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Lady Flames Lead Jayhawks, 96-90, After Day 1

October 6, 2017  Lawrence, Kan.  RSS
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Alicia Finnigan won the 200 fly at Kansas, Friday.

Alicia Finnigan won the 200 fly at Kansas, Friday.

Liberty holds a 96-90 lead after day one of a two-day dual meet at Kansas, with opening-day action held at Robinson Natatorium on Friday.

This is the first meeting between the two teams, as Kansas (Big 12) and Liberty (CCSA) both finished second at their respective conference championship meets last season.

With 10 out of the 19 events of the two-day meet in the books, both teams have won four individual events and one relay race. Several races have been decided by narrow margins as well.

Liberty opened the meet by edging Kansas out for the win in the 200 medley relay, as the quartet of Payton Keiner, Prudence Rooker, Brittany Weiss and Rachel Hoeve swam 1:44.10, and the Jayhawks' A team finished in 1:44.68.

Kansas won the first two individual events, as Jenny Nusbaum (10:17.40) led a 1-2-3 Jayhawk sweep of the 1000 free. Liberty's Emily Manly finished fourth in 10:36.79.

Lauryn Parrish then gave KU the 200 free victory, touching first in 1:51.76. Hannah Baker took second place for Liberty with a 1:53.62 clocking.

The guests then began a run of four straight wins, beginning when Weiss claimed the 100 back by nearly a second and a half, clocking 55.84.

The Lady Flames registered their first 1-2-3 finish of the evening, as Ricki Lee Hodges (1:05.37), Rooker (1:05.87) and Kiah Francis (1:07.70) earned the first three spots in the 100 breaststroke, in that order.

Alicia Finnigan then took first in the 200 fly with a 2:03.91 time. Lindsey Cohee touched in 2:04.22, .01 seconds faster than Kansas' Eliie Flanagan for second. Cohee's 2:04.22 ranks fifth on Liberty's all-time top 10 performers list in the event. 

Liberty clocked the four fastest 50 free times, led by Hoeve in 23.68. Hoeve has won the 50 free each of the last eight times she has contested it in dual-meet action. Colleen Donlin (24.18), Baker (24.23) and Chelsea Pond (24.35) placed second through fourth.

Kansas then swept the one-meter diving event. Liberty's Amy Schools finished fourth with a score of 155.03.

Madison Straight of Kansas outlasted Liberty's Finnigan for first in the 200 IM, 2:06.79 to 2:07.03. Rooker placed third in 2:08.80.

The Jayhawks' 400 free relay came from behind to edge Liberty, as anchor Carly Straight stopped the clock at 3:28.04 for the win. The Lady Flames (Keiner, Weiss, Baker, Hoeve), finished .15 seconds behind at 3:28.19. Liberty's 3:28.19 ranks eighth on the program's all-time top 10 list. 

Tomorrow's action begins at noon ET with the 400 medley relay.