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Finnigan Named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year

April 12, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Alicia Finnigan was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year.

Alicia Finnigan was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year.

Official CCSA Release

After a fantastic, record-setting junior campaign, Liberty's Alicia Finnigan has been voted CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year, announced Thursday.

Finnigan, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, is the second athlete in program history to be named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year, as Brye Ravettine received the honor, based on coaches' vote, at the 2012 CCSA Championships.

A seven-time CCSA medalist, Finnigan made her second NCAA appearance in a row this season, competing in the 100 fly and 200 fly at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. She swam 1:55.58 in the 200 fly at the NCAA meet, good for 20th place, the best placing of any CCSA swimmer at the national meet this year. Her lifetime-best 53.37 in the 100 fly placed 42nd overall at the NCAA Championships.

For the second year in a row, Finnigan made three podium appearances at the CCSA Championships. She won the 200 fly in both 2017 and 2018, and this year's championship swim of 1:56.41 was a new conference meet record. Finnigan placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 500 freestyle.

Finnigan punched her ticket to NCAA nationals with a program-record 1:55.33 in the 200 fly at the Liberty Last Chance Meet.

Also an excellent student, Finnigan received the NCAA's most prestigious academic award, the ELITE 90 Award, given to the one student-athlete at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships with the highest GPA. She carries a 4.0 GPA as an interdisciplinary studies major.

Finnigan is one of several Liberty student-athletes who could potentially compete at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, held July 25-29 in Irvine, Calif. Last year, Finnigan tied for 10th in the 200-meter butterfly at the Phillips 66 Nationals, the highest by a Lady Flame in a USA Swimming sponsored national event.

2018 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Major Awards
Women's Swimmer of the Year – Alicia Finnigan, Jr., Liberty

Women's Diver of the Year – Savanna Meadows, Incarnate Word
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Catherine Allen, So., UNC Asheville