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Lady Flames Sweep FGCU, Tulane, Illinois State

January 4, 2020  Fort Myers, Fla.   RSS
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Payton Keiner won the 100 backstroke and led off two winning relays on Saturday at FGCU.

Payton Keiner won the 100 backstroke and led off two winning relays on Saturday at FGCU.

Liberty capped off its 10th annual Florida training trip by sweeping through a quad meet hosted by FGCU on Saturday at FGCU Aquatics Complex.

The Lady Flames (11-3) defeated the host Eagles and Tulane by matching 131-93 scores, while topping Illinois State 188-30. FGCU and Tulane tied in their dual-meet score, 112-112, while both the Eagles and Green Wave defeated Illinois State.

Liberty Event Winners
• 200 medley relay – 1:44.71 (Payton Keiner, Mikayla Herich, Brittany Weiss, Colleen Donlin)

• Fr. Eva Suggs – 200 freestyle (1:51.79)

• Jr. Lindsey Cohee – 100 butterfly (56.01)

• Jr. Payton Keiner – 100 backstroke (55.13)

• 400 freestyle relay – 3:30.98 (Payton Keiner, Hannah Baker, Colleen Donlin, Mikayla Herich)

Notable
• Liberty won five events, including both relays, which Tulane claimed four individual-event victories and FGCU earned three event wins.

• The Lady Flames are 4-0 against CCSA opponents this season and have won their last 19 CCSA dual meets in a row since a 137-125 loss at FGCU on Jan. 7, 2017.

• FGCU leads the all-time series 6-2 over Liberty. However, the Lady Flames have won each of the last two dual-meet matchups.

• Keiner's 25.81 leadoff to the 200 medley relay was the fastest 50 backstroke by a Lady Flame this season.

• Keiner (100 back), Cohee (100 fly) and Suggs (200 free) all won their respective events for the third time this season.  

• Liberty is 34-3 in its last 37 dual meets overall.

• The Lady Flames have clinched their fourth straight 10-win season, earning 10 or more victories in a single season for the seventh time in program history.

• Yesterday, Liberty went 2-1 in a quad meet hosted by No. 7 Florida, defeating Vanderbilt and North Florida and falling to the host Gators.  

 • This is the first time since Oct. 9-10, 2015, that Liberty has competed in away meets in separate cities on back-to-back days. That year, the Lady Flames competed at TCU on Oct. 9 before heading to North Texas for a meet on Oct. 10.

Up Next
Liberty will send its divers to the Navy Diving Invite, held Jan. 17-19 in Annapolis, Md. The Lady Flames' final regular-season meet will be the TYR Senior Celebration, as Liberty will host Campbell and James Madison on Jan. 25.