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February 19, 2013
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The Liberty swimming team will compete at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, held in Athens, Ga., from Thursday through Saturday.

Liberty will compete in the 2013 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimming & Diving Championships, held Thursday through Saturday at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

The meet will follow the NCAA championship's three-day format, with trials in the morning and finals during the night session each day. The Lady Flames competed in the Hokie Fall Invitational in November, giving them a look at the championship meet format. A total of 13 teams will compete in this year's conference championship.

The Lady Flames, in their third year as a swimming program, will look for continued success. The team placed second at the 2012 CCSA Championships, trailing only Florida Gulf Coast, which won its fourth conference crown in a row last season.

At last year's conference meet, Liberty had 13 medal-winning performances, five event victories, six NCAA B cuts, 16 program records, three meet and conference records, and numerous lifetime bests.

Brye Ravettine was named 2012 CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Meet and CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year. She then went on to become Liberty's first NCAA Division I swimming All-American when she placed 13th in the 50 free at NCAA Division I Women's Swimming Championship.

Head Coach Jake Shellenberger was voted 2012 CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year for guiding Liberty's second-year women's swimming team to a very successful campaign.

Liberty will be a top contender against Florida Gulf Coast this season as well, as the Lady Flames went 14-2 in dual meets this season, including 9-1 in conference competition. Most recently, Liberty went 5-0 at the Davidson Duals, defeating five CCSA opponents at the meet.

Other top teams at the CCSA Championships should include Georgia Southern, Davidson, North Florida, Gardner-Webb and College of Charleston.

Five relays will be contested at the meet, and the Lady Flames took either first or second in all five relays last season, including victories in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Florida Gulf Coast won the remaining three relay races a year ago.

Emilie Kaufman, a junior transfer from Rutgers, has made an immediate impact, setting Liberty's records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. She was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week three times, tied for the most by a CCSA swimmer this year.

Cori Gary was named CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 31, after winning both the 100 and 200 free against Marshall.

As was the case last year, many records and lifetime-best times should be expected this weekend, as the team has aimed to peak at the conference championships.

All three days of the CCSA Championships will be video streamed live via the Big South Network. Also, for the third consecutive year, LibertyFlames.com will post a live blog highlighting continuous meet action. Visit LibertyFlames.com for links and more information.

An event-by-event preview of individual events follows. Please note that the entries listed are those which appear on the pre-scratch psych sheet, and are subject to change. Each swimmer may only appear in three individual events. For instance, Florida Gulf Coast's Emma Svensson and Julie Leth-Espensen would be the top seeds in four events apiece, but may only swim three.

2013 CCSA Championships
February 21-23
Gabrielsen Natatorium
Athens, Ga.
Schedule of Events
Day 1 – Trials (10 a.m.)

200-yard Freestyle Relay "B"
10-minute intermission
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
20-minute intermission
400-yard Medley Relay "B"
One-meter Diving (1:30 p.m. Women)
Three-meter Diving (1:30 p.m. Men)

Day 1 – Finals (6 p.m.)
200-yard Freestyle Relay "A"
One-meter Diving (Women)
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
Three-meter Diving (Men)
400-yard Medley Relay "A"

Day 2 – Trials (10 a.m.)
200-yard Medley Relay "B"
10-minute intermission
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
20-minute intermission
800-yard Freestyle Relay "B"
One-meter Diving (1:30 p.m. Men)

Day 2 – Finals (6 p.m.)
200-yard Medley Relay "A"
10-minute intermission
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
One-meter Diving (Men)
800-yard Freestyle Relay "A"

Day 3 – Trials (10 a.m.)
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
20-minute intermission
400-yard Freestyle Relay "B"
1,650-yard Freestyle-All but last heat of time finals
Three-meter Diving (1:30 p.m. Women)

Day 3 – Finals (6 p.m.)
1,650-yard Freestyle-Last heat of time finals
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
Three-meter Diving (Women)
400-yard Freestyle Relay "A"

