The Liberty swimming & diving team took a 5-0 record into its meet at James Madison on Saturday. However, the host Dukes posted a 168.5-125.5 victory over the Lady Flames at the Savage Natatorium.
With the win, JMU opens its season at 1-0, while the Lady Flames are now 5-1 following the conclusion of the dual-meet portion of their fall schedule. James Madison takes a 3-2 lead in the all-time series with today's victory.
Liberty won seven individual events and both relay races. Brittany Weiss (100 back, 100 fly) and Prudence Rooker (100 breaststroke, 200 IM) both won two events, while Delia Weber (1,000 free), Alicia Finnigan (200 fly) and Rachel Hoeve (50 free) earned one win apiece for the Lady Flames.
The Lady Flames opened the meet by claiming the 200 medley relay, with the quartet of Victoria Tschoke, Rooker, Weiss and Hoeve clocking 1:45.23.
Weber swam 10:28.93 for the 1,000 free victory, while Dani Jordan finished fifth in 10:40.29.
Weiss out-touched JMU's Abby Orton for first place in the 100 back, as Weiss won by .01 in 57.57. Tschoke's 59.05 was good for fourth place.
In the 100 breaststroke, Rooker and Katie Parker tied for the victory, as both swimmers touched the wall in 1:05.38. Liberty's Ricki Lee Hodges took fourth place with a 1:07.80 effort.
Finnigan claimed the 200 fly, swimming 2:05.21, while Ashley Mauzy finished fifth in 2:14.81.
Hoeve picked up the 50 free victory, turning in a 23.65. Colleen Donlin (24.53) and Hannah Baker (24.55) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Weiss earned her second event win of the day, clocking 57.66 to take the 100 fly. Finnigan followed in third with a 58.33, while Shelby Black swam 59.23 for fifth position.
Rooker's second victory came in the 200 IM, as the junior won in 2:07.09.
The Lady Flames won the meet-ending 400 free relay in 3:28.58, with Weiss, Baker, Chelsea Pond and Hoeve combining for the winning time.
Parker won the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.95, with Rooker following closely behind in 2:22.16. Morgan Noonan earned third place with a 2:25.32.
Hoeve came in second in the 100 free, swimming 51.93 for runner-up honors. Baker clocked 53.27 for third, while Pond claimed fifth in 53.75.
Baker's 200 free time of 1:54.75 was good for third place.
Weber finished third in the 500 free after swimming 5:08.73, while Elizabeth Magnusson took fourth in 5:13.73.
JMU took the top three spots in the 200 back, while Liberty's Finnigan (2:07.00) and Tschoke (2:08.50) took fourth and fifth, respectively.
Liberty next competes in the Frank Elm Invite, hosted by Rutgers, Nov. 18-20 in Piscataway, N.J. This will be the Lady Flames' second year in a row attending the Frank Elm Invite.