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Lady Flames Post 6th-Place Finish at Frank Elm Invite

November 19, 2017  Piscataway, N.J.  RSS
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Alicia Finnigan placed sixth in the 200 fly at Rutgers on Sunday.

Alicia Finnigan placed sixth in the 200 fly at Rutgers on Sunday.

Liberty claimed sixth place at the 2017 Frank Elm Invitational, which wrapped up on Sunday at RU Aquatics Center.

The Lady Flames scored 677 points as a team over the three-day event. Navy led from beginning to end, winning with 1,648 points, while host Rutgers placed second with 1,447.5 points. Columbia (1,229.5), Northeastern (1,160.5) and James Madison (763) rounded out the top five.

Liberty and its opponents got to gain the feeling of a championship format, as this week's meet featured a program similar to that held at conference championship meets. Each day featured a morning qualifying session and evening finals.

Payton Keiner earned an A Finals swim in the 200 back before finishing eighth with a season-best 2:01.50 in the final. Her 2:01.50 ranks sixth in program history in the event. Emily Manly finished 39th overall in 2:09.27, while Danielle Boothe (2:11.76) and Siani Null (2:13.94) earned 43rd and 47th, respectively.

Liberty placed two swimmers in the 200 fly A Final, led by Lindsey Cohee, who took third place in a season-best 2:02.02. Alicia Finnigan clocked a finals time of 2:05.21, good for sixth overall. Cohee's 2:02.02 is ranked fifth on the program's all-time top performers list. Ashley Mauzy swam 2:12.26 in prelims.

The Lady Flames' 400 free relay of Keiner, Hannah Baker, Brittany Weiss and Rachel Hoeve turned in a fifth-place performance, 3:28.39.

Ashlee Sall opened the evening session with an 11th-place showing in the 1,650 freestyle, as she completed the race in 17:17.18.

Baker clocked a 51.99 in the 100 free B Final, good for 12th place overall, while Hoeve's 53.25 gained her 32nd position. Colleen Donlin (36th – 52.96), Weiss (41st - 53.09), Chelsea Pond (42nd – 53.10), Elizabeth Magnusson (61st – 54.52) and Corrilynn Lynch (68th – 55.62) all swam preliminary heats of the 100 free.

Ricki Lee Hodges claimed 16th place in the 200 breaststroke in a B Final time of 2:24.58, while Kiah Francis finished 30th in 2:29.18.

Liberty will host the first-ever meet in Liberty Natatorium history, Dec. 1-2, hosting the Central Virginia Duals. Competing schools will include Liberty, Campbell, Old Dominion (diving), Roanoke College, Hampden-Sydney (men's only), Ferrum and Sweet Briar (women's only).