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Lady Flames to Compete at VT Sprint Classic

October 18, 2012
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Sophomore Erin Curry posted a pair of top-three finishes during Liberty's season opener at Campbell last Saturday.

Liberty swimming will face Commonwealth opponent Virginia Tech of the ACC for the first time ever this weekend, competing in the Virginia Tech Sprint Classic on Saturday at 11 a.m. The meet, held at Christiansburg Aquatic Center, also features CCSA opponents Gardner-Webb and VMI.

The Virginia Tech Sprint Classic, a four-team meet, will be scored in dual-meet fashion. The program includes 13 individual swimming events and four relays, with no diving to be contested on Saturday. The meet will include a few wrinkles, as there will be a 50-yard race at each stroke along with a 100-yard individual medley.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans unable to attend Saturday's meet can follow the action through live timing, provided by Virginia Tech.

The Lady Flames opened the 2012-13 season with a 147-112 win at Campbell last Saturday. Liberty swept both relays, and won seven individual events in claiming its second season-opening victory in a row. The team showed its depth, as seven different Lady Flames won events on Saturday.

Emilie Kaufman had a standout meet during her first competition after transferring from Rutgers. She clocked a 1:03.24 in the 100 breaststroke, setting the program record with the sixth-fastest time in the nation this season. Kaufman also swam a 28.46 second leg of the victorious 200 medley relay and won the 100 fly in 56.56. For her efforts, she was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week.

Freshman Hannah Wakeley won the 1000 freestyle in a program-record time of 10:34.02, breaking the previous record by more than two seconds.

Brye Ravettine, the reigning Big South Women's Swimmer of the Year, claimed victory in the 100 back (59.05), and finished third in the 50 free, an event won by Marley Cripe (24.41).

Chloe Thomas won the 100 free in 53.39, after placing second in the 50 free. Freshmen Kendall Hough and Laura Day both picked up victories, with Hough winning the 200 back in 2:09.30 and Day swimming 2:29.52 to win the 200 breaststroke.

Liberty holds the top time in the CCSA in four events at present. They include:
Emilie Kaufman – 100 Breast (1:03.24); 100 Fly (56.56)
Brye Ravettine – 50 Back (27.58)
Hannah Wakeley – 1000 Free (10:34.02)

Virginia Tech
The Hokies begin their season this weekend. Virginia Tech placed fourth at the 2012 ACC Championships before scoring 51 points to take 18th place at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The team scored 38 out of its 51 points at nationals in diving, with 13 coming in swimming events.

Heather Savage, the reigning ACC champion and ACC record holder in the 100 fly (52.14), placed seventh at the NCAA finals last season. Sabrina Benson holds Virginia Tech's records in the 100 back (52.65) and 200 back (1:56.38) and competed in three events at 2012 nationals. A total of five current Hokies competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb competes in its first dual meets this weekend, swimming at VMI on Friday and at Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Runnin' Bulldogs placed fifth out of six Division I teams at the All-N.C. Invitational on Oct. 5-6. Freshman Giorgie Graves was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 11 after winning the 100 fly (57.46) and placing fourth in the 100 freestyle (52.77).

Last year, the Runnin' Bulldogs finished in fourth place at the CCSA Championships, highlighted by a 400 IM victory from CJay Wiley (4:23.63). Charity Byrum placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.37) and third in the 200 IM (2:04.09), while Jenna Ballinger was second in the 200 free (1:50.91).

The Lady Flames are 1-1 all-time against Gardner-Webb, including a 119-86 win at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 28, 2012.

VMI
VMI opens its season this weekend with a tri-meet with Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville on Friday night before competing in Christiansburg on Saturday. The Keydets are coming off of an 11th-place finish at the 2012 CCSA Championships. Mackenzie Perkins leads VMI, as she holds five individual program records.

Liberty is 2-0 in dual-meet action against VMI, with both meetings happening during the 2010-11 campaign.

After competing in the Virginia Tech Sprint Classic, Liberty's next competition will be a tri-meet in Boston on Nov. 2, as the Lady Flames take on Boston College and Maine.

Schedule of Events
1. 400 Medley Relay
2. 1,000 Freestyle
3. 50 Freestyle
4. 200 Freestyle
5. 50 Backstroke
6. 50 Breaststroke
7. 200 Butterfly
8. 200 Freestyle Relay
15 Minute Break
9. 200 Medley Relay
10. 500 Freestyle
11. 100 Freestyle
12. 200 Backstroke
13. 200 Breaststroke
14. 100 Individual Medley
15 Minute Break
15. 50 Butterfly
16. 400 Individual Medley
17. 400 Freestyle Relay