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Lady Flames Set for 2017 CCSA Championships

February 14, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames Set for 2017 CCSA Championships

The Liberty swimming & diving team will look to contend for a conference title at the 2017 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Swimming & Diving Championships, held Wednesday through Saturday at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

The Lady Flames won their first CCSA title in 2014, and have finished as conference runner-up four times (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016).

For the fourth year in a row, the CCSA meet will follow a four-day format. On Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., finals of the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay will be held. Individual events will begin on Thursday morning with preliminary heats at 10 a.m.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live results will be available for all events at the 2017 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. Also, live video streaming will be available, free of charge, through the Big South Network. Fans can receive Twitter updates by following @LibertyFlames and @LUGameday.

The CCSA, which now also sponsors beach volleyball, is comprised of 10 teams for women's swimming & diving and has eight men's swimming & diving teams.

On the women's side, CCSA schools represent the Big South (Campbell, Gardner-Webb, Liberty, UNC Asheville), Atlantic Sun (Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida), MEAC (Howard), Sun Belt (Georgia Southern), Southland (Incarnate Word) and Southern Conference (VMI).

Florida Gulf Coast won its second CCSA title in a row in 2016, and seventh in the last eight years, scoring a conference meet-record 1,670 points. Liberty totaled a program-record 1,358 points, posting its fourth second-place finish in the last five years. Judging from the CCSA top times lists this season, it appears that FGCU and Liberty should battle it out for first place once again.

Current Lady Flames Morgan Noonan and Victoria Tschoke competed on the 2014 CCSA championship team.

For the 2016 CCSA Championships as a whole, Liberty registered 16 podium finishes (11 individual, five relay), three program records and nine NCAA B cuts. Liberty's nine B cuts tied a program record.

Seventh-year Head Coach Jake Shellenberger is a two-time CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, receiving the award in 2012 and 2014. He has posted a 73-28 dual-meet record, leading the Lady Flames since the beginning of the program.

The Lady Flames' current roster features four past CCSA medalists. Alicia Finnigan, Rachel Hoeve, Prudence Rooker and Victoria Tschoke all recorded top-three finishes last year.

Liberty swimmers have posted four victories over 2016 CCSA individual event champions during dual meets this season. Prudence Rooker defeated defending conference 100 breaststroke winner Evita Leter of Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 7, while Rachel Hoeve downed 2016 50 free titlist Katie Latham of FGCU the same day. Alicia Finnigan holds wins over defending champions in FGCU's Christina Kaas Elmgreen (200 fly) and Gardner-Webb's London Schumacher (400 IM) this year.

Hoeve has won the 50 free all six times that she has contested it in dual meets in 2016-17. She posted a season-best 23.40 at the Intermountain Shootout on Oct. 7. Hoeve clocked a regular-season best time of 51.76 for 100 free at the Frank Elm Invite in November. She earned her first career CCSA podium finish in 2016, placing third in 22.99.

Coming off of an appearance at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Alicia Finnigan has had a standout year for the Lady Flames. She has recorded 12 individual-event victories this season, in six different race types. Finnigan earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention in 2016. She placed second in the 200 fly at the conference meet in 1:59.53.

Prudence Rooker claimed two podium finishes at the 2016 CCSA Championships. She placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.09) while finishing third in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.79). She is ranked second in program history in three events. This year, she finished with 11 victories. Rooker's 2:17.91 is ranked first in the CCSA in 2016-17.

Freshman Brittany Weiss swam 55.89 in the 100 back against Campbell on Jan. 20 was the fastest regular-season time ever by a Lady Flame in the event. Weiss also won the 100 fly versus the Camels in 57.62. The freshman has won the 100 backstroke all five times she has contested it in dual meets this season.

Sophomore Delia Weber has had a strong start for the Lady Flames after spending the 2015-16 campaign at Houston. She placed in the top five at the AAC Championships in the 500 free and 1,650 free as a freshman. Weber had a strong meet at the Frank Elm Invite in November, breaking program records in the 1000 freestyle (10:04.44) and 1650 freestyle (16:43.69).

Senior Victoria Tschoke, a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention, picked up her first career CCSA podium finish in 2016. She placed second in the 200 back. Tschoke has placed top eight in all nine of her individual entries all-time at the CCSA meet.

A total of 12 returnees scored points at the 2016 CCSA Championships. Among Liberty's returnees, Alicia Finnigan (200 fly, 500 free, 100 fly), Brooke Fox (one-meter and three-meter diving), Ricki Lee Hodges (50 free), Rachel Hoeve (50 free, 100 free), Morgan Noonan (200 breaststroke) and Victoria Tschoke (100 back, 200 back, 200 IM) all posted top-eight finishes last season.

