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Liberty Sweeps Intermountain Shootout Field, 4-0

October 8, 2016  Grand Junction, Colo.  RSS
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Morgan Noonan

Morgan Noonan

The Liberty swimming & diving team defeated all four opponents at this weekend's Intermountain Shootout, with day two wrapping up on Saturday at Colorado Mesa's El Pomar Natatorium.

The Lady Flames defeated Utah (273-99), BYU (219-173), Air Force (250-142) and the host Colorado Mesa Mavericks (277-115). Liberty (5-0) has now beaten two Pac-12 opponents all-time, also downing Oregon State on Oct. 10, 2014. BYU went 3-1 this weekend, while Air Force posted a 2-2 record, Utah went 1-3 and Colorado Mesa dropped all four dual-meet decisions.

On Saturday, Liberty won six out of 10 swimming events, including four individual events and both relays. For the meet as a whole, the Lady Flames captured first place in nine individual events and won all three relays that were contested.

Prudence Rooker won both the 50 breaststroke and 200 IM on Saturday, giving her four event crowns at the Intermountain Shootout. Morgan Noonan claimed the 200 breaststroke, while Alicia Finnigan took first in the 200 fly. Noonan earned two event victories during the two-day meet, as did Brittany Weiss.

For the second day in a row, Liberty opened with a relay victory, as Rachel Hoeve, Chelsea Pond, Rooker and Hannah Baker won the 200 free relay in 1:34.31. That time, which won by more than two seconds, puts the quartet in sixth place on Liberty's all-time top performers list.

Finnigan outpaced the field to win the 200 fly in 2:06.47, followed in second by teammate Ashley Mauzy's collegiate-best 2:09.38.

Rooker then touched first in the 50 breaststroke, clocking 29.97. Hannah Baker came in fifth with a 31.11 performance.

Rooker later won the 200 IM in 2:07.31, beating BYU's Riley Merrill, who swam 2:07.88.

Noonan led a 1-2 showing in the 200 breaststroke with a winning time of 2:22.85. Rooker went 2:23.53 to earn second place.

BYU's Tiare Coker swam 51.96 for the 100 free victory. Liberty claimed the next four places, with Hoeve taking second in 52.62. Baker (52.82), Pond (52.88) and Colleen Donlin (53.10) finished third through fifth, in that order.

Coker later won the 100 fly in 56.56. Weiss clocked 57.84 for second, with Mauzy (57.99) and Finnigan (58.10) coming in third and fourth, respectively.

Tschoke was Liberty's highest finisher in the 200 back, finishing third overall in 2:04.89.

Delia Weber earned fifth place with a 5:09.55 in the 500 free, while Ashlee Sall placed eighth at 5:13.89.

Jenna Joyal  pocketed a 14th-place finish in three-meter diving. Joyal scored 143.25 points at the three-meter discipline.

Hoeve, Pond, Baker and Weiss closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay in 3:28.65. Their time was 3.53 seconds faster than second-place Air Force.         

The Lady Flames return to the Commonwealth of Virginia, where they will compete at 2016 CAA runner-up James Madison, next Saturday at 11 a.m. at Savage Natatorium.