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Finnigan Places 20th in 200 Fly on Final Day at NCAA Championships

March 17, 2018  Columbus, Ohio  RSS
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Alicia Finnigan finished 20th in the 200 fly at the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

Alicia Finnigan finished 20th in the 200 fly at the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

Liberty completed its participation at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday, the fourth and final day of competition at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Junior Alicia Finnigan finished 20th in the 200 fly, while freshman Payton Keiner took 34th place in the 200 backstroke.      

Finnigan swam 1:55.58 in morning prelims of the 200 fly, finishing in 20th place out of 51 entrants. She finished .20 seconds away from qualifying for the B Final, as 1:55.38 was 16th. Her time was the fastest 200 fly time of a Lady Flame at the NCAA Championships, besting her own 1:57.37 from last year. It took 1:53.31 to make the A Final, as Ella Eastin of Stanford swam the top qualifying time, 1:51.76.

Keiner claimed 34th place in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:54.79. She entered the week with a conference-record 1:53.29 seed time. The 16th qualifier swam 1:52.18, while it took 1:51.18 to make the 200 backstroke A Final. Wisconsin's Beata Nelson swam the top qualifying time, clocking 1:49.33.

Both Liberty swimmers competed yesterday, with Finnigan clocking a lifetime-best 53.37 to place 42nd in the 100 fly. Keiner swam 53.75 in her first nationals swim, taking 46th in the 100 backstroke.

Liberty has wrapped up a successful 2017-18 swimming & diving campaign that saw the Lady Flames set four conference records and 10 program records. This is the second time in program history, and first since 2014, that multiple Lady Flames have competed at the same NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. This is also the fifth time in eight years of program history that Liberty has been represented at the NCAA national meet.