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LFSN 2016-17 Swimming & Diving Season Preview

September 19, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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With Liberty's swimming & diving season opener around the corner, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to interview seventh-year Head Coach Jake Shellenberger.

The Lady Flames will open their regular-season dual meet schedule at Campbell on Oct. 1, kicking off their seventh year of competition. Liberty has finished as CCSA runner-up each of the last two seasons, and four times in program history, winning its first CCSA championship in 2014.

Despite losing three program record holders to graduation, this year's roster includes many standout returners, joined by a talented group of eight newcomers. Liberty returns 12 scorers from the 2016 CCSA Championships, while transfer Delia Weber scored top-eight finishes in two events at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championships while at Houston.

Liberty is scheduled to compete in LaHaye Aquatics Center for the last time on Jan. 20, taking on Campbell. Construction is continuing on a brand new, state-of-the-art Olympic-sized pool with a separate diving well, which is scheduled to be ready for the 2017-18 academic year.