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Liberty Downs Dukes, 160.5-139.5

October 20, 2018  Harrisonburg, Va.  RSS
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Emily Manly won an individual event on Saturday at James Madison.

Emily Manly won an individual event on Saturday at James Madison.

Liberty claimed its first-ever win inside James Madison's Savage Natatorium, knocking off the defending CAA champion James Madison Dukes, 160.5-139.5 on Saturday.

With the win, the Lady Flames remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0. Liberty has won its last 12 dual meets in a row, dating back to the Gardner-Webb Tri Meet on Oct. 27, 2017. James Madison falls to 3-1 on the season.

Liberty Event Winners
• 400 medley relay (Payton Keiner (56.24), Gianni Pitto (1:03.84), Lindsey Cohee (55.93), Colleen Donlin (50.98)) – 3:46.99

• Jr. Brittany Weiss – 100 backstroke (55.80)

• Fr. Gianni Pitto – 100 breaststroke (1:05.16); 200 breaststroke (2:21.15); 400 IM (4:29.39)

• Sr. Alicia Finnigan – 100 butterfly (55.95), 200 butterfly (2:02.00)

• Jr. Colleen Donlin – 50 freestyle (23.77)

• So. Payton Keiner – 200 backstroke (2:00.94)

• So. Emily Manly – 500 freestyle (5:05.33)

Notable
• Liberty and James Madison are now tied 3-3 all-time in head-to-head dual meets. JMU had won each of the last three meetings, all at home.

• Liberty won one relay and nine individual events, while JMU won one relay, both diving events and three individual swimming events.

• Freshman Olivia Robinson set new program records in both one-meter (259.65) and three-meter (265.06) diving.

• Freshman Gianni Pitto has won all eight of her individual-event swims so far this season, claiming victory in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke three times and claiming the 400 IM twice.

• Colleen Donlin has won the 50 free at each of Liberty's last five dual meets, a streak which started on Jan. 20, 2018.

• Brittany Weiss has won the 100 backstroke each of the last 11 meets she has contested the event, highlighted by the 2017 Frank Elm Invite, 2018 CCSA Championships and 2018 Liberty Last Chance Meet.

• Defending CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year Alicia Finnigan has won the 200 fly in all three traditional dual meets this season, and has won the last five individual events she has entered this year.

Historically Speaking
• Liberty set Savage Natatorium pool records in the 100 back (Weiss – 55.80), 200 back (Keiner – 2:00.94), 100 fly (Finnigan – 55.95) and 400 medley relay (3:46.99).

• Liberty's 400 medley relay of Keiner, Pitto, Cohee and Donlin (3:46.99) now sits ninth in program history.

• Mikayla Herich is now ranked eighth in program history in the 400 IM (4:33.61) and ninth in the 1000 free (10:26.54).

• Emma Hazel moved into ninth place in program history in the 400 IM (4:35.09).

• Thanks to today's results, the top three performers in program history for one-meter diving are now Robinson (259.65), Abigail Egolf Jensen (243.08) and Lauren Chennault (240.75).

• Allison Van Milligan now sits 10th on Liberty's all-time top 10 in one-meter (146.47) and three-meter (154.73) diving.

Up Next     
Liberty will open its home schedule with a big meet next Friday and Saturday, hosting the All-American Celebration meet. The Lady Flames will host BYU, Gardner-Webb, Mount Saint Mary's and Old Dominion. Also, Liberty will honor its All-Americans (Brye Ravettine – 2012; Jess Reinhardt – 2014) prior to the start of Friday's action.