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Lady Flames Race Into Lead After Day 1 at CCSA Championships

February 20, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames Race Into Lead After Day 1 at CCSA Championships

The Liberty swimming & diving team staked itself to a lead after day one of the 2019 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, Thursday at Liberty Natatorium.

The Lady Flames scored 245 points, earning four podium finishes and one event victory for the night. Incarnate Word is in second place with 244 points, followed by Georgia Southern with 197 points.

Team Standings
1. Liberty – 245

2. Incarnate Word – 244
3. Georgia Southern – 197
4. FGCU – 135
5. UNC Asheville – 134
6. Howard – 122
7. Campbell – 120
8. Gardner-Webb – 110
9. North Florida – 102

Liberty A Finalists
• 200 medley relay – 2nd place (Payton Keiner (25.65), Ricki Lee Hodges (27.78), Brittany Weiss (23.88), Colleen Donlin (22.53)) - 1:39.84

• Fr. Olivia Robinson – One-meter diving (6) (2nd place in 272.30)

• Fr. Lauren Chennault – One-meter diving (6) (3rd place in 256.75)

• Fr. Abigail Egolf-Jensen – One-meter diving (6) (7th place in 200.55)

• 800 freestyle relay – 1st place (Hannah Baker (1:48.95), Emily Zimcosky (1:46.66), Emily Manly (1:48.15), Mikayla Herich (1:49.70) – 7:13.46

Notable
• Liberty won the 800 freestyle relay for the second year in a row, as Hannah Baker, Emily Zimcosky, Emily Manly and Mikayla Herich went 7:13.46. The Lady Flames beat second-place UNC Asheville by 10.96 seconds.

• The Lady Flames earned top three finishes in diving at the CCSA Championships for the first time in program history, as Olivia Robinson took second place and Lauren Chennault, third in one-meter diving.

• Liberty had won the 200 medley relay at the conference meet in both 2017 and 2018 before finishing second in 1:39.84 tonight.

• This is the first time that a member school has hosted the CCSA Championships.

Historically Speaking
• Liberty's 800 free relay time of 7:13.46 ranks second on the program's all-time top 10 in the event.

• The Lady Flames' 1:39.84 ranks sixth in program history for the 200 medley relay. 

Up Next
The 2019 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships continue tomorrow, when individual swimming events begin. Tomorrow's morning preliminary heats start at 10 a.m., with the 500 freestyle. Day two also features the 200 individual medley, 50 free, three-meter diving and 200 free relay, with finals beginning at 6 p.m.