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Liberty Sweeps BYU, Gardner-Webb, Old Dominion at Home-Opening Meet

October 27, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty claimed three dual-meet victories with a fantastic showing at the All-American Celebration Meet, which wrapped up on Saturday.

The Lady Flames (7-0) defeated BYU 232-118, while beating Old Dominion 275-76 and downing Gardner-Webb 290-56.

This weekend's meet drew 1,286 total guests, including 653 on Friday and 633 on Saturday.

Liberty Event Winners
• 400 medley relay (Brittany Weiss (57.66), Gianni Pitto (1:03.59), Alicia Finnigan (55.85), Colleen Donlin (52.02)) – 3:49.12

• Fr. Gianni Pitto – 200 breaststroke (2:20.24)

• Sr. Alicia Finnigan – 200 butterfly (2:02.15)

• R-So. Mikayla Herich – 400 IM (4:25.50)

• 400 free relay (Payton Keiner (52.71), Emily Zimcosky (52.03), Brittany Weiss (51.50), Colleen Donlin (51.78)) – 3:28.02.

• 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.

• Liberty is on a 15-meet winning streak in dual meets, dating back to the Gardner-Webb Tri Meet on Oct. 27, 2017. Liberty is 8-0 all-time at the Liberty Natatorium.

• Olivia Robinson set two new program records this weekend, the three-meter springboard (281.25) and platform (198.37).

• Liberty won nine individual events for the meet, including the team's first-ever diving victory (Olivia Robinson – Zone Qualifying three-meter score of 281.25 on Friday). The Lady Flames claimed all four relays on the weekend.

• Payton Keiner finished second in the 200 backstroke, but became the first swimmer to break 2:00 in the 200 back in a regular-season dual meet, in 1:59.88.

• Gianni Pitto earned her fourth 200 breaststroke win in as many tries as a collegiate swimmer.

• Defending CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year Alicia Finnigan has won the 200 fly at each of Liberty's four standard dual meets this season.

• Pitto (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke), Finnigan (100 fly, 200 fly) and Mikayla Herich (200 IM, 400 IM) all won two events for Liberty this weekend.

Historically Speaking
• In addition to Robinson's record-setting platform diving, Lauren Chennault (187.13), Abigail Egolf Jensen (164.78) and Allison Van Milligan are now second through fourth in program history in platform diving.

• Liberty's 400 free relay of Keiner, Zimcosky, Weiss and Donlin is now ranked ninth in program history at 3:28.02.

• Egolf Jensen ranks second in program history as the result of her 258.15 in one-meter diving, while Allison Van Milligan's season-best 161.15 is 10th.

• Herich moved into 4th place on Liberty's all-time top 10 in the 400 IM (4:25.50) and fifth in 1000 freestyle (10:22.80).

• Pitto now ranks ninth in program history in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.24). Her 400 IM time of 4:28.89 from Saturday is seventh.

• Emma Hazel moved into ninth place in team history in the 400 IM at 4:34.39.

Up Next
Liberty will next compete at Marshall, Nov. 9-10 at Marshall's Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium in Huntington, W.Va. The Lady Flames are 4-0 all-time against the Thundering Herd, defeating Marshall in back-to-back weeks last season.