The Liberty swimming & diving team got its home schedule off to a great start on day one of the All-American Celebration Meet, Friday at the Liberty Natatorium.
Liberty leads all three dual meets by a wide margin going into tomorrow's final day. The Lady Flames lead BYU 132-54, while holding a 149-37 advantage over Old Dominion and a 157-26 lead over Gardner-Webb. A total of 653 spectators attended tonight's session.
Liberty Event Winners • 200 medley relay (Payton Keiner (26.10), Ricki Lee Hodges (29.14), Brittany Weiss (24.59), Colleen Donlin (22.82)) – 1:42.65 • R-So. Mikayla Herich – 200 IM (2:05.17) • Jr. Colleen Donlin – 50 freestyle (23.27) • Fr. Olivia Robinson – 3-meter diving (6) (281.25) • Jr. Emily Zimcosky – 200 freestyle (1:52.03) • Fr. Gianni Pitto – 100 breaststroke (1:03.72) • Sr. Alicia Finnigan – 100 butterfly (55.89) • 200 free relay (Payton Keiner (24.19), Hannah Baker (23.81), Brittany Weiss (23.35), Colleen Donlin (23.10))
Notable • Prior to Friday's first swimming event, Liberty honored its two swimming All-Americans (Brye Ravettine, 2012; Jess Reinhardt, 2014). Ravettine was Liberty's first All-American and first NCAA national competitor in program history, finishing in 13th place in the 50 freestyle at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Reinhardt posted the best NCAA finish to date in program history, placing 10th in the 100 fly at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Both Ravettine (22.19 – 50 free) and Reinhardt (51.72 – 100 fly) still hold program records.
• This is the first time that Liberty has hosted BYU in any sport in University history.
• Freshman Olivia Robinson set a new program record in three-meter diving, qualifying for the NCAA Zone Qualifying Meet. She is the first diver in program history to win an individual diving event, and the first Lady Flame to earn a Zone Qualifying score.
• Freshman Lauren Chennault narrowly missed the Zone qualifying standard of 280, scoring 279.15 to give Liberty a 1-2 finish.
• Colleen Donlin has won the 50 free at each of Liberty's last six dual meets, a streak which started on Jan. 20, 2018.
• Gianni Pitto earned her fourth 100 breaststroke win in as many tries as a collegiate swimmer.
• Defending CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year Alicia Finnigan has won the 100 fly at each of Liberty's last three meets.
Historically Speaking • In addition to Robinson's record-setting diving, Lauren Chennault (279.15) and Abigail Egolf Jensen (232.30) are now second and third in program history for three-meter diving. • Liberty's 200 medley relay of Keiner, Hodges, Weiss and Donlin now ranks seventh all-time in program history at 1:42.65.
• Herich moved into 10th place in program history in the 200 IM (2:05.17).
• Pitto is now seventh on Liberty's all-time top 10 in the 100 breaststroke at 1:03.72. • Allison Van Milligan scored a collegiate-best 158.25 in three-meter diving, and she is now 10th in program history on three-meter springboard. Up Next The All-American Celebration concludes tomorrow, and will start at 9:45 a.m. with diving competition. Swimming events will start at 11 a.m. with the 400 medley relay.
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