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Lady Flames Lead After Day 1 at Intermountain Shootout

October 7, 2016  Grand Junction, Colo.  RSS
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Rachel Hoeve

Rachel Hoeve

The Liberty swimming & diving team leads the way after day one of the Intermountain Shootout, Friday at El Pomar Natatorium.

Liberty holds the advantage against all four of its opponents heading into tomorrow's second and final day. The Lady Flames lead Air Force (120-68), BYU (114-74), Utah (131-50) and the host Colorado Mesa Mavericks (135-53).

The Lady Flames earned victory in six out of 10 events contested on Friday evening, with five individual-event titles and one relay win.

Prudence Rooker won the 100 breaststroke and 100 individual medley, while Brittany Weiss claimed the 100 backstroke and 50 fly. Rachel Hoeve touched the wall first in the 50 free.

Liberty's 200 medley relay got the team off to a great start at the meet, as Victoria Tschoke, Rooker, Weiss and Hoeve clocked 1:44.41 for first place.

Rooker's first event win came in the 100 breaststroke, as her time of 1:04.68 won the race by nearly two seconds. Her teammates, Morgan Noonan (1:07.54) and Hannah Baker (1:07.85), took sixth and eight places, respectively.

Rooker later won the 100 IM in 57.73, while Weiss claimed second place in 58.65 and Taylor Lynch clocked 1:00.07 for fourth. The 100 IM times posted by Rooker and Weiss rank second and third in program history, in that order.

Weiss won back-to-back events, beginning with the 100 backstroke, where she edged out BYU's Lauren Taylor for the win, 57.23 to 57.50. Tschoke placed sixth overall, in 58.34.

Weiss followed up with a 50 fly victory, leading a 1-2-3 Liberty sweep in 25.80. Ashley Mauzy (26.19) and Shelby Black (26.38) claimed second and third, respectively

Hoeve led a strong showing in the 50 free, as her regular-season personal-best 23.40 outpaced the field. Colleen Donlin swam 24.08 for fourth, while Hannah Baker finished fifth in 24.20 and Chelsea Pond earned seventh place with a 24.39 effort.

Earlier in the meet, Baker took second to Air Force's Genevieve Miller, as Miller won in 1:52.22 and Baker went 1:53.10. Pond's 1:55.11 swim took fourth place, while Ashlee Sall swam 1:55.42 for sixth.

Alicia Finnigan earned a runner-up finish in the 400 IM, as her time of 4:30.18 places her third on the program's all-time top 10 list. Utah's Brianna Francis won in 4:29.85. Taylor Lynch finished in seventh place on Friday, stopping the clock in 4:41.98.

Delia Weber completed the 1,650 free in 17:45.20, good for fourth place, while Finnigan took fifth position in 17:50.04 and Sall placed seventh with an 18:02.47 clocking.

Jenna Joyal, competing in her first collegiate meet, scored 158.15 points in one-meter diving, finishing 13th overall. Brooke Fox came in 15th with 148.20 points.   

Tomorrow's action on day two at the Intermountain Shootout begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time with the 200 freestyle relay.