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Liberty Widens Lead With Successful Day 2 at CCSA Meet

February 21, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Emily Manly became the first Lady Flame to win the 500 freestyle at the CCSA Championships.

Emily Manly became the first Lady Flame to win the 500 freestyle at the CCSA Championships.

Liberty widened its lead after an outstanding second day at the 2019 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, Thursday at the Liberty Natatorium.

The Lady Flames lead with 790.5 points, followed by four-time defending champion FGCU with 648. Incarnate Word is in third (485), and Georgia Southern is one point behind UIW in fourth.

Team Standings
1. Liberty – 790.5

2. FGCU – 648
3. Incarnate Word – 485
4. Georgia Southern – 484
5. UNC Asheville – 313
6. Campbell – 298.5
7. Gardner-Webb – 265
8. North Florida – 240
9. Howard – 203

Liberty A Finalists
• 200 freestyle relay – 2nd place in 1:31.87 (Payton Keiner, Hannah Baker, Brittany Weiss, Colleen Donlin)
• So. Emily Manly – 500 freestyle (1st place in 4:51.13)
• Sr. Alicia Finnigan – 500 freestyle (2nd place in 4:52.25)
• Sr. Shelby Black – 500 freestyle (4th place in 4:52.44)
• Jr. Emily Zimcosky – 500 freestyle (5th place in 4:53.48)
• So. Arielle Arnett – 500 freestyle (8th place in 5:00.53)
• R-So. Mikayla Herich – 200 IM (1st place in 1:59.82)
• So. Lindsey Cohee – 200 IM (5th place in 2:04.47)
• So. Kiah Francis – 200 IM (7th place in 2:04.83)
• Jr. Colleen Donlin – 50 freestyle (t-2nd place in 23.05)
• So. Payton Keiner – 50 freestyle (4th place in 23.10)
• Jr. Hannah Baker – 50 freestyle (6th place in 23.26)
• Fr. Olivia Robinson – Three-meter diving (6) (2nd place in 290.65)
• Fr. Lauren Chennault – Three-meter diving (6) (3rd place in 253.70)
• Fr. Abigail Egolf-Jensen – Three-meter diving (6) (9th place in 226.05)

Notable
• Liberty posted 15 top-eight finishes on Thursday night, including seven podium finishes, two event victories, one program record and one NCAA B cut. Through two days at the championships, the Lady Flames have totaled 11 top-three finishes and three event victories.

• For the second night in a row, Liberty took second and third in diving, as Olivia Robinson and Lauren Chennault claimed second and third, in that order, in three-meter diving.

• Mikayla Herich swam a program-record, NCAA B cut time of 1:59.82 to win the 200 IM. She broke Prudence Rooker's program record of 2:00.12, set at the 2018 CCSA Championships. It was Liberty's second straight year winning the 200 IM at the conference meet.

• Emily Manly became the first Lady Flame to win the 500 freestyle, leading five Liberty A Finalists with a winning time of 4:51.13. The only swimming event that Liberty has not won at the conference championships is the 400 IM.

• Alicia Finnigan placed second in the 500 freestyle in 4:52.25. It was her eighth career podium finish, tying Brye Ravettine (2011-14) for the program record. She finished top three in three events (500 free, 100 fly, 200 fly) in both 2017 and 2018.

• Colleen Donlin picked up her second career podium finish in the 50 freestyle, tying for second in 23.05.

Historically Speaking
• Shelby Black's 4:52.44 ranks sixth on Liberty's all-time top 10 list in the 500 free, while Emily Zimcosky ranks eighth with her 4:53.48.

• Olivia Robinson scored a season-best 290.65 in three-meter diving, good for second in program history in the event.

 • In addition to Herich's program record in the 200 IM, Brittany Weiss moved into 5th in program history with a 2:02.52. 

• Payton Keiner entered Liberty's top 10 in the 50 freestyle, swimming 23.10 tonight which puts her 10th on the program records list.

• The Lady Flames' 200 free relay time of 1:31.87 is eighth on the program's top 10 list.

Up Next
Tomorrow's action on day three of the 2019 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships begins at 10 a.m. with preliminary heats of the 100 fly. Friday's program will also feature the 400 individual medley, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 back and 400 medley relay.