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Liberty in 2nd After CCSA Championships Opening Night

February 19, 2020  Knoxville, Tenn.  RSS
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Liberty's 200 medley relay, consisting of Payton Keiner, Mikayla Herich, Brittany Weiss and Colleen Donlin, posted a win on Wednesday at the CCSA Championships.

Liberty's 200 medley relay, consisting of Payton Keiner, Mikayla Herich, Brittany Weiss and Colleen Donlin, posted a win on Wednesday at the CCSA Championships.

The Liberty swimming & diving team sits in second place after opening night at the 2020 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, Wednesday at Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

The Lady Flames scored 223 points on Wednesday and trail FGCU by just seven points as the Eagles have scored 230 points so far. Incarnate Word sits in third with 196 points, followed by Georgia Southern (125) and Gardner-Webb (104) in fourth and fifth.

Team Standings
1. FGCU – 230
2. Liberty – 223
3. Incarnate Word – 196
4. Georgia Southern –125
5. Gardner-Webb – 104
6. Howard – 102
7. Campbell – 98
8. North Florida – 94
9. UNC Asheville – 57

Liberty A Finalists
• 800 freestyle relay – 1st place (Eva Suggs (1:49.14), Hannah Baker (1:48.01), Emily Manly (1:51.28), Emma Hazel (1:49.98) – 7:18.41

• So. Lauren Chennault – Three-meter diving (6) (2nd place in 294.80)

• So. Olivia Robinson – Three-meter diving (6) (3rd place in 275.30)

• 200 medley relay – 1st place in 1:38.79 (Payton Keiner (24.82), Mikayla Herich (27.90), Brittany Weiss (23.96), Colleen Donlin (22.11))

Notable
• Liberty won the 800 freestyle relay for the third straight year in a row, as Eva Suggs, Hannah Baker, Emily Manly and Emma Hazel went 7:18.41. The Lady Flames beat second-place FGCU by 3.83 seconds.

• This is the second year in a row that Liberty has taken second and third in the three-meter diving, as Robinson was last year's runner-up and Chennault finished third in 2019.

• Liberty has won the 200 medley relay at three out of the last four CCSA Championships after winning in 1:38.79 tonight.

Historically Speaking
• Keiner led off Liberty's winning 200 medley relay in 24.82, which is the fastest 50 backstroke in program history. She broke her own program record of 24.96 which she set at the 2018 CCSA Championships.

• Liberty's 800 free relay time of 7:18.41 ranks fifth in program history.

• The Lady Flames' 1:38.79 ranks third in program history for the 200 medley relay. 

• The last time the CCSA Championships were held at Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center was 2014, when the Lady Flames captured their first-ever CCSA title.

Up Next
The 2020 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships continue tomorrow, when individual swimming events begin. Tomorrow's morning preliminary heats start at 10 a.m., with the 500 freestyle. Day two also features the 200 individual medley, 50 free and 200 free relay, with finals beginning at 6 p.m.