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Liberty Heads to Final Day at CCSA Championships with Sizeable Lead

February 21, 2020  Knoxville, Tenn.  RSS
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Payton Keiner won the 100 backstroke in program-record 52.60 tonight.

Payton Keiner won the 100 backstroke in program-record 52.60 tonight.

The Liberty swimming & diving team will take a 136-point lead into the last day of the 2020 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships following a strong showing Friday at Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

 The defending champion Lady Flames have scored 1,134 points, 136 points clear of FGCU (998). Incarnate Word is in third (753.5), and UNC Asheville sits in fourth with 518 points.

Team Standings
1. Liberty – 1,134

2. FGCU – 998
3. Incarnate Word – 753.5
4. UNC Asheville – 518
5. Gardner-Webb – 483
6. Campbell – 461.5
7. North Florida – 452
8. Georgia Southern – 346
9. Howard – 249

Liberty A Finalists
• 400 medley relay – 1st place ((Payton Keiner (52.68), Mikayla Herich (1:01.32), Brittany Weiss (53.94), Hannah Baker (49.02)) – 3:36.96

• Jr. Lindsey Cohee – 100 butterfly (6th place in 55.02)

• So. Shelby Haines – 100 butterfly (8th place in 56.30)

• R-Jr. Mikayla Herich – 400 IM (1st place in 4:13.29)

• Jr. Kiah Francis – 400 IM (7th place in 4:26.08)

• Fr. Eva Suggs – 200 freestyle (1st place in 1:47.82)

• Sr. Hannah Baker – 200 freestyle (2nd place in 1:48.48)

• So. Emma Hazel – 200 freestyle (3rd place in 1:49.75)

• Jr. Emily Manly – 200 freestyle (6th place in 1:51.48)

• Fr. Jessica Schellenboom – 100 breaststroke (2nd place in 1:02.06)

• So. Chloe Rippey – 100 breaststroke (5th place in 1:04.01)

• Jr. Payton Keiner – 100 backstroke (1st place in 52.60)

• Sr. Brittany Weiss – 100 backstroke (2nd place in 53.41)

• So. Lauren Chennault – one-meter diving (6) (1st place in 284.65)

• So. Abigail Egolf-Jensen – one-meter diving (6) (3rd place in 274.30)

• So. Olivia Robinson – one-meter diving (6) (5th place in 264.00)



Notable
• The Lady Flames posted 16 top-eight finishes on Friday, including 10 podium finishes, five event victories, two program records and three NCAA B cuts. Through three days, the Lady Flames have totaled 19 top-three finishes, nine event victories and five NCAA B cuts.

• Liberty won the 400 medley relay for the third year in a row, and fourth time in program history.

• Liberty posted its first-ever 1-2-3 event finish in CCSA Championships history, as Eva Suggs won the 200 free in 1:47.82, followed by Hannah Baker (1:48.48) and Emma Hazel (1:49.75).

• Sophomore Lauren Chennault gave Liberty is first-ever CCSA diving event victory, winning one-meter springboard with a score of 284.65. Abigail Egolf-Jensen earned her first career podium finish, placing third with 274.30 points.

• Keiner won the 100 backstroke in program-record, NCAA B cut time of 52.60, breaking Weiss' record of 52.81, set in 2018. Weiss took second tonight in B cut 53.41. It was the 10th 1-2 finish by Liberty swimmers in CCSA Championships history.

• Herich earned her second title of the meet and program-record-tying fourth CCSA individual event victory for her career, claiming the 400 IM in NCAA B cut and program-record 4:13.29. She beat FGCU's Liz Zeiger by nearly seven seconds. Herich also broke Gianni Pitto's program record of 4:15.06, set at last year's championship.

• Freshman Jessica Schellenboom picked up her first career podium finish, placing second in the 100 breastroke in 1:02.06, while Chloe Rippey placed fifth in 1:04.01.

• Junior Lindsey Cohee finished sixth in the 100 fly for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, sophomore Shelby Haines earned her first career A Final finish, placing eighth in the 100 fly.

Historically Speaking
• In addition to Herich's record-setting 400 IM, Rippey's 4:31.66 places her 10th on Liberty's all-time top 10 performers list in the event.

• Suggs' 1:47.82 ranks third in program history in 200 free, while Hazel moved up to seventh in program history with her 1:49.75. The Liberty sophomore became the 10th swimmer in program history to break 1:50 in the 200 free.   

• Schellenboom is now ranked fifth in program history in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.06) while Chloe Rippey is ranked ninth in 1:04.01.

• Keiner (2019, 2020) and Weiss (2017, 2018) have combined to win each of the last four CCSA titles in the 100 backstroke. Keiner is now tied with Herich, Emilie Kaufman (2013-14) and Jess Reinhardt (2013-14) for the program record with four career CCSA individual event victories.

• Liberty's 3:36.96 in the 400 medley relay is third on the team's top 10 performers list all-time.

Up Next
Tomorrow's fourth and final day of the CCSA Championships begins at 10 a.m. with prelims of the 200 backstroke, and also includes heats of the 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 free relay and 1,650 freestyle. Exhibition platform diving will also take place tomorrow.