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Liberty Swimming Travels to Boston for Tri-Meet

October 31, 2012
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Junior co-captain Bethany Wakeley and the Liberty swimming team compete in Boston on Friday.

Liberty swimming travels to Boston this Friday, competing in a tri-meet with host Boston College of the ACC and Maine of the America East. The first race is set to begin at 6 p.m.

For the second meet in a row, Liberty will face a member of the ACC, as the Lady Flames swam at the Virginia Tech Sprint Classic on Oct. 20 in Christiansburg, Va. Liberty went 2-1 at that meet, defeating CCSA foes Gardner-Webb and VMI. The Lady Flames claimed victory in five individual events at Virginia Tech as well.

Virginia Tech won 12 events, and Liberty claimed victory in the remaining five on Oct. 20.  Brye Ravettine won the 50 free in 23.58, while Emile Kaufman won both the 50 breaststroke (29.02) and the 100 IM (57.48). Jess Reinhardt claimed the 50 fly in 25.72, and Liberty won the 200 free relay, clocking 1:35.37.

Liberty (3-1, 3-0 CCSA) has seen three program records fall so far this season, with all three being broken by newcomers. On Oct. 13 at Campbell, freshman Hannah Wakeley set a new program record in the 1000 free, swimming 10:34.02. Kaufman, a junior transfer, broke the 100 breaststroke program record, in 1:03.24, at Campbell. At Virginia Tech on Oct. 20, freshman Laura Day clocked a school-record 2:24.12 in the 200 breaststroke.

All of Liberty's swimming records are held by current Lady Flames' swimmers. Eight different Lady Flames currently hold at least one individual program record.

Kaufman was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 17 after a standout first meet as a Lady Flame. Kaufman has won all four individual events in which she has competed at Liberty after transferring from Rutgers. She is the third current Lady Flame to be named CCSA Swimmer of the Week (Ravettine, 2011-12; Erin Curry 2012).

Relays have been a source of strength for the Lady Flames, especially their 200 free relay, which is 7-1 since the start of last season.

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 Free (23.58)
400 Medley Relay – 3:50.74

Boston College (10-4)
Boston College finished first in the nine-team Northeast Catholic Invite two weeks ago. The Eagles also hold a dual-meet victory over Fairfield this season. Kathryn Raplee won the 100 free and 200 free in BC's 152-137 triumph at Fairfield, while Emily Downs claimed the 100 free at the Northeast Catholic Invite.

Boston College placed 11th at last year's ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship.

Maine (0-1)
Maine opened the season with a 155-143 loss against Rhode Island, last Friday. Shannon Bender won three events versus Rhode Island (1000 free, 200 back, 200 IM), while Naja Harvey (100 and 200 breaststroke) and Erica Smrcina (100 and 200 fly) won two events each. The Black Bears compete against Bryant on Thursday before swimming at Boston this Friday.

Maine placed sixth out of seven teams at the 2012 America East Women's Swimming and Diving Championship.

Following Friday's meet, Liberty will next compete in the Virginia Tech Invitational, Nov. 15-17 at Christiansburg Aquatic Center. The seven-team event features five squads, including Liberty, which scored points at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in 2012.

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
8. 1-Meter Diving
9. 100 Freestyle
10. 200 Backstroke
11. 200 Breaststroke
12. 500 Freestyle
13. 100 Butterfly
14. 3-Meter Diving
15. 200 Individual Medley
16. 200 Freestyle Relay