Liberty will host conference dual meets on three straight days this weekend, as the Lady Flames welcome Campbell to the LaHaye Aquatics Center on Friday before hosting UNC Asheville, Saturday and Sunday.
As the Lady Flames continue to prepare for this weekend, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce caught up with Head Coach Jake Shellenberger for an interview. Friday's meet between Liberty (6-5, 3-1 CCSA) and Campbell (5-4, 4-2) will begin at 5 p.m. The Lady Flames will take on UNC Asheville (2-2, 2-2) in a two-day dual meet, Saturday and Sunday. Day one of the Liberty-UNC Asheville meet begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, while the contest wraps up on Sunday at noon.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Fans unable to attend this weekend's meets can follow the live results on their mobile devices through the MeetMobile app.
Liberty holds a 6-2 all-time record in home meets, as the team has won each of its last five meets at the LaHaye Aquatics Center.
The Lady Flames hosted Campbell in the program's first-ever dual meet, Oct. 2, 2010 at LaHaye Aquatics Center. Liberty leads the all-time series, 6-2, after a 171-120 win at Campbell on Sept. 26, 2015 extended its series winning streak to six over the Camels. UNC Asheville will meet Liberty in dual-meet action for the first time on Saturday.
Prior to the Liberty-Campbell contest on Friday, Liberty will honor its seven swimming & diving seniors, Natalie Beale, Courtney Fox, Ranndi Grubbs, Kendall Hough, Madi Long, Kristin VanDeventer and Hannah Wakeley. During the last four years, the Lady Flames have posted a 42-15 record, while capturing the team's first-ever CCSA championship in 2014.
Fans will need to enter the LaHaye Student Center through the right rotunda. Signs will guide spectators to the entrance of the LaHaye Aquatics Center. Admission is free of charge. Due to limited space at the facility, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be monitored through a wristband system.
The Lady Flames have received national recognition this season. Liberty earned its highest national rankings to date, listed 26th in the CollegeSwimming.com Team Rankings and No. 4 in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings on Oct. 6. The team posted a win over a Big 12 team for the first time in program history, defeating TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 9.
In the team's last meet, Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., Liberty posted a 1-2 record. The Lady Flames defeated Central Connecticut while falling to nationally-ranked NC State and Florida Gulf Coast.
Earlier this season, Liberty's divers combined to earn three straight CCSA Diver of the Week honors. Courtney Fox set a new program record in three-meter diving (222.25) at James Madison on Oct. 17, earning her first-ever CCSA Women's Diver of the Week honor. Fox's sister, Brooke Fox, was named CCSA Diver of the Week on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. Brooke Fox, a freshman, holds Liberty's one-meter diving record, 236.93, which she set at TCU on Oct. 9.
In the latest CCSA listing, Brooke Fox ranks fifth in one-meter diving and eighth in three-meter diving. Courtney Fox is ranked sixth in both one-meter and three-meter springboard.
Kendall Hough was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 20, her second career weekly honor. She currently ranks fifth in CCSA in the 50 free (23.55) and sixth in the 100 back (56.61). Hough holds Liberty's program records in the 50 back (24.97) and 100 back (53.98), set at the 2015 CCSA Championships. She has posted six event wins this season.
Kristin VanDeventer has won the 1000 free on three occasions this season. She swam a season-best 10:26.08 at James Madison, a time that is ranked fourth on the current CCSA performance list. Her lifetime-best 16:54.95 in the 1650 free at the 2015 Rutgers Invitational is ranked third in the CCSA this year and second in program history.
Alicia Finnigan has made an immediate impact as a freshman. Her 200 fly time of 2:03.93 on Oct. 10 is ranked fourth in program history, and fifth in the CCSA for 2015-16. She also holds the eighth best 100 fly (56.66) time in the conference this season.
Prudence Rooker leads the team with seven individual event victories so far this season. She won the 100 IM in 57.76 at TCU, the third fastest 100 IM time in the CCSA this year and second best in program history. She ranks eighth in the conference in the 200 IM (2:05.34).