2016-17 Lady Flames' CCSA Honors
Jenna Joyal – CCSA Women's Diver of the Week (Oct. 11)
Alicia Finnigan – CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week (Jan. 10)

Current Lady Flames with Program Records
1,000 Free – Delia Weber (10:04.44; 11/20/16)
1,650 Free – Delia Weber (16:43.69; 11/20/16)

Top Times
Liberty holds the top time in the CCSA in the following races:
1,650 Free – Delia Weber (16:43.69)
200 Breaststroke – Prudence Rooker (2:17.91)

As was the case last year, many records and lifetime-best times should be expected, as the team has aimed to peak at the conference championships.

An event-by-event preview of individual events follows. Please note that the entries listed are those which appear on the pre-scratch psych sheet, and are subject to change.

2017 CCSA Championships
February 15-18
Gabrielsen Natatorium
Athens, Ga.

Schedule of Events
Day 1 – Finals (6 p.m.)
200-yard Medley Relay "B" & "A"
Three-meter Diving (Women)
800-yard Freestyle Relay "B" & "A"

Day 2 – Trials (10 a.m.)
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
20-minute intermission
200-yard Freestyle Relay "B"

Day 2 – Finals (6 p.m.)
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle Relay "A"

Day 3 – Trials (10 a.m.)
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
20-minute intermission
400-yard Medley Relay "B"
One-meter Diving (1 p.m. Women)

Day 3 – Finals (6 p.m.)
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
One-meter Diving (Women)
400-yard Medley Relay "A"

Day 4 – Trials (10 a.m.)
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
20-minute intermission
400-yard Freestyle Relay "B"
1,650-yard Freestyle-All but last heat of time finals

Day 4 – Finals (6 p.m.)
1,650-yard Freestyle-Last heat of time finals
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
400-yard Freestyle Relay "A"

Scoring
For the second consecutive year, there will be three scored finals (A, B & C) of each individual event at the women's CCSA Championship, with 24 individuals scoring.

Individual events will be scored as follows: 32-28-27-26-25-24-23-22-20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Relay events will be scored as follows: 64-56-54-52-50-48-46-44-40-34-32-30-28-26-24-22-18-14-12-10-8-6-4-2

Day 2 – Feb. 16, 2017
500-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Lani Cabrera (Florida Gulf Coast) – 4:47.53
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Linda Shaw (Florida Gulf Coast) (2nd place)
Championship Meet Record: Lani Cabrera (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/18/2016 – 4:47.53
Conference Record: Lani Cabrera (Florida Gulf Coast), 11/19/2015 – 4:47.43
2016-17 Leader: Linda Shaw (Florida Gulf Coast) – 4:50.45
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Delia Weber – 5:00.89 (8th)
Liberty Entrants: Delia Weber, Alicia Finnigan, Morgan Noonan, Ashlee Sall, Dani Jordan, Elizabeth Magnusson, Shelby Black, Caroline Allen, Morgan Weigner

Outlook: Two-time defending champion Lani Cabrera of FGCU has graduated, after posting conference (4:47.43) and championship meet (4:47.53) records last season. Florida Gulf Coast has the top three times entering the CCSA Championships, led by 2016 runner-up Linda Shaw (4:50.45). FGCU's Liz Zeiger (4:54.72) and Georgiana Gardner (4:55.57) are seeded second and third, while Lauren Oglesby of Gardner-Webb is fourth at 4:57.71. Liberty's Alicia Finnigan swam 5:01.76 in the 2016-17 regular season after finishing seventh at last year's meet, while Delia Weber of Liberty has swum 5:00.89 this season. Weber placed fifth in the 500 free at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 4:54.50 while competing for Houston.

200-yard Individual Medley
Defending Champion:
Fanny Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:58.29
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Teijonsalo (FGCU) (Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Fanny Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/18/2016 – 1:58.29
Conference Record: Fanny Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/18/2016 – 1:58.29
2016-17 Leader: Barbara Caraballo (Florida Gulf Coast) – 2:00.07
Liberty Event Titles (Last): One (Emilie Kaufman – 2014)
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Prudence Rooker – 2:04.87 (8th)
Liberty Entrants: Prudence Rooker, Taylor Lynch, Victoria Tschoke

Outlook: Florida Gulf Coast sophomore Fanny Teijonsalo returns as the defending champion, after winning in conference, meet-record and NCAA B cut time of 1:58.29 in 2016. Incarnate Word junior Alona Kyselova, the 2015 champion, is seeded fourth at 2:03.06 after finishing ninth last year. FGCU's Barbara Caraballo leads the CCSA with an NCAA B cut time 2:00.07 this season, while her teammates Christina Kaas Elmgreen (2:00.33) and Teijonsalo (2:01.49) follow in second and third, also in B cut time. Seven out of eight of last year's 200 IM A finalists are back this season. Prudence Rooker of Liberty has finished sixth in the 200 IM in each of the last two CCSA Championships, while Victoria Tschoke placed fourth in 2015.

