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Liberty Moves Up to 2nd Following Day 2 at CCSA Meet

February 16, 2017  Athens, Ga.  RSS
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Prudence Rooker placed second in NCAA B cut time 2:01.03 on Thursday at the CCSA Championships.

Prudence Rooker placed second in NCAA B cut time 2:01.03 on Thursday at the CCSA Championships.

Following a strong day-two performance, Liberty moved into second place in the team standings at the 2017 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, Thursday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Florida Gulf Coast now leads with 557.5 points following Thursday's finals, while the Lady Flames follow in second, at 459.5. Georgia Southern (345.5), Incarnate Word (306.5) and Gardner-Webb (281) are in third through fifth, respectively.

On Thursday, Liberty posted 14 personal-best times, four podium finishes (three individual, one relay) and two NCAA B cuts.

The Lady Flames' 500-yard freestylers provided a big boost to start the evening finals session, placing two on the podium. Delia Weber, the top seed, placed second in 4:50.68, while Alicia Finnigan took third in lifetime-best 4:51.85. Elizabeth Magnusson swam 5:01.17 for seventh, while Shelby Black went 5:01.78 to claim eighth place. Ashlee Sall clocked a personal-best 4:57.82 in the B Final, good for 10th overall and Dani Jordan's C Final swim of 5:05.79 earned 22nd place.

Prudence Rooker earned a second-place finish in the 200 IM, swimming a lifetime-best, NCAA B cut 2:01.03. Rooker's time is second best on Liberty's all-time top 10 performers list. Victoria Tschoke claimed sixth place with a 2:02.69 clocking in the A Final. Taylor Lynch won the C Final, placing 17th overall in 2:05.37.

FGCU took the top three spots in a 50 free A Final that saw five NCAA B cuts. Liberty's Rachel Hoeve swam a lifetime-best 22.76 for fourth, while Hannah Baker (6th place – 23.02) and Colleen Donlin (7th – 23.15) also clocked personal bests. Ashley Mauzy (23.79) and Chelsea Pond (23.99) finished 15th and 16th overall, with their B Final swims. Ricki Lee Hodges placed 21st overall, in 23.96, while Danielle Boothe tied for 22nd in 24.00.

Liberty placed second in the session-ending 200 free relay, as Baker (23.17), Hoeve (22.59), Rooker (22.75) and Donlin (22.66) swam 1:31.17. FGCU won in NCAA A cut, meet and conference-record 1:28.77.

Preliminary Round Recap
The Lady Flames got the morning session off to a great start, qualifying four for the A Final in the 500 free. Five Lady Flames broke the 5:00 barrier, led by a 4:51.28 from Weber, who won the qualifying round. Finnigan (5th – 4:57.16), Magnusson (6th – 4:58.46) and Black (7th – 4:58.57) all qualified in then personal-best times. Sall's time of 4:59.34 placed ninth in prelims, while Jordan swam a lifetime-best 5:03.19 for 18th. Competing in exhibitions, Morgan Weigner (5:09.91) and Caroline Allen (5:11.59) both turned in best times.

Liberty placed two in the 200 IM A Final, with Rooker posting the third-best preliminary-round time, 2:02.57. Tschoke was sixth in 2:03.35. Lynch clocked 2:08.89 in prelims, making the C Final in 17th position.

Hoeve's NCAA B cut 22.77 placed second in 50 free qualifying, while Baker qualified sixth in 23.14 and Donlin swam 23.16 for seventh. Mauzy (lifetime-best 23.67) and Pond (23.70) came in 14th and 16th, respectively. Earning spots in the C Final were Boothe (17th - personal-best 23.73) and Hodges (19th - 23.81). In earlier rounds, Corrilynn Lynch swam a best time of 24.66, while Siani Null finished in 24.83 and Rachel Rippey touched the wall in 25.47.

Tomorrow's action on day three of the 2017 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships begins at 10 a.m. with preliminary heats of the 400 individual medley. Friday's program will also feature the 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 back, one-meter diving and 400 medley relay.