Scoring
Scoring will follow the NCAA championships rules.
Individual events will be scored as follows: 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Relay events will be scored as follows: 40-34-32-30-28-26-24-22-18-14-12-10-8-6-4-2

Day 1 – Feb. 21, 2013
500-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Eva Lehtonen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 4:54.42
Championship Meet Record: Leah Daniel (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/17/2011 – 4:48.22
Conference Record: Leah Daniel (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/17/2011 – 4:48.22
2012-13 Leader: Eva Lehtonen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 4:52.19
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Emily Duff – 5:12.76
Liberty Entrants: Emily Duff, Hannah Wakeley, Emily Mudd, Sarah Kendrick
Outlook: Defending champion Eva Lehtonen of Florida Gulf Coast has the CCSA's top 500 free time so far this season, at 4:52.19. Lehtonen's teammate, Lindsey Meeder, and Gardner-Webb's Madison Dinsmore, are the only other conference swimmers to break five minutes so far this season. Liberty's Emily Duff finished ninth in the 500 last season, and has swum 5:12.76 in 2012-13.

200-yard Individual Medley
2012 Champion:
Victoria Cadge (Florida Gulf Coast) – 2:03.17
Championship Meet Record: Myriam Plante (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/17/2011 – 2:01.55
Conference Record: Julie Leth-Espensen (Florida Gulf Coast), 11/30/2012 – 2:00.68
2012-13 Leader: Julie Leth-Espensen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 2:00.68
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Emilie Kaufman – 2:04.35 (2nd)
Liberty Entrants: Emilie Kaufman, Laura Day, Jennifer Garzinski, Katie Shoemaker, Emily Mudd
Outlook: Florida Gulf Coast has won the 200 IM at all five CCSA Championships so far. Victoria Cadge, the 2009 and 2012 champion in the 200 IM, has graduated. FGCU freshman Jullie Leth-Espensen holds the conference record, at 2:00.68. Liberty's Emilie Kaufman has the second fastest time in the conference, at 2:04.35, and will challenge Leth-Espensen. Campbell's Kylie Warne (2:05.16) appears to be another top contender.

50-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Brye Ravettine (Liberty) – 22.19
Championship Meet Record: Brye Ravettine (Liberty), 2/16/2012 – 22.19
Conference Record: Brye Ravettine (Liberty), 2/16/2012 – 22.19
2012-13 Leader: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast) – 22.73
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Brye Ravettine – 23.29 (3rd)
Liberty Entrants: Brye Ravettine, Cori Gary, Meghan Babcock, Chloe Thomas, Jess Reinhardt, Ranndi Grubbs, Rachel Nelson, Sarah McCorkle, Mallorie Chambers
Outlook: Brye Ravettine and Florida Gulf Coast's Emma Svensson renew their rivalry as the top two CCSA sprinters. All eight of last year's 50 free A finalists return to the meet. Ravettine won the 50 free in a conference-record 22.19 last season, followed by Svensson (22.85) and Liberty's Cori Gary (22.87), who all swam NCAA B cuts. This season, Svensson has the top 50 free time in the CCSA, at 22.73, followed by Sarah Graif of College of Charleston (23.05), Ravettine (23.29) and Georgia Southern's Elaina Lanson (23.36). Gary is seventh in the conference with a season best of 24.02.

Day 2 – Feb. 22, 2013
400-yard Individual Medley
Defending Champion:
CJay Wiley (Gardner-Webb) – 4:23.63
Championship Meet Record: Rosy Murray (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/20/2009 – 4:18.73
Conference Record: Julie Leth-Espensen (Florida Gulf Coast), 11/30/2012 – 4:15.32
2012-13 Leader: Julie Leth-Espensen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 4:15.32
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Hannah Wakeley – 4:39.51
Liberty Entrant: Hannah Wakeley