50-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Katie Latham (Florida Gulf Coast) – 22.64
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Latham (Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/19/2015 – 21.98
Conference Record: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/19/2015 – 21.98
2016-17 Leader: Katie Latham (Florida Gulf Coast) – 22.57
Liberty Event Titles (Last): One (Brye Ravettine – 2012)
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Rachel Hoeve – 23.40 (5th)
Liberty Entrants: Rachel Hoeve, Hannah Baker, Colleen Donlin, Ricki Lee Hodges, Chelsea Pond, Danielle Boothe, Ashley Mauzy, Corrilynn Lynch, Siani Null, Rachel Rippey

Outlook: Katie Latham of FGCU won the 50 free in 22.64 as a freshman last year, and the sophomore has swum a conference-best 22.57 in 2016-17. The Eagles have the top four times entering the CCSA meet, including Fanny Teijonsalo (NCAA B cut 22.81), Gracie Redding (23.13) and Hannah Burdge (23.22). Liberty's Rachel Hoeve, last year's third-place finisher, is seeded fifth at 23.40. Hoeve defeated Latham in a head-to-head 50 at FGCU on Jan. 7. Teammate Ricki Lee Hodges earned eighth place in the CCSA 50 free in 2016.

Day 3 – Feb. 19, 2016
400-yard Individual Medley
Defending Champion:
London Schumacher (Gardner-Webb) – 4:15.38
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Schumacher (Gardner-Webb) (Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Alona Kyselova (Incarnate Word), 2/20/2015 – 4:13.15
Conference Record: Alona Kyselova (Incarnate Word), 2/20/2015 – 4:13.15
2016-17 Leader: Liz Zeiger (Florida Gulf Coast) – 4:18.28
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Taylor Lynch – 4:38.30
Liberty Entrant: Taylor Lynch

Outlook: The last two CCSA champions in the 400 IM return. Last year, London Schumacher of Gardner-Webb won in 4:15.38. Conference and meet record holder Alona Kyselova of Incarnate Word earned victory in 2015. FGCU's Liz Zeiger leads the CCSA this year, at 4:18.28, followed by Schumacher at 4:18.36. Barbara Caraballo of FGCU is ranked third (4:21.25), while Kyselova is fourth at 4:23.82. Schumacher and Kyselova will be vying to become the first CCSA athletes ever to win multiple 400 IM conference titles.

100-yard Butterfly
Defending Champion:
Fanny Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast) – 52.47
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast) (Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Jess Reinhardt (Liberty), 2/21/14 – 52.14
Conference Record: Jess Reinhardt (Liberty), 3/21/14 – 51.72
2016-17 Leader: Christina Kaas Elmgreen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 53.83
Liberty Event Titles (Last): Three (all in a row) (Jess Reinhardt – 2014)
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Brittany Weiss – 56.72 (13th)
Liberty Entrants: Brittany Weiss, Ashley Mauzy, Alicia Finnigan, Shelby Black

Outlook: FGCU has the top four times in the 100 fly this season, led by Christina Kaas Elmgreen's 53.83. Last year's winner, Fanny Teijonsalo, is seeded second in NCAA B cut 53.85, followed by teammates Gracie Redding (54.54) and Kiley Eble (55.01). Six out of last year's eight A finalists return this season. Liberty's Alicia Finnigan finished third at the 2016 CCSA Championships, while Brittany Weiss has Liberty's top seed time at 56.72.

