned first-team honors, while Cori Gary was awarded honorable mention status.

Ravettine tied for 72nd place out of 154 competitors in the women's 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, while incoming freshman Day swam in the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The Lady Flames are 1-1 in season-opening meets in program history. Liberty fell to Campbell, 111-94, during the program's first meet, Oct. 2, 2010. Last season, the Lady Flames came from behind to down Marshall, 147-141, on Oct. 22 in Huntington, W.Va.

Liberty is 2-2 all-time in dual-meet competitions against Campbell. Last season, Liberty went 2-0 versus Campbell, defeating the Camels in Buies Creek, N.C., and at the Davidson Duals.

Campbell placed sixth out of 13 teams at the All-North Carolina Invitational last weekend to open the 2012-13 swimming season. Kylie Warne led the Camels with a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley and fifth-place showing in the 200 butterfly.

Campbell placed eighth at the 2012 CCSA Championships, scoring 181 points. Warne returns to the Camels following a second-place finish during the CCSA 1,650 freestyle final in 2012. A total of four program record holders are on Campbell's roster, in Warne (1,000 and 1,650 free), Cheriesse Campbell (200 and 500 free), Kaitlyn Burnette (100 back) and Sydney Postmus (200 back).

Following Saturday's meet, Liberty will compete in the Virginia Tech Sprint Classic on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Lady Flames will face the Hokies, along with CCSA foes Gardner-Webb and VMI.

Schedule of Events
1. 200 Medley Relay
2. 1,000 Freestyle
3. 200 Freestyle
4. 100 Backstroke
5. 100 Breaststroke
6. 200 Butterfly
7. 50 Freestyle
15 Minute Break
8. 100 Freestyle
9. 200 Backstroke
10. 200 Breaststroke
11. 500 Freestyle
12. 100 Butterfly
15 Minute Break
13. 200 Individual Medley
14. 200 Freestyle Relay