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Liberty Dominates GWU Tri-Meet

October 27, 2017  Boiling Springs, N.C.  RSS
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Chelsea Pond won the 100 free at Gardner-Webb, Friday.

Chelsea Pond won the 100 free at Gardner-Webb, Friday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team raced to a pair of wins over Gardner-Webb and Georgia Southern in a tri-meet, held Friday at GWU's Bost Pool.

The Lady Flames (5-2, 3-0 CCSA) defeated the Runnin' Bulldogs, 166.5-94.50, while posting a 194-67 win over the Eagles. Gardner-Webb (3-5, 3-2) downed Georgia Southern (2-3, 2-2) by a score of 187-74.

Friday's meet featured the teams that finished second (Liberty), third (Gardner-Webb) and fourth (Georgia Southern) at the 2017 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship.

Liberty is now 8-2 all-time against Georgia Southern and 4-1 versus Gardner-Webb.

The Lady Flames dominated on Friday night, winning 12 out of 14 total events. Also, Liberty set five new pool records. Both Liberty's B (1:45.99) and A (1:46.32) 200 medley relays were under the previous mark of 1:46.47. The Liberty A (1:35.75) and B (1:36.25) 200 free relays also went under the existing pool standard of 1:36.39. Lindsey Cohee set pool records in both the 100 fly (56.81) and 200 fly (2:04.48), while Brittany Weiss' 56.99 in the 100 back set a new pool record.

Liberty took the top two spots in the meet-opening 200 medley relay, led by the winning quartet of Danielle Boothe, Ricki Lee Hodges, Weiss and Hannah Baker, who won in 1:45.99.

Payton Keiner claimed the 1000 freestyle by nearly 10 seconds over her closest competitor, taking first in 10.26.52. That time ranks eighth on the program's all-time top 10 in the event.

Prudence Rooker won a pair of events on Friday, beginning with the 200 free, as she clocked 1:54.86 to edge out GWU's Jessi Snover (1:55.08). Teammate Ashlee Sall placed fourth overall at 1:57.23.

Rooker later swam 2:21.91 in a victorious 200 breaststroke effort, as she held off Gardner-Webb's Bethany Leap (2:22.20) for the win.

Weiss led a 1-2-4 showing by Liberty in the 100 backstroke with her pool-record 56.99. Boothe took second in 59.43, while Hoeve (1:00.57) claimed fourth.

Cohee picked up her first pool record of the evening in the 200 fly, turning in a 2:04.48 time. Alicia Finnigan (2:05.52) tied for third overall.

Cohee, a freshman, went on to win the 100 fly in pool-record 56.81, defeating GWU's Snover (57.13) by .32 seconds.

Hoeve continued her 50 free dominance, winning the event for the 10th time in a row in dual-meet action with a 23.95 clocking. Colleen Donlin placed fourth in 24.71.

Chelsea Pond earned the 100 free victory in 52.91, followed by teammate Keiner in second place at 53.24.

Manly won the 200 backstroke, touching the wall first in 2:07.36.

Finnigan claimed the 500 free with a 5:10.02 effort, while Sall finished third in 5:13.66.

Liberty closed out the evening with a 1-2 showing in the 200 free relay. The Lady Flames' A relay of Hoeve, Donlin, Rooker and Kiah Francis won in pool-record time 1:35.75.

Earlier in the meet, Liberty's Hodges (1:06.81) and Baker (1:06.86) placed second and third, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke. Baker's time now ranks ninth on Liberty's all-time top performers chart in the event.

During a second-place finish in the 400 IM, Manly turned in a time, 4:33.32, that ranks fifth on the program's top 10 performers list for 400 IM.

Liberty will next compete at the Frank Elm Invite, held Nov. 17-20 at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.