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Lady Flames Earn Runner-Up Finish at 2017 CCSA Championships

February 18, 2017  Athens, Ga.  RSS
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Lady Flames Earn Runner-Up Finish at 2017 CCSA Championships

Liberty finished in second place for the third year in a row at the 2017 CCSA Championships, with the fourth and final day taking place on Saturday at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Florida Gulf Coast claimed its third straight CCSA women's championship, and eighth in the last nine years, as FGCU scored 1,574.5 points. The Lady Flames earned their fifth runner-up finish in the last six seasons, and third in a row, with 1,355 points. Gardner-Webb placed third with 851, followed by Georgia Southern (818.5) and Incarnate Word (770.5), in that order.

Brittany Weiss was named Most Outstanding Female Freshman of the CCSA Meet, the third Lady Flame all-time to win the award. She joins Brye Ravettine (2011) and Jess Reinhardt (2013).

Alicia Finnigan and Prudence Rooker both earned three podium finishes during the meet. They become the fifth and sixth swimmers in program history to post three top-three finishes at a CCSA Championship meet. The previous four were Ravettine (2012, 2013), Emilie Kaufman (2013, 2014), Reinhardt (2014) and Kendall Hough (2015, 2016).

On Saturday evening, Liberty posted five podium finishes (four individual, one relay), while winning two events, registering two program records and two NCAA B cuts. For the meet as a whole, the Lady Flames recorded 16 podium finishes, four victories, eight B cuts and four program records.

Delia Weber opened the finals session by winning the 1,650 freestyle in program-record 16:40.72. She also set a new 1,000 yard freestyle record at 10:02.01 on the way out. Weber is the first Lady Flame to win the CCSA 1,650 free. Dani Jordan came in fifth at 17:09.37, while Ashlee Sall placed seventh at 17:13.79. Jordan and Sall both swam lifetime bests.

Finnigan kicked down FGCU's Christina Kaas Elmgreen, earning the 200 fly win in lifetime-best, NCAA B cut time of 1:57.08. Elmgreen finished just .02 second behind. Ashley Mauzy placed 10th overall with a personal-best 2:04.71 in the B Final.

Victoria Tschoke earned a runner-up finish in the 200 back for the second year in a row, as FGCU's Doris Eichhorn edged Tschoke's B cut time of 1:58.14 by .05 seconds. Jordan, swimming the 200 back shortly after completing the 1,650 free, finished 16th overall with a 2:10.51 in the B Final.

Rooker garnered her third runner-up finish of the meet, placing second in the 200 breaststroke with a best time of 2:16.24, while Morgan Noonan placed fifth in 2:18.02. Ricki Lee Hodges swam a lifetime-best 2:22.75 for 13th overall, while Taylor Lynch went 2:25.22 in the B Final for 15th place.

Liberty took fifth through seventh in the 100 free A Final, led by Colleen Donlin's lifetime-best 50.64. Hannah Baker (50.66) and Rachel Hoeve (51.62) followed Donlin, in that order. Brittany Weiss swam a personal-best 50.98 to win the B Final, good for ninth overall, while Chelsea Pond went 52.18 for 15th place. Elizabeth Magnusson claimed first in the C final in lifetime-best 51.31, while Danielle Boothe took 20th overall in 52.94.

To close the meet, Liberty finished second in the 400 free relay, as the quartet of Rooker (51.15), Donlin (50.20), Baker (49.98) and Weiss (50.65) went 3:21.98.

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Tschoke claimed the distinction of becoming the first Lady Flame in program history to qualify for 12 A Finals in her career, as Tschoke's NCAA B cut time of 1:58.70 earned her the top seed for the 200 back. Jordan swam 2:05.43, qualifying for the B Final in 15th. In earlier heats, Caroline Allen recorded a lifetime-best 2:03.28.

The Lady Flames placed three in the 100 free A Final, led by Hoeve in fifth with a personal-best 50.64. Baker qualified sixth in 50.77, while Donlin was seventh with a lifetime-best 50.81 clocking. Pond (51.18) and Weiss (51.22) finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in prelims. Magnusson swam 52.60 and Boothe went 52.73, both making the C Final. In exhibition swims, Siani Null posted a 53.47, while Corrilynn Lynch swam a personal-best 54.51 and Rachel Rippey touched in 57.09.

Rooker qualified second for the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.03, while Noonan's 2:19.12 was good for sixth. Hodges turned in a lifetime-best 2:22.92 for 13th, and Taylor Lynch also made the B Final in 2:23.30. Morgan Weigner swam a 2:25.12 as an exhibition.

Finnigan earned the top seed in the 200 fly with a lifetime-best and B cut time of 1:58.17. Mauzy made the B Final in a personal-best 2:05.30.          

Liberty's swimmers who attained NCAA Division I B cuts will await word about selection to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, which will take place March 15-18 in Indianapolis, Ind. The selections will be announced by the NCAA on Tuesday, Feb. 28.