Sophomore co-captain Sarah McCorkle will aid the Liberty swimming team, as the Lady Flames close out their regular season this weekend.
Liberty will conclude its 2011-12 regular-season swimming schedule this weekend, swimming at Gardner-Webb on Friday at 6 p.m. before competing in the Davidson Duals on Saturday at 1 p.m. During the weekend, Liberty (5-2, 2-1 CCSA) faces the teams that finished second (Davidson), third (Gardner-Webb) and fourth (Georgia Southern) at the 2011 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship. Liberty, along with Georgia Southern and Davidson, were listed among those receiving consideration in both CollegeSwimming.com mid-major national rankings this season. The Lady Flames open the weekend by facing Gardner-Webb in a dual meet at Bost Pool in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Runnin' Bulldogs claimed the first head-to-head meeting against the Lady Flames, winning 132-73 at Liberty, Nov. 6, 2010. In its most recent dual meet, on Jan. 14, Liberty defeated Duquesne of the Atlantic 10, 143-119. The team also holds dual-meet wins over Marshall and North Dakota, along with league victories over Radford and Campbell. Liberty placed second at the Radford Invitational, Nov. 17-19. The team posted six meet records and three pool records during the three-day event at Radford. Brye Ravettine leads the way for the Lady Flames. She holds top-three times in the CCSA for the 50 free (23.24), 100 free (51.58) and 100 back (58.12). She has eight first-place finishes this season, and has been instrumental in Liberty's relay success. Freshman Erin Curry was named CCSA Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 26 after winning three events during Liberty's season-opening win over Marshall. Curry's classmate, Emily Duff, holds program records in the 1,000 free, 200 back, and 200 and 400 individual medley. Curry has posted seven individual-event victories, while Duff has won five races. Cori Gary has six freestyle victories this season, with Bethany Wakeley earning five butterfly wins. Wakeley (100 and 200 fly), Gary (50 free) and Marley Cripe (100 free) all have top-eight times in the conference.
Gardner-Webb (4-4, 3-2 CCSA) Gardner-Webb is 4-4 in dual meets so far this season, and most recently fell at Davidson, 170-124, last Saturday. The Runnin' Bulldogs defeated conference opponents VMI, North Carolina A&T and Campbell on Nov. 5. Gardner-Webb has 10 top-eight conference performances in individual events this year, and top-three times in four relays. Charity Byrum ranks second in the CCSA in the 100 breast (1:03.65) and 200 IM (2:06.45), and is third in the 200 breast (2:20.04). Faith Kempf is rated second in the 200 fly (2:04.96). Davidson Duals Liberty competes in the Davidson Duals for the second year in a row, meeting six CCSA teams while giving the Lady Flames a look at league competition. Last season, the Lady Flames posted a 2-4 record at the Davidson Duals, a meet with separate scoring for each head-to-head matchup.
Davidson (2-3, 2-0 CCSA) Host school Davidson (2-3) is 2-0 in conference action, defeating College of Charleston and Gardner-Webb. Davidson has recorded 11 top-eight times this year, with two-time CCSA Swimmer of the Week Meredith Nakano posting five of those marks. Nakano is second in the league in the 200 breast (2:19.91) and third in the 100 breast (1:05.26), 100 fly (56.41) and 200 IM (2:06.80).
Campbell (8-11, 6-5 CCSA) Campbell, a team that Liberty defeated in dual-meet action this past fall, is 6-5 in league competition and posted a win at the Radford Invitational. Cheriesse Campbell and Kylie Warne both hold top-eight times in four events. Campbell is fourth in the 1000 free (10:30.07) and 1650 free (17:24.37), while Warne's best placing is third, in the 400 IM (4:29.94).
Georgia Southern (6-3, 4-1 CCSA) Georgia Southern has defeated CCSA teams Campbell, College of Charleston, Gardner-Webb and North Florida this season, with its only league loss coming to Florida Gulf Coast. Elaina Lanson is the third-best 50 free (23.54) competitor in the CCSA, while Kristen Bates has the fifth-best 100 breast time (1:05.34).
Radford (3-7, 2-4 CCSA) Radford, with a 3-7 record, was Liberty's opponent in the Lady Flames' lone home meet this season, which Liberty won, 172-116, on Oct. 28. The Highlanders have beaten conference foes VMI and North Carolina A&T during the current campaign. Radford is eighth in the 200 medley relay in the latest conference rankings.
Howard (2-8, 2-0 CCSA) Howard brings a 2-8 record into the Davidson Duals, earning wins over VMI and North Carolina A&T on Oct. 29. The Bison dropped their last meet to Drexel, and have gone five meets without a victory.
North Carolina A&T (2-5, 2-5 CCSA) North Carolina A&T holds a 2-5 record on the season, beating VMI twice, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5. The Aggies competed against Liberty in the Radford Invitational, finishing in 10th place behind the second-place Lady Flames. North Carolina A&T will swim at Campbell on Friday, before heading to the Davidson Duals on Saturday.
Following this weekend's action, Liberty will next compete in the 2012 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the University of Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium from Feb. 16-18.
Liberty at Gardner-Webb Order of Events 1. 400 Medley Relay 2. 400 Individual Medley 3. 200 Freestyle 4. 50 Freestyle 5. 200 Individual Medley 6. 15 Minute Break 7. 200 Butterfly 8. 100 Freestyle 9. 200 Backstroke 10. 500 Freestyle 11. 10 Minute Break 12. 200 Breaststroke 13. 400 Freestyle Relay
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