200-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Elise Haan (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:46.20
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Linda Shaw (Florida Gulf Coast) (3rd place)
Championship Meet Record: Elise Haan (Florida Gulf Coast), 219/2016 – 1:46.20
Conference Record: Elise Haan (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/19/2016 – 1:46.20
2016-17 Leader: Linda Shaw (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:49.66
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Hannah Baker – 1:53.10 (9th)
Liberty Entrants: Hannah Baker, Chelsea Pond, Elizabeth Magnusson, Ashlee Sall, Morgan Noonan, Delia Weber, Shelby Black, Colleen Donlin, Corrilynn Lynch

Outlook: A new 200 free champion will be crowned after the departure of FGCU's Elise Haan, who won in conference-record 1:46.20 last year. Linda Shaw of FGCU, last year's third-place finisher, has the fastest time in 2016-17 at 1:49.66. FGCU's Hannah Burdge has posted a 1:50.21, while Lili Toth (Gardner-Webb) and Gracie Redding (FGCU) are tied at third with 1:51.67. Liberty's Chelsea Pond is the team's top returner in this event, placing eighth last year, while freshman Hannah Baker has Liberty's fastest time, 1:53.10.

100-yard Breaststroke
Defending Champion:
Evita Leter (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:01.10
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Leter (Florida Gulf Coast) (Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Emilie Kaufman (Liberty), 2/21/14 – 1:00.01
Conference Record: Emilie Kaufman (Liberty), 2/21/14 – 1:00.01
2016-17 Leader: Morgan Rulevich (UNC Asheville) – 1:03.06
Liberty Event Titles (Last): Two (in a row) (Emilie Kaufman – 2014)
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Prudence Rooker - 1:04.42 (7th)
Liberty Entrants: Prudence Rooker, Ricki Lee Hodges, Morgan Noonan, Morgan Weigner

Outlook: The 100 breaststroke and 400 IM are the two events that have had nine different champions in the history of the CCSA Championships. Evita Leter of Florida Gulf Coast is the defending champion, but will be challenged by several conference rivals, as each of the top five finishers from last year return. Liberty's Prudence Rooker, who finished fourth in 2015 and second last year, defeated Leter in a head-to-head race on Jan. 7. UNC Asheville's Morgan Rulevich, 2016's fourth-place finisher, has the top time this season at 1:03.06, followed by Leter's 1:03.22.

100-yard Backstroke
Defending Champion:
Elise Haan (Florida Gulf Coast) – 52.08
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Katie Latham (Florida Gulf Coast) (2nd place)
Championship Meet Record: Elise Haan (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/17/16 – 51.61
Conference Record: Elise Haan (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/17/16 – 51.61
2016-17 Leader: Fanny Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast) – 54.22
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Kendall Hough – 55.89 (5th)
Liberty Entrants: Brittany Weiss, Rachel Hoeve, Victoria Tschoke, Danielle Boothe, Siani Null, Caroline Allen

Outlook: Elise Haan of FGCU transferred after winning the 100 back in 2016. FGCU holds the top five 100 back times this season, including three NCAA B cuts, led by Fanny Teijonsalo's 54.22. Last year's runner-up, Katie Latham, has swum 54.45 in 2016-17, while two-time podium finisher Sandra Wilk is ranked third at 54.79. Victoria Tschoke is Liberty's top returner from 2016, placing fifth in 54.80. However, Liberty freshman Brittany Weiss has posted the fastest regular-season time in program history at 55.89.

Day 4 – Feb. 20, 2016
1,650-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Lauren Oglesby (Gardner-Webb) – 16:41.17
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Oglesby (Gardner-Webb) (Back-to-back Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Lauren Oglesby (Gardner-Webb), 2/21/2015 – 16:20.60
Conference Record: Lauren Oglesby (Gardner-Webb), 2/21/2015 – 16:20.60
2016-17 Leader: Delia Weber (Liberty) – 16:43.69
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Delia Weber – 16:43.69 (1st)
Liberty Entrants: Delia Weber, Dani Jordan, Ashlee Sall

Outlook: Gardner-Webb junior Lauren Oglesby is the lone active women's student-athlete in the CCSA with back-to-back event titles at the CCSA Championships. Oglesby holds the conference and meet record, 16:20.60, which she set as a freshman in 2015. Liberty's Delia Weber has the fastest time coming in, swimming a program-record 16:43.69. Weber broke the Houston program record at 16:32.75 last year before transferring to Liberty. Oglesby has the second-fastest mile this year, 16:49.48, followed by UNC Asheville's Skylar Rogan (17:12.88). Dani Jordan of Liberty is ranked fifth at 17:19.16.

