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Liberty Swimming & Diving Caps Regular Season With 3 Wins at Davidson

January 28, 2017  Davidson, N.C.  RSS
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Hannah Baker won her first collegiate individual event on Saturday.

Hannah Baker won her first collegiate individual event on Saturday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team closed out the 2016-17 regular-season schedule with three wins at this weekend's Davidson Duals, which wrapped up on Saturday at Davidson's Charles A. Cannon Pool.

In dual-meet scoring, Liberty downed Davidson (188-148), Georgia Southern (229-113) and Gardner-Webb (221-93). Davidson went 2-1 on the weekend, while Georgia Southern finished 1-2 and Gardner-Webb lost to all three opponents.

With the wins, Liberty is now 10-2 in dual-meet action this season, including 5-1 against CCSA opponents. This is Liberty's sixth winning season in a row, and fourth 10-win campaign in the last six years.

On Saturday, Liberty won five out of eight swimming events, giving the Lady Flames victories in 12 out of 17 events contested in the pool this weekend. Alicia Finnigan won three events at the meet, tying Davidson's Elise Lankiewicz for the most events won by an individual, while Liberty claimed all four relays.

Similarly to last night, Liberty opened Saturday morning with a relay win. Liberty's 400 medley relay of Brittany Weiss, Ricki Lee Hodges, Finnigan and Rachel Hoeve won in 3:55.97.

The Lady Flames went 1-2-3 in the 100 freestyle, as Hannah Baker picked up her first collegiate individual-event victory with a 52.69 effort. Chelsea Pond (53.35) and Colleen Donlin (53.92) followed in second and third, respectively.

Victoria Tschoke took first in the 200 backstroke, winning in 2:06.00 while beating the nearest competitor by 3.03 seconds.

Finnigan claimed the 400 individual medley in 4:28.02, with 2016 CCSA 400 IM champion London Schumacher coming in second at 4:31.55. Tschoke swam 4:42.43 for fifth place.

The Lady Flames won the meet-ending 200 free relay, as Baker, Hoeve, Weiss and Donlin clocked 1:36.30.

Lankiewicz, the two-time Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year, won the 500 free in 5:01.36. Liberty took three out of the next four spots, with Finnigan (5:03.60) coming in second, Delia Weber (5:07.26) taking third and Ashlee Sall (5:07.82) finishing fifth.

In the 200 breaststroke, Taylor Lynch finished fifth with a season-best 2:28.33. Hodges placed sixth, at 2:29.98.

Lankiewicz also claimed the 100 fly, swimming 56.96. Weiss touched the wall in 58.12, good for third place. 

The Lady Flames have finished the dual-meet portion of their schedule.  Liberty will next compete at the 2017 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held Feb. 15-18 at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.