Liberty closes out its 2012-13 regular-season swimming schedule on Saturday, competing in the Davidson Duals at Davidson's Cannon Pool. The Davidson Duals features six Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) teams, and serves as a tuneup for the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. Liberty will face host Davidson, Georgia Southern, Radford, Howard and North Carolina A&T, with head-to-head scoring against each team. This marks the third season in a row in which the Lady Flames have finished the regular season at the Davidson Duals. At last year's event, Liberty went a perfect 6-0, including a close, 148-146 win over Georgia Southern that came down to the last race. The Lady Flames are 9-2 in dual meets so far this season, including 4-1 mark against Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) teams. Liberty defeated Marshall, 119-81, last Saturday to close out its regular-season home schedule. Cori Gary won both the 100 free (51.78) and 200 free (1:54.40), swimming Liberty's best time this season in both races. She was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week on Thursday. Liberty also picked up individual event wins in the 50 free (Brye Ravettine), 200 back (Kendall Hough), 200 fly (Jess Reinhardt) and 200 IM (Emilie Kaufman) against Marshall. Sophomore Emily Duff claimed three event victories against Duquesne on Jan. 11, winning the 200 free, 200 back and 400 IM. Duff has now collected victory in five different events in 2012-13. Kaufman, a junior, made a strong statement at the Hokie Fall Invitational in November. She broke program records in the 100 (1:01.85) and 200 (2:19.12) breaststroke, along with the 200 individual medley (2:04.35). Her 100 breaststroke time met the NCAA Division I B standard and US Open standard. Freshman Hannah Wakeley broke the program record in the 1,650 free at the Hokie Fall Invitational, swimming 17:40.40. The Lady Flames also clocked a school-record 1:43.68 in the 200 medley relay at the meet, with Duff, Kaufman, Reinhardt and Ravettine contributing to the record relay. Kaufman has been named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week twice this season (Oct. 17 and Nov. 21). Ravettine, a 2012 All-American and CCSA Swimmer of the Year, has clocked 23.29 in the 50 free and 51.90 in the 100 free so far this season. She has seven individual event victories this year and has been a key contributor to the team's sprint relays. The Lady Flames have shown tremendous depth this season. A total of 11 Liberty swimmers have claimed at least one individual event victory, with four freshmen posting event wins. Currently, Liberty has top-three times in the CCSA in five individual events. Kaufman has posted the second-best time in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.85), 200 breaststroke (2:19.12) and 200 IM (2:04.35). Reinhardt ranks second in the 100 fly (55.33), while Ravettine's 50 free time of 23.29 is third. Relays have been a source of strength for the Lady Flames. Liberty's 200 free relay and 200 and 400 medley relays are all have the second-best times in the latest CCSA top times list. Davidson (4-3, 2-1 CCSA) Davidson holds conference victories over College of Charleston and VMI so far this season, and most recently fell to Gardner-Webb, 136-69, this past Saturday. Meredith Nakano, the current CCSA leader in the 200 fly (2:01.87), has six top-eight conference times at present. Five additional Cougars have posted times in the top eight, led by Lauren Malachowski (5th – 200 back, 2:04.48).
Georgia Southern (6-3, 2-3 CCSA) Liberty meets Georgia Southern for the second time this season, as the Lady Flames downed the Eagles, 170-127, at the Florida Gulf Coast Quad Meet earlier in the year. The Eagles will compete at Gardner-Webb on Friday night, before heading to Davidson. Elaina Lanson has exceled in the sprint free races this season. She ranks fourth in the CCSA in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free. Kristen Bates' 1:02.79 is third in the conference in the 100 breaststroke, while Courtney Harrison is sixth in the 200 breaststroke.
Radford (5-7, 2-3 CCSA) Radford is 5-7 after downing Siena, 136-121, and falling to Saint Francis (Pa.), 160-96, last Saturday. The Highlanders' CCSA wins both came in October, when they defeated North Carolina A&T and UNC Asheville.
Howard (2-9, 1-0 CCSA) Howard brings a 2-9 record, including 1-0 mark in CCSA competition, into the weekend. The Bison own wins over VMI and Catholic University in 2012-13, and have lost their last five dual meets.
North Carolina A&T (0-6, 0-5 CCSA) North Carolina A&T remains in search of its first victory of the campaign. Most recently, the Aggies fell to Campbell and UNC Asheville this past weekend.
Following the Davidson Duals, Liberty will next compete at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium from Feb. 21-23.
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. 400 Freestyle Relay
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