Liberty downed Campbell, 237-94, in the two-day Central Virginia Duals, which wrapped up on Saturday at the new Liberty Natatorium. The Lady Flames led the meet from start to finish. For the meet as a whole, Liberty won 12 out of 13 individual events and two out of four relays. Liberty also swept the one-meter diving event. A total of 989 fans attended the two-day meet.
With the win, Liberty improves to 6-2, including 4-0 against CCSA opponents. Campbell falls to 4-7, 3-5 in CCSA dual meets.
This weekend's meet was the first event in the history of the Liberty Natatorium. In addition to Liberty's win over Campbell, NCAA Division III schools Ferrum, Hampden-Sydney, Roanoke and Sweet Briar also competed.
Earlier in the morning, Liberty's divers competed in the one-meter springboard. Amy Schools won with 216.15 points, followed by Jenna Joyal (202.40) and Ellen Tart (154.85).
Liberty's 400 medley relays took second and third, behind Campbell's A relay. The Liberty quartet of Payton Keiner, Prudence Rooker, Alicia Finnigan and Hannah Baker swam 3:53.37 for second.
Finnigan opened the individual swimming events with a victory in the 1000 freestyle, her third win of the meet. She claimed victory in 10:38.28, followed by Ashlee Sall in second place at 10:43.67.
Chelsea Pond chased down Campbell's Michelle Case in the final stretch of the 100 free, as Pond won in 51.41, and Case took second at 51.45. Colleen Donlin placed third with a 52.61 clocking. Pond's 51.41 was the fastest 100 freestyle by a Liberty swimmer so far this season.
Keiner swam 2:04.10 to win the 200 backstroke, while teammate Emily Manly took third in 2:10.55.
Rooker earned the 200 breaststroke victory in 2:24.00, just ahead of Campbell's Taylor McMinn (2:24.65). Morgan Noonan swam 2:24.98, good for third place.
Caroline Clark gave Campbell its first individual victory, winning the 100 fly in 56.07. Lindsey Cohee (56.31) and Finnigan (56.43) placed second and third, respectively.
Manly captured the 400 IM in a time of 4:36.44, while Kiah Francis finished third in 4:41.71.
Campbell won the meet-ending 400 free relay in 3:28.96. Liberty's relay of Elizabeth Magnusson, Brittany Weiss, Pond and Rooker placed second in 3:30.85.
Liberty opens 2018 in Fort Myers, Fla., taking on three-time defending CCSA champion Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 6 at FGCU Aquatics Center.
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