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Lady Flames Go 2-2 at Virginia Tech Challenge

October 18, 2014  Christiansburg, Va.  RSS
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Morgan Noonan placed third in the 200 breaststroke on Saturday at Virginia Tech.

Morgan Noonan placed third in the 200 breaststroke on Saturday at Virginia Tech.

Liberty completed a successful day against a tough field at the Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving Challenge, Saturday at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

The Lady Flames defeated 2014 CAA runner-up James Madison (194-155) and Old Dominion (231-118). Liberty fell to Penn State of the Big Ten, 270-74, and the ACC's Virginia Tech Hokies, 246-103.

Saturday's program featured a slightly different schedule than normal, with 50-yard races of each stroke and a 100 individual medley.

Junior Kendall Hough placed second in the 50 free with a 23.40 clocking, as Penn State's Carolyn Fittin swam 23.37 for first. Liberty senior Meghan Babcock took ninth, in 24.18.

Hough added a second-place finish by swimming 50 backstroke in 26.31, while sophomore Victoria Tschoke followed in 11th place, at 27.50.

Sophomore Heather McCorkel earned third in 200 free with her 1:51.08, while freshman Ashlee Sall placed 12th, in 1:55.35.

Hough touched the wall in 51.78 for 100 free, good for third place, while senior Cori Gary's 53.00 placed 10th.

Lady Flames sophomore Morgan Noonan claimed third in the 200 breaststroke, swimming 2:21.14. Freshman Prudence Rooker went 2:26.33 for eighth.

McCorkel took fourth place in the 500 free, in 5:01.90, while freshman Sarah Browning (5:14.00) was 11th.

Rooker pocketed a pair of fourth-place finishes, beginning with a 29.88 swim in the 50 breaststroke. Noonan clocked 31.36 for 11th position.

Rooker completed the 100 IM in 59.30, good for fourth. Junior Ranndi Grubbs placed eighth in 1:00.94, while Tschoke (1:01.13) took 11th.

The Lady Flames placed third in the 200 free relay, with the quartet of Hough, senior Chloe Thomas, Gary and Babcock going 1:34.95.

Liberty's 400 free relay of Hough, Babcock, Rooker and McCorkel went 3:28.40, good for third.

Duff, Noonan, Grubbs and Gary took fourth in the 400 medley relay, in 3:58.09.

The 200 medley relay team of Tschoke, Rooker, freshman Kendall Hart and Babcock took fourth place in 1:46.15.

Hart posted a sixth-place finish in the 50 fly with her time of 25.97. Grubbs (26.57) and freshman Danielle Boothe (26.91) took eighth and 12th, respectively.

Tschoke (2:05.35) and senior Emily Duff (2:05.89) earned eighth and ninth in the 200 back.

Junior Hannah Wakeley clocked 2:08.53 in the 200 fly, taking ninth place. Grubbs was the next finisher, in 2:09.85.

Duff came up with a ninth-place 400 IM finish in 4:37.16. Browning followed in 10th place, at 4:38.54.

Wakeley (10:36) earned 11th in the 1,000 free, while Browning's 10:37.96 gave her the 12th spot.

The Lady Flames will next host Richmond on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m., in Liberty's lone home meet of the 2014-15 swimming & diving schedule.