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Liberty Vaults Into Lead with Outstanding 2nd Day at CCSA Meet

February 20, 2020  Knoxville, Tenn.  RSS
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Mikayla Herich won the 200 IM for the second year in a row at the CCSA Championships, doing so in program-record time.

Mikayla Herich won the 200 IM for the second year in a row at the CCSA Championships, doing so in program-record time.

Liberty made a big move on Thursday, vaulting into the lead with a 358-point showing on day two at the 2020 CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

The defending champion Lady Flames trailed FGCU by seven points after day one, 230-223. However, Liberty outscored the Eagles 358-208 today to take a commanding 581-438 lead over FGCU. Incarnate Word sits in third with 394 points, followed by Garnd-Webb (280) in fourth.

Team Standings
1. Liberty – 581

2. FGCU – 438
3. Incarnate Word – 394
4. Gardner-Webb – 280
5. UNC Asheville – 256.5
6. Campbell – 244.5
7. North Florida – 218
8. Georgia Southern – 214
9. Howard – 143

Liberty A Finalists
• 200 freestyle relay – 1st place in 1:30.35 (Payton Keiner (23.11), Hannah Baker (22.46), Brittany Weiss (22.44), Colleen Donlin (22.34))

• Fr. Eva Suggs – 500 freestyle (2nd place in 4:54.14)

• So. Emma Hazel – 500 freestyle (4th place in 4:55.09)

• Jr. Emily Manly – 500 freestyle (7th place in 4:58.90)

• R-Jr. Mikayla Herich – 200 IM (1st place in 1:59.34)

• Fr. Jessica Schellenboom – 200 IM (4th place in 2:03.30)

• Jr. Lindsey Cohee – 200 IM (7th place in 2:04.86)

• Sr. Colleen Donlin – 50 freestyle (2nd place in 22.64)

• Sr. Hannah Baker – 50 freestyle (3rd place in 22.78)

• Jr. Payton Keiner – 50 freestyle (4th place in 23.04)

• Sr. Brittany Weiss – 50 freestyle (5th place in 23.11)

Notable
• Liberty posted 11 top-eight finishes on Thursday night, including five podium finishes, two event victories, one program record and two NCAA B cuts. Through two days at the championships, the Lady Flames have totaled nine top-three finishes, four event victories, two program records and two NCAA B cuts.

• Liberty made it 3-for-3 in winning relays so far at the meet, taking first in the 200 free relay. This is the second time in the last three years that Liberty has won the 200 free relay.

• Mikayla Herich swam a program-record, NCAA B cut time of 1:59.34 to win the 200 IM. She broke her own record of 1:59.82, set at the 2019 CCSA Championships. It was Liberty's third straight year winning the 200 IM at the conference meet and Herich's second 200 IM title in a row. Jessica Schellenboom's lifetime-best 2:03.30 was good for fourth place.

• Colleen Donlin swam a personal-best NCAA B cut time of 22.64 to place second in the 50 free for the second year in a row, good for her third straight 50 freestyle podium placing. Hannah Baker took third in 22.78, her fourth career podium finish. Keiner finished fourth in 23.04, followed by Weiss (23.11) in fifth.

• Freshman Eva Suggs earned her first career individual podium appearance, placing second in the 500 freestyle in a personal-best 4:54.14. Emma Hazel swam a lifetime-best 4:55.09 for fourth.

Historically Speaking
• The Lady Flames' 200 free relay time of 1:30.35 is fourth on the program's top 10 list.

• Suggs moves up to 10th in program history with her lifetime-best 4:54.14 in the 500 freestyle.

• In addition to Herich's program record in the 200 IM, Schellenboom moved into seventh in program history with a 2:03.30. 

• Donlin's 22.64 places her second on Liberty's all-time top 10 performers list in the 50 free. Additionally, Keiner swam 22.95 in prelims, becoming the ninth Lady Flame all-time to break 23 seconds in the 50 freestyle.

Up Next
Tomorrow's action on day three of the 2020 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships begins at 10 a.m. with preliminary heats of the 100 fly. Friday's program will also feature the 400 individual medley, 200 free, one-meter diving, 100 breaststroke, 100 back and 400 medley relay.