Bethany Wakeley and the Lady Flames are currently in sixth place after two days of competition at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships.
Day 2 Prelims Blog Day 2 Finals Blog The Liberty Lady Flames scored 85 points on Day 2 of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships, Friday, to stay in sixth place in the three-day event. Liberty posted three top-eight finishes on the second day of meet action. The Lady Flames now have 184 points, just behind North Florida with 193 points. Florida Gulf Coast is leading the meet with 586.5 points, followed by Davidson (398), Gardner-Webb (314.5) and Georgia Southern (309). The foursome of Brye Ravettine, Amber Kerico, Bethany Wakeley and Sarah McCorkle picked up 28 points in the evening's first event, the 200 medley relay, by finishing fifth with a season-fastest time of 1:46.56. That was six seconds faster than their season best. Ravettine made a name for herself in yesterday's finals by swimming the second-fastest time in CCSA history in the 50 free. Tonight, she earned 15 points for Liberty with her fourth-place performance in the 100 backstroke, clocking a season-best time of 56.57. In the same event, Dani Fletcher, in her CCSA Championships individual finals event debut, placed fifth in the consolation final with a time of 59.81. Wakeley finished eighth in the final of the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 57.31, good for 11 Liberty points. Kerico picked up three Liberty points this evening with a 58.91 time in the consolation finals of the 100 fly, after swimming a season-best prelim time of 58.53 this morning, and finishing seventh in the 100 breaststroke consolation finals (1:07.24). The Lady Flames earned 24 more points in the final event of the night, when Wakeley, Lindsey Romkes, Sarah McCorkle and Emily Mudd teamed up for a seventh-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay. The foursome swam a season-best 7:47.53. In a similar fashion to Thursday's action, many Lady Flames posted season-best times during the preliminary round Friday morning. Five Liberty swimmers clocked their fastest times of the year in the 200 freestyle: Elise Girani (2:05.83), Ginny Mitchell (2:07.22), Kati Masters (2:06.47), Mudd (1:59.77) and McCorkle (1:55.74). McCorkle's time was good for an 18th-place finish, making her an alternate for the finals. The fast swimming continued in the 100 breaststroke, as Dana Nichols (1:16.80), Rachel Walten (1:18.54) and Lauren Garside (1:11.17) swam their fastest times of 2010-11. Finally, Karis Kemper (1:09.72) and Hannah Yacynych (1:06.50) each shaved more than four seconds off their best times in the 100 backstroke. Saturday marks the third and final day of the 2011 CCSA Championships, with the preliminaries again starting at 10 a.m. and the finals taking place at 6 p.m.