The Liberty swimming & diving team will close out its 2014-15 dual-meet schedule this weekend at UNCW's Seahawk Natatorium in Wilmington, N.C. The Lady Flames (8-4, 2-1 CCSA) will compete in a tri meet on Friday at 6 p.m. before contesting a quad meet hosted by UNCW, Saturday at 2 p.m.
This weekend's meets will be scored as a series of dual meets. On Friday, the Lady Flames will face UNCW (1-12, 0-3 CAA) and Georgia Southern (6-2, 4-0 CCSA), while College of Charleston (1-6) will join the group for Saturday's quad meet.
Friday's meet will be a relays-only contest, with eight relay races being held. On Saturday, the teams will contest a normal 16-event format starting with the 200 medley relay and ending with the 400 free relay.
The Lady Flames hold a 4-2 all-time record against Georgia Southern, winning the last four head-to-head matchups. Liberty defeated the Eagles, 220-129, during last year's Davidson Duals. The Lady Flames will meet UNCW and College of Charleston in dual-meet action for the first time. College of Charleston was an original member of the CCSA in 2008, before joining the CAA prior to the 2013-14 season.
Liberty has posted an 8-4 overall record, including 2-1 against CCSA opposition. Liberty posted a win over a Pac-12 team for the first time in program history, downing Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on Oct. 10. The Lady Flames were ranked No. 47 in the first CollegeSwimming.com Power Rankings this season, marking the third year in a row that the Lady Flames have appeared in the season's first national rankings.
In its last meet, Liberty competed at James Madison on Jan. 17, falling to the 2014 CAA runner-up Dukes, 212-139. The Lady Flames posted seven event victories, and broke the Savage Natatorium pool record in the 200 free relay (1:35.03).
Senior Meghan Babcock (50 free), freshman Kendall Hart (100 fly), junior Kendall Hough (100 free), freshman Prudence Rooker (200 individual medley), sophomore Victoria Tschoke (200 back) and junior Kristin VanDeventer (1,000 free) all posted one individual event win apiece at JMU.
For her efforts at James Madison, Babcock was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week, the second weekly honor of her career. Babcock is the third Lady Flame to be named CCSA Swimmer of the Week this season, joining junior Kendall Hough (Oct. 14) and freshman Prudence Rooker (Nov. 4).
Hough has posted the Lady Flames' top times in the 50 free (23.40), 100 free (51.02) and 100 back (56.34) so far this season. She has earned six individual event victories on the campaign. She currently ranks third in the CCSA in the 100 free, fourth in the 100 back and sixth for the 50 free.
Rooker has made an immediate impact for the Lady Flames. She has won the 200 individual medley each of the last three times she contested it in a dual meet. Rooker is currently eighth in the conference in the 200 IM (2:05.96), while also holding Liberty's top 100 breaststroke time (1:05.51) this season.
Sophomore Heather McCorkel holds the second-fastest CCSA 200 free time this season, at 1:50.22, while sitting in sixth for 500 free, at 5:01.90. McCorkel is Liberty's 200 and 500 free record holder.
Junior Hannah Wakeley was victorious in the 1,000 free and 200 fly on Oct. 31 against Richmond. She won the 1,000 free in a pool-best time of 10:26.18. Wakeley ranks fifth in CCSA standings in the both the 1,000 free and 1,650 free (17:03.76).
Senior Emily Duff placed second in both the 100 back (57.52) and 200 back (2:03.01) at the FGCU Quad Meet. She boasts the third-best 200 back (2:01.23) time in the CCSA this year, while ranking sixth in the 400 individual medley (4:29.85) and seventh in the 100 back (56.74).
Sophomore Morgan Noonan is ranked eighth in the CCSA with a 200 breaststroke time of 2:21.14. Hart has led the way for Liberty in the 100 fly this season, rated sixth in the CCSA with a season-best 56.92.
VanDeventer, the program's record holder at 1,000 and 1,650, has swum the seventh-fastest 1,650 free in the CCSA this season, 17:14.08. Senior Cori Gary ranks eighth in CCSA standings at 23.70 for the 50 free.
Current Lady Flames Holding Program Records 200 free – Heather McCorkel (1:49.07 – 2/21/14) 500 free – Heather McCorkel (4:48.87 – 2/20/14) 1000 free – Kristin VanDeventer (10:11.74 – 2/22/14) 1650 free – Kristin VanDeventer (16:55.28 – 2/22/14) 50 back – Kendall Hough (25.26 – L – 2/19/14) 200 back – Emily Duff (1:57.52 – 2/22/14) 400 IM – Emily Duff (4:20.89 – 2/21/14)
College of Charleston College of Charleston has gone 1-7 so far this season, with its only win coming against Savannah College of Art & Design on Jan. 17. The Cougars are in their second season in the CAA after being in the CCSA from 2007-13.
Jayme Groth leads the way for the Cougars, as she has posted the fifth best 100 fly time in the Colonial Athletic Association, at 55.76. Groth is sixth in the CAA in the 50 free (23.51) and seventh in the 100 free (51.84). Corinne Taylor tanks eighth in the league in the 200 fly, at 2:05.59. Groth (100 fly), along with Sarah Graif (50, 100 free), Taylor Hollingsworth (100 breaststroke) and Maly Taylor (200 fly) currently hold program records.
Georgia Southern Georgia Southern has finished in third place at each of the last three CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. The Eagles are 6-2, including 4-0 in CCSA dual meets so far this season.
Elaina Lanson is the reigning CCSA Swimmer of the Week, receiving the award on Tuesday. Lanson, the program record holder for 100 free (50.38), ranks fifth in the CCSA in the 50 free. Kylee Parsons holds program records in the 200 free and 500 free. Parsons ranks in the top eight in the CCSA for 100 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free. School record holders Megan Heller (100 fly) and Lauren Campbell (200 fly) are both rated seventh in the CCSA in their respective specialties.
UNCW UNCW will celebrate Senior Night this weekend, saying goodbye to nine seniors. The Seahawks are 1-12 in dual meets this season.
Chelsea Tomko is ranked second in the CAA in the 100 back (55.32), fifth in the 100 free (51.37) and seventh in the 50 free (23.52). Sara Smith appears second in the CAA's 200 fly (2:04.37) list. Jenson Engen holds UNCW's records in both the 100 breast and 200 breast, and ranks third in the CAA in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.00). Hannah Stephenson is the team's record holder in both the 100 back and 200 back. Danielle Binkauskas, the 1,000 free program record holder, is third in the CAA for 1,650 free, at 17:09.00. Thalia Harrison is ranked second in the 400 IM standings, at 4:28.20.
After this weekend's meets, Liberty will next compete in the 2015 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held Feb. 18-21 at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.
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