Clockwise from top left: Kendall Hough, Natalie Beale, Victoria Tschoke and Alicia Finnigan were all named CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans
Four members of the Liberty swimming & diving team have been named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Individual Scholar All-Americans.
Liberty's four Scholar All-Americans included seniors Natalie Beale and Kendall Hough, junior Victoria Tschoke and freshman Alicia Finnigan. All four swimmers received honorable mention. This marks the fourth year in a row that Liberty has placed exactly four athletes among the ranks of CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans.
The Individual Scholar All-America award is given to college swimmers and divers who have earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, and have qualified for and competed at the national championship. Honorable mention is given to college swimmers and divers with a 3.5 GPA or higher who attained a "B" standard but were not invited to the national championship.
Hough, a youth ministry major from Woodbridge, Va., is the second athlete in program history to earn three straight Scholar All-America awards (Meghan Babcock, 2013-15). For the second year in a row, she earned podium finishes in the CCSA 50 free (2rd), 100 free (3rd) and 100 back (3nd). She set a program record with a B cut 49.06 in the 100 free, while also meeting B standards in the 50 free (22.67) and 100 back (54.11).
An exercise science major from Apex, N.C., Tschoke earns Scholar All-America honors for the second straight year. She earned her first career CCSA podium finish this season, placing second in the 200 back after qualifying in NCAA B cut, lifetime-best 1:57.88. Tschoke also earned a B cut in the 100 back during CCSA qualifying with a lifetime-best 54.75. She placed fifth in the 100 back A final, in 54.80.
Beale, hailing from Baltimore, Md., majored in exercise science. She held a 4.0 GPA throughout four years of college, earning the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence. Additionally, she was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large second team. She set a program record while placing second in the 200 freestyle at the CCSA Championships in NCAA B cut time of 1:47.97.
A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Finnigan is pursuing a double major in kinesiology and business communications. She had a standout freshman season, finishing second in the 200 fly at the CCSA Championships in a lifetime-best and NCAA B cut 1:59.53. Finningan also made the conference A final in both the 100 fly (fifth place) and 500 free (seventh). She is the second Liberty freshman all-time to earn Scholar All-America distinction, joining Laura Day (2013).
Earlier this month, Liberty earned the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team award for the 10th semester in a row, as the Lady Flames recorded a 3.33 team GPA during the spring 2016 semester.
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