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Liberty in 4th Place After Day 1 at Rutgers Invitational

November 20, 2015  Piscataway, N.J.  RSS
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Prudence Rooker placed seventh in the 200 IM on Friday at Rutgers.

Prudence Rooker placed seventh in the 200 IM on Friday at Rutgers.

The Liberty swimming & diving team sits in fourth place following day one of the Rutgers Invitational, Friday at RU Aquatics Center.

The Lady Flames scored 257.5 points on day one, edging James Madison (257) by 0.5 points for fourth position. Navy leads the meet with 635.5 points, followed in the top three by host Rutgers with 415 and Northeastern with 331.

The meet features a similar event program as the 2016 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships. However, unlike the conference championships, the Rutgers Invitational allows for unlimited entries, leading to multiple relays and extra individuals scoring per school.

Prudence Rooker earned an A Final appearance in the 200 IM, swimming a season-best 2:05.34 in preliminary heats. She then took seventh with a time of 2:06.04 in evening finals. Victoria Tschoke swam 2:08.03 in the C Final, good for 20th place overall, while Morgan Noonan's 2:09.16 placed 26th. Anna Dickinson (42nd place – 2:12.99), Ranndi Grubbs (48th – 2:13.51), Ashley Mauzy (56th – 2:15.06) and Morgan Weigner (64th – 2:19.79) also competed in the 200 individual medley.

Kendall Hough clocked a season-best 23.55 in 50 free qualifying heat, before placing fourth in the A Final with a 23.75 clocking. Rachel Hoeve's season-best 23.80 earned her a B Final swim, as she placed 15th overall in finals with a time of 24.02. Chelsea Pond (35th – 24.49), Danielle Boothe (39th – 24.62), Ricki Lee Hodges (41st – 24.70), Shelby Black (52nd – 25.47) and Siani Null (58th – 25.97) all completed 50 free swims in morning prelims.

Kristin VanDeventer qualified for the 500 free B final with a season-best 5:01.14, before swimming 5:04.37 for 16th place overall at night. Alicia Finnigan swam a season-best 5:07.33 in morning qualifying, before placing 27th overall in finals after lowering her time to 5:03.17. Ashlee Sall finished 34th in 5:10.86, while Natalie Beale swam 5:11.70 for 39th place. Hannah Wakeley took 41st position in 5:12.15, while Dani Jordan (5:13.85) claimed 45th and Elizabeth Magnusson (5:21.99) finished 56th.

Liberty's 200 free relay of Rooker, Hough, Hoeve and Pond clocked 1:34.66, good for a fifth-place showing.

Brooke Fox and Madi Long placed 12th and 13th, respectively, in three-meter springboard diving. Fox scored 203.85 points in finals after totaling 194.25 in qualifying. Long's finals score of 190.50 was good for 13th.

The Lady Flames took ninth in the 400 medley relay, as Tschoke, Rooker, Finnigan and Hough recorded a time of 3:51.72.

The Lady Flames return to the RU Aquatics Center tomorrow, for day two of the Rutgers Invitational. Tomorrow's program opens at 10 a.m., with prelims of the 400 individual medley. Evening finals will begin at 6 p.m., and day two concludes with the 800 free relay finals.