The Liberty swimming & diving program has experienced much success during its brief existence to date, as the Lady Flames are in the middle of their fifth season of competition. The team's current senior class of Meghan Babcock, Emily Duff, Cori Gary, Jennifer Garzinski and Chloe Thomas has played a key role in building the program into a perennial contender for success at the conference and national levels.
Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) recently caught up with Babcock, Duff, and two-time CCSA Coach of the Year, fifth-year head coach Jake Shellenberger. This feature, which originally appeared on the LFSN TV show Game On, focuses on the quick growth of the swimming & diving program, and the impact that these current seniors have had on the team. Babcock and Duff both detail their journeys to Liberty, and how being a part of Liberty swimming & diving has helped improve them as athletes and as people.
Duff, hailing from Clayton, N.C., is a six-time conference medalist, who holds program records in the 200 back and 400 individual medley. Babcock, a Pfafftown, N.C., native, anchored Liberty's conference-record 200 medley relay team in 2014, and swam on the first relay team in conference history to compete at the NCAA Championships. Both Babcock (50 free) and Duff (200 back) have swum individual NCAA B cuts during their careers.
The Lady Flames are off to a 6-2 start during the 2014-15 season, and will open the 2015 portion of the schedule on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., at the FGCU Quad Meet. While in Fort Myers, Liberty will face off against Florida Gulf Coast in matchup of the top two teams in the CCSA.
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