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Lady Flames to Compete at Phillips 66 National Championships

August 5, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Meghan Babock will anchor Liberty's 4 X 100 meter medley relay on Saturday at the 2014 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships

Meghan Babock will anchor Liberty's 4 X 100 meter medley relay on Saturday at the 2014 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships

The Liberty swimming & diving team will send four student-athletes to compete in the 2014 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships, held Wednesday through Sunday at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, Calif.

Liberty's 4 X 100 meter medley relay will compete on Saturday, with Emily Duff, Morgan Noonan, Ranndi Grubbs and Meghan Babcock serving as the Lady Flames' contingent at the national meet. The Lady Flames' relay will swim in finals on Saturday night. The evening session begins at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific), and the 4 X 100 medley relay will be the final event of the evening.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can follow the meet through live results and live video streaming, both courtesy of USASwimming.org. Links to both will be available on the swimming & diving schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

The Lady Flames enter the meet with a qualifying time of 4:15.15, which was obtained during the 2013 Virginia Swimming Long Course Senior Championships in Richmond, Va. Liberty's quartet that day consisted of Emilie Kaufman, Laura Day, Jess Reinhardt and Cori Gary. Their time of 4:15.15 is ranked 15th out of 20 teams listed in the pre-meet psych sheet.

This marks the fourth year in a row during which Liberty swimming & diving has sent at least one student-athlete to a summer national meet. Liberty was represented at the 2011 USA Swimming National Championships, the 2012 Olympic Trials and the 2013 U.S. Open. Last year, Emilie Kaufman placed 13th in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. Open, which also took place in Irvine, Calif.

Duff, a rising senior, will lead off the relay with a 100-meter backstroke. The Clayton, N.C., native is currently Liberty's record holder in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.52) and 400 IM (4:20.89). She is a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, and a six-time medalist at the CCSA Championships.

A sophomore from Watsonville, Calif., Noonan will be competing in her home state this week. As a freshman, she earned one top-eight finish at the CCSA meet, placing seventh overall in the 200 breaststroke. She ranks third all-time in program history in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

Grubbs, who served as a team captain as a sophomore in 2013-14, will swim the third leg for the Lady Flames. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Grubbs is a two-time top-eight conference finisher, qualifying for A finals in the 200 IM and 100 fly at the 2014 CCSA Championships. She ranks third at Liberty in the 100 fly.

Babcock, a native of Pfafftown, N.C., anchors the relay. The senior has twice been named a CSCAA Scholar All-American, including first team mention in 2014. She earned her first conference medal this year, placing third in the 100 freestyle. Babcock is rated third in program history in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free.