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Liberty's Keiner Selected to Compete in NCAA Championships

March 4, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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Payton Keiner was selected to compete in the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Payton Keiner was selected to compete in the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

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Liberty junior Payton Keiner has been selected to compete in the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

The 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will be hosted by Georgia at the Gabrielsen Natatorium, March 18-21 in Athens, Ga.   

Keiner will be making her second appearance at the NCAA Championships, as she competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke at nationals as a freshman in 2018. Keiner joins Alicia Finnigan (2017-18) and Jess Reinhardt (2013-14) as the only two Lady Flames to date to compete in multiple NCAA Championships.

This is the sixth time in 10 years of the program's history that at least one Lady Flame will compete in the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. The Lady Flames have had two All-America honorable mention finishers, in Brye Ravettine (13th in 50 free, 2012) and Reinhardt (10th in 100 fly, 2014).

Keiner will swim in the 100 backstroke on March 20, followed by the 200 backstroke the following night. She solidified her spot at nationals with a conference-, meet- and program-record 200 backstroke time of 1:52.63 which she clocked while winning the A Final at the CCSA Championships. That time puts her 17th on the psych sheet in 200 backstroke. Keiner also posted a B cut in the 100 backstroke (program-record 52.60) in her A Final victory at the CCSA meet, a time which is the 31st fastest in the event this season.

At the 2020 CCSA Championships, Keiner won both the 100 and 200 backstroke for the second year in a row. She is tied for the program record with five individual event victories all-time at CCSA Championships.

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Keiner is the program record holder in the 50 back (24.82), 100 back (52.60) and 200 back (1:52.63), all set at the 2020 CCSA Championships.