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LFSN 2017 CCSA Championships Review with Jake Shellenberger

February 24, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames continued their recent success, finishing as runner-up at the 2017 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. Liberty earned its third second-place finish in a row and fifth in the last six seasons.

For the meet as a whole, the Lady Flames recorded 16 podium finishes, four victories, eight B cuts and four program records.

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).\

The Lady Flames are scheduled to move into the brand-new Liberty Natatorium in fall of 2017. Construction continues on the state-of-the-art facility that will feature a 50-meter pool and separate diving well. The new facility will allow the program to move forward with a full diving contingent, including a full-time diving coach.

Liberty went 10-2 in the dual-meet portion of the schedule, including 5-1 against CCSA competition. The Lady Flames earned wins over Air Force, BYU and Utah at the Intermountain Shootout in October.

Finnigan will compete in the Bulldog Last Chance Meet on Sunday at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. She will attempt to improve on her national standing in the 200 fly. Her time of 1:57.08 met the NCAA Division I B standard. Invitations to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship will be announced next Tuesday.