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Liberty Posts Wins Over Oregon State, Seattle

October 10, 2014  Corvallis, Ore.  RSS
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Sophomore Heather McCorkel won the 200 free and placed second in the 500 free on Friday.

Sophomore Heather McCorkel won the 200 free and placed second in the 500 free on Friday.

Liberty went 2-0 at a tri-meet held by Oregon State on Friday, defeating the host Beavers of the Pac-12 (145-112) and Seattle (167-90) at Stevens Natatorium.

The Lady Flames are now 3-0 on the season, after completing their first regular-season trip to the West Coast. Oregon State went 1-1 at the event, winning the head-to-head matchup with Seattle, 182.50-79.50.

Liberty went 1-2-3 in the 200 medley relay, and posted the top two times while swimming the meet-ending 400 free relay as an exhibition. The team earned seven individual event victories overall. Junior Kendall Hough won both the 100 free and 100 back, while seniors Meghan Babcock and Emily Duff, juniors Ranndi Grubbs and Hannah Wakeley and sophomore Heather McCorkel won one event apiece.

The Lady Flames' 200 medley relay consisting of Hough, freshmen Prudence Rooker and Kendall Hart along with Babcock, won in 1:45.21.

McCorkel claimed victory in the 200 free with a 1:50.22 clocking, followed by Sammy Harrison of Oregon State (1:51.62) and Liberty freshman Chelsea Pond, at 1:54.41.

Hough then won the 100 back, leading a 1-2-3 Liberty sweep with a time of 56.34. Duff (56.74) and sophomore Victoria Tschoke (56.97) took second and third, respectively.

Wakeley clocked 2:06.20 for victory in the 200 fly. Grubbs followed in third place, in 2:09.10.

Babcock won the 50 free, touching the wall in 23.97. Classmates Cori Gary and Chloe Thomas came in second and third in a close race, at 24.01 and 24.02, respectively.

Another 1-2-3 Liberty showing ensued, during the 100 free, as Hough earned her second victory of the night by swimming 51.02. Gary clocked 51.865 for second and Babcock's 52.65 placed third.

Duff and Tschoke claimed the top two spots in that order for the 200 back. Duff won in 2:01.23, and Tschoke swam 2:02.75.

Grubbs later registered a 57.88 to earn first place in the 100 fly, while Hart took second in 58.40.

After the meet was decided, Liberty swam the last two events as exhibitions. During the 400 individual medley, Duff swam the fastest time among all competitors, 4:29.85. Freshman Sarah Browning's 4:34.43 was third fastest.

The Lady Flames' 400 free relay time of 3:29.46 was the best in the pool on Friday, with Pond, Rooker, Gary and Hough all contributing.

Harrison, the 2014 Pac-12 champion at 1,650 freestyle, won both the 1,000 and 500 free on Friday. Wakeley (10:26.42) and Browning (10:30.42) took second and third in the 1,000, while McCorkel (5:04.19) and freshman Rachel Hoeve (5:09.76) went 2-3 in the 500 free.

Liberty sophomore Morgan Noonan placed third in both the 100 and 200 breastroke, in times of 1:05.86 and 2:21.52, respectively.

Liberty will return to Virginia to compete in the Virginia Tech Sprint Classic next Saturday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. The Lady Flames will face Virginia Tech, Penn State, James Madison and Old Dominion at the event.