Victoria Tschoke has posted the fifth fastest 200 back time in the CCSA this season, at 2:02.81. She has picked up three 200 back victories so far, including in the Lady Flames' last dual meet, at James Madison.
Current Lady Flames with Program Records 1000 Free – Hannah Wakeley (10:06.55; 2/21/15) 1,650 Free – Hannah Wakeley (16:45.43; 2/21/15) 50 Back – Kendall Hough (24.97 – L; 2/18/15) 100 Back – Kendall Hough (53.98; 2/20/15) 1-Meter Diving – Brooke Fox (236.93; 10/9/15) 3-Meter Diving – Courtney Fox (222.25; 10/17/15)
Campbell Campbell holds a 5-4 dual-meet record so far this season, including 4-2 against CCSA opponents. The Camels will be competing for the first time in almost two months, as they finished ninth at the Georgia Tech Invitational, Nov. 19-21. Campbell earned a sixth-place finish at the 2015 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, a meet that saw the Camels set four program records.
Michelle Case set Campbell's program records in the 50 free (23.61) and 100 free (51.20) at the 2015 Georgia Tech Invitational. She has the sixth fastest 50 free time in the CCSA, and is tied for sixth in the 100 free. Karah Sizemore ranks sixth in the conference for 200 back (2:03.27) and seventh in the 400 IM (4:29.25). Program record holder Caroline Clark has the CCSA's fifth fastest 100 fly time, 56.37 while ranking seventh for 200 fly (2:04.51). Lily Tang placed fifth in the 200 back and seventh in the 100 back at the 2015 CCSA Championships.
UNC Asheville In their fourth year as a program, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs have gone 2-2 this season, with wins over CCSA foes VMI and North Florida. The Bulldogs most recently lost to Georgia Southern, 170-89, Saturday at the Justice Center Pool. The team posted its best-ever finish at the CCSA Championships in 2015, placing seventh overall while setting 15 team records.
Galen Broido, the 2013 CCSA 1,650 freestyle runner-up as a freshman, is ranked sixth in the conference for 1,650 free this year, at 17:13.96. Emily Werth's 2:04.25 in the 200 back ranks seventh on the CCSA top 24 list. Morgan Rulevich (1:01.17) is rated eighth for 100 IM and 10th in the 100 free (51.62). Current UNC Asheville swimmers hold all of the program records except for the 50 free.
After this week's three-meet homestand, Liberty returns to the road for its final dual-meet competition of the season. The Lady Flames will compete in a quad meet at former CCSA rival Davidson, next Friday and Saturday. While at Davidson, Liberty will take on the host Wildcats, along with CCSA foes Gardner-Webb and Georgia Southern.
Order of Events Liberty vs. Campbell Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 – 5 p.m. LaHaye Aquatics Center 1. 200 Medley Relay 2. 1000 Freestyle 3. 100 Individual Medley 4. 200 Freestyle 5. 100 Backstroke 6. 100 Breaststroke 7. 200 Butterfly 8. 50 Freestyle Break 9. 100 Freestyle 10. 200 Backstroke 11. 200 Breaststroke 12. 500 Freestyle 13. 100 Butterfly Break 14. 200 Individual Medley 15. 400 Freestyle Relay
Liberty vs. UNC Asheville Day One – Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 – 5 p.m. LaHaye Aquatics Center 1. 400 Medley Relay 2. 500 Freestyle 3. 100 Freestyle 4. 200 Backstroke 5. 200 Breaststroke 6. 100 Butterfly 7. 400 Individual Medley 8. 200 Freestyle Relay
Liberty vs. UNC Asheville Day Two – Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 - Noon LaHaye Aquatics Center 1. 200 Medley Relay 2. 1,650 Freestyle 3. 200 Freestyle 4. 100 Backstroke 5. 100 Breaststroke 6. 200 Butterfly 7. 50 Freestyle 8. 200 Individual Medley 9. 400 Freestyle Relay
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