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Lady Flames Close Out Fall Schedule With 7th-Place Finish at VT Invite

November 22, 2014  Christiansburg, Va.  RSS
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Junior Hannah Wakeley placed 12th with a time of 17:03.76 in the 1,650 freestyle on Saturday.

Junior Hannah Wakeley placed 12th with a time of 17:03.76 in the 1,650 freestyle on Saturday.

Liberty swimming & diving wrapped up its fall schedule on Saturday, posting a seventh-place finish at the three-day Virginia Tech Invitational at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

Host Virginia Tech led the meet from start to finish, winning with 1,333 points. Alabama followed in second with 821 points and fellow SEC team South Carolina placed third, at 611.5. Villanova (407) took fourth, while William & Mary (348.5) claimed fifth. Ohio finished in sixth with 270 points, while Liberty's 133 points were good for seventh.

This week's events a similar event format as the 2015 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. However, the Virginia Tech Invitational allows for unlimited entries for each team.

Junior Hannah Wakeley earned Liberty's best individual placing of the day, taking 12th place in the 1,650 free with a time of 17:03.76. Kristin VanDeventer, also a junior, went 17:14.08 for 16th place. Freshman Sarah Browning finished in 21st, at 17:23.37, while classmate Rachel Hoeve swam 18:36.92 for 27th position. Browning's 17:23.37 ranks third on Liberty's all-time list for 1,650 free.

The Lady Flames' 400 free relay of senior Meghan Babcock, freshman Prudence Rooker, junior Kendall Hough and freshman Chelsea Pond recorded an eighth-place finish with a 3:28.85 mark.

Freshman Prudence Rooker qualified for the C Final in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:22.63 preliminary clocking, before placing 20th overall with a season-best 2:22.04 in finals. Rooker's 200 breaststroke time is ranked fourth in program history. Freshman Rachel Wasko came in 26th, touching the wall in 2:28.71.

Senior Emily Duff claimed 24th overall for the 200 back with a C Final time of 2:06.74 after swimming 2:04.63 in qualifying heats. Browning earned 43rd place by clocking 2:11.02, while sophomore Victoria Tschoke trailed Browning by one place, at 2:11.61. Junior Natalie Beale placed 45th, in 2:12.13, followed by senior Jennifer Garzinski (2:17.42 – 47th) and Hoeve (2:18.77 – 48th).

Rooker registered a 52.89 in the 100 free, good for 27th, while junior Kendall Hough followed one spot behind Rooker, in 52.92. Babcock placed 30th, in 52.99, while freshmen Chelsea Pond (53.31) and Ashlee Sall (53.71) took 35th and 41st, respectively. Freshman Rachel Wasko (54.11), senior Chloe Thomas (54.14) and senior Cori Gary (54.15) finished 45th through 47th, in that order.

Wakeley led Liberty's 200 fly contingent, coming in 33rd at 2:08.76. Junior Ranndi Grubbs (2:11.72) and freshman Kendall Hart (2:13.04) placed 39th and 40th, respectively. 

The Lady Flames have closed out the fall portion of their 2014-15 schedule. Liberty will send select student-athletes to compete in the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships, held Dec. 3-6 in Greensboro, N.C.