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Liberty Posts 2-1 Record at FGCU Quad Meet

January 3, 2015  Fort Myers, Fla.  RSS
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Senior Meghan Babcock placed second in both the 50 free and 100 free at the FGCU Quad Meet on Saturday.

Senior Meghan Babcock placed second in both the 50 free and 100 free at the FGCU Quad Meet on Saturday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team opened the year 2015 by going 2-1 at the Florida Gulf Coast Quad Meet, held on Saturday at FGCU Aquatics Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

The defending CCSA champion Lady Flames downed conference foe Campbell, 196-65, while beating Central Connecticut State by a 195-98 final. The host FGCU Eagles, five-time CCSA champion and 2014 runner-up, went 3-0 on the day, including a 217-77 win over Liberty.

Following Saturday's action, the Lady Flames are now 8-3 in dual-meet action this season, including 2-1 against CCSA opponents. FGCU advances to 8-1, while Campbell holds a 4-8 record and CCSU is 4-4.

The Lady Flames placed second in both relays, while freshman Prudence Rooker won the 200 individual medley for Liberty's lone event victory on the day. The Lady Flames also recorded five second-place finishes in individual events.

Rooker touched the wall first in the 200 IM in a season-best 2:05.96. Rooker's time puts her fifth on the program's all-time top five list. Sophomore Victoria Tschoke came in fifth, at 2:11.63.

Senior Meghan Babcock pocketed a pair of second-place showings, beginning with the 50 free, where she swam 23.95. Classmate Cori Gary followed in fourth with a time of 24.02, while junior Kendall Hough (24.57) and senior Chloe Thomas (24.81) took sixth and eighth, respectively.

Babcock swam 52.81 to claim second in the 100 free. Gary placed fourth in 53.67, while freshman Rachel Hoeve clocked 53.85 for fifth and Hough's 54.22 was good for seventh position.

Senior Emily Duff finished as the 100 backstroke runner-up with her 57.52 clocking, while Tschoke placed fourth in 58.59. Hough went 59.50 for seventh.

Duff picked up another second-place finish in the 200 back, swimming 2:03.01. Tschoke's 2:07.14 was good for fourth place.

Freshman Kendall Hart took second for 100 fly with a 57.03 time. Junior Ranndi Grubbs came in fifth at 59.00, while freshman Danielle Boother swam a season-best 59.40 for seventh.

The Lady Flames' 200 medley relay of Duff, Rooker, Hart and Babcock claimed second place in 1:44.65.

Liberty's 200 free relay took second also, as the quartet of Hough, Thomas, Gary and Babcock went 1:35.87.

Junior Kristin VanDeventer claimed third place in both distance events, starting with a 10:28.82 clocking in the 1000 free. Junior Hannah Wakeley came in fifth at 10:40.41, while freshman Sarah Browning took sixth place in 10:41.58.

VanDeventer placed third in the 500 free with a season-best time of 5:06.69. Duff followed in sixth place, swimming 5:10.99 for a season best, and Browning's 5:15.40 was good for eighth.

Freshman Ashlee Sall swam 1:56.68 for 200 free, placing fourth, while Hoeve claimed fifth place in 1:56.95. Freshman Chelsea Pond's season-best 1:57.48 earned her eighth place.

Rooker finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.13, one spot ahead of Boothe's season-best swim of 1:07.95. Freshman Rachel Wasko came in seventh at 1:08.09.

Rooker later earned a fourth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke by swimming 2:24.26.

Wakeley (2:10.76) and Grubbs (2:10.93) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200 fly.

Liberty will next compete at James Madison on Jan. 17. The Lady Flames and Dukes will square off at noon at Savage Natatorium in Harrisonburg, Va.