200-yard Backstroke
Defending Champion:
Elise Haan (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:54.76
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Victoria Tschoke (Liberty) (2nd place)
Championship Meet Record: Kira Toussaint (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/22/14 – 1:54.52
Conference Record: Kira Toussaint (Florida Gulf Coast), 3/22/14 – 1:53.72
2016-17 Leader: Barbara Caraballo (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:58.04
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Victoria Tschoke – 2:04.20 (t-6th)
Liberty Entrants: Victoria Tschoke, Dani Jordan, Caroline Allen

Outlook: With the transfer of 2016 200 back winner Elise Haan of Florida Gulf Coast, a new champion will be crowned. Liberty's Victoria Tschoke finished second last season in 1:58.11, and her fastest time this season, 2:04.20, is tied for sixth. Barbara Caraballo of FGCU is the top seed, at 1:58.04, after placing sixth a year ago. Caraballo is the lone CCSA swimmer to break 2:00 this season. FGCU's Sandra Wilk has the second best time in the conference at 2:00.10. Gardner-Webb freshmen Lara Siebrecht (2:01.67) and Spencer Lucas (2:03.18) are ranked fourth and fifth.

100-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Fanny Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast) – 48.72
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Teijonsalo (Florida Gulf Coast) (Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/21/2015 – 48.59
Conference Record: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/21/2015 – 48.59
2016-17 Leader: Katie Latham (Florida Gulf Coast) – 49.10
Liberty Event Titles (Last): One (Brye Ravettine – 2012)
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Rachel Hoeve – 51.76 (8th)
Liberty Entrants: Rachel Hoeve, Hannah Baker, Chelsea Pond, Brittany Weiss, Colleen Donlin, Elizabeth Magnusson, Danielle Boothe, Siani Null, Rachel Rippey, Corrilynn Lynch

Outlook: FGCU's Fanny Teijonsalo won the 100 free last year in 48.72, followed by teammate Katie Latham in second. Latham is seeded first this season, at NCAA B cut 49.10, followed by teammates Hannah Burdge (B cut 49.90) and Gracie Redding (50.65). Michelle Case of Campbell (51.25) is seeded fourth and Georgia Southern's Kaylyn Thomas is fifth at 51.32. Liberty's Rachel Hoeve, who placed eighth last year, is seeded seventh at 51.76.

200-yard Breaststroke
Defending Champion:
Katie Armitage (Florida Gulf Coast) – 2:11.51 (Back-to-back champion)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Morgan Rulevich (UNC Asheville) (2nd place)
Championship Meet Record: Katie Armitage (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/20/2016 – 2:11.51
Conference Record: Katie Armitage (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/20/2016 – 2:11.51
2016-17 Leader: Prudence Rooker (Liberty) – 2:17.91
Liberty Event Titles (Last): Two (in a row) (Emilie Kaufman – 2014)
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Prudence Rooker – 2:17.91 (1st)
Liberty Entrants: Prudence Rooker, Morgan Noonan, Taylor Lynch, Ricki Lee Hodges, Morgan Weigner

Outlook: Two-time defending CCSA 200 breaststroke champion Katie Armitage has transferred to Tennessee, joining fellow former FGCU Eagle Kira Toussaint. UNC Asheville's Morgan Rulevich returns after finishing as runner-up last year, while Prudence Rooker earned a third-place finish in 2016. Rooker has the conference's fastest time this season, 2:17.91, followed by Rulevich's 2:17.97. Vanessa Rivas of FGCU, who took third in 2015, is seeded third at 2:18.26, followed by Liberty's Morgan Noonan (2:19.79). Noonan placed sixth last year and had a seventh-place finish in 2014. Lili Toth of Gardner-Webb finished as runner-up for 200 breaststroke two years ago.

200-yard Butterfly
Defending Champion:
Christina Kaas Elmgreen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:57.63
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet (Place): Elmgreen (Florida Gulf Coast) (Champion)
Championship Meet Record: Jess Reinhardt (Liberty), 2/22/14 – 1:56.79
Conference Record: Jess Reinhardt (Liberty), 2/22/14 – 1:56.79
2016-17 Leader: Christina Kaas Elmgreen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:57.17
Liberty Event Titles (Last): Two (in a row) (Jess Reinhardt – 2014)
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Alicia Finnigan – 2:00.25
Liberty Entrants: Alicia Finnigan, Ashley Mauzy

Outlook: Defending champion Christina Kaas Elmgreen of Florida Gulf Coast returns to defend her crown, as Elmgreen has the fastest seed time, 1:57.17. Last year's runner-up, Alicia Finnigan of Liberty, is seeded second after swimming 2:00.25. However, the sophomore defeated Elmgreen head-to-head on Jan. 7. Yee Ching Wong of FGCU, who placed third each of the last two years, is seeded fourth at 2:02.71. London Schumacher of Gardner-Webb (2:02.20) is seeded third after narrowly missing the A Final last year.