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Liberty Swimming & Diving to Hold 3rd Annual Liberty Last Chance Meet

February 27, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will host the third annual Liberty Last Chance Meet.

Liberty will host the third annual Liberty Last Chance Meet.

The Liberty swimming & diving team will host the Liberty Last Chance Meet for the second year in a row, held Saturday at the Liberty Natatorium.

This weekend's meet will give swimmers and divers a chance to improve on their national seeding in advance of next week's selections to the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Saturday will begin with morning prelims at 10 a.m. The top qualifiers will compete in evening finals.

Liberty earned 10 NCAA B cut times at the 2020 CCSA Championships, as the Lady Flames won their third conference title and second in a row. The Lady Flame set program records for most podium finishes (29) and event victories (14) at a CCSA Championship.

 Selections for the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will be announced at noon next Wednesday. The top 38 or 39 individuals in each event will be selected to compete in the national meet, which will take place March 18-21 in Athens, Ga.

Twice in the last three years, Liberty swimmers have earned their inclusion in the NCAA Championship field through times attained at a last chance meet. In 2017, Alicia Finnigan punched her ticket in the 200 fly at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. Two years ago, Finnigan (200 fly) and Payton Keiner (200 back) both earned their national meet selections at the Liberty Last Chance Meet.

Note – the last invited times listed here refer to the 2019 NCAA Championships. Actual last invited times for this year will be determined next week.

Payton Keiner swam a program-, conference- and meet-record 1:52.63 in the 200 backstroke on Saturday night, almost certainly clinching her spot at nationals as it only took 1:54.01 to make it last year. She is currently ranked 14th in the event nationally. Should she be selected to compete in the 200 backstroke, she would have the opportunity to swim the 100 back as well, due to her B cut in that event.

Brittany Weiss' 53.41 from last week ranks 90th in the nation in 100 backstroke, and it took 52.46 to earn selection in the event in 2019.

Colleen Donlin is ranked 104th at present in the 50 freestyle with her lifetime-best 22.64 from last Thursday.

Emma Hazel (1:56.53) and Eva Suggs (1:56.75) are 102nd and 111th, respectively, in the 200 backstroke.

Weiss' 49.50 is currently ranked 123rd in the 100 freestyle. The 2019 last invited time was 48.56.

Herich has the 102nd fastest 200 IM time, at 1:59.34, and it took 1:56.76 to make it last season. She is 62nd in the 400 IM at 4:13.29, and 4:10.00 was the last invited time in 2019.

Any swimmer who gets invited in an event will also be able to swim any other events in which they attained a B cut.

Liberty has had athletes invited to the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships five times (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), twice scoring points. In 2012, Liberty's Brye Ravettine finished 13th in the 50 free to become the team's first All-American. Then in 2014, Liberty became the first CCSA team to send a relay to nationals, as its 200 medley relay competed. Also that year, Jess Reinhardt took 10th in the 100 fly and Liberty tied for 43rd in the final team standings. In 2018, Alicia Finnigan contested the 100 fly and 200 fly, while Payton Keiner swam the 100 back and 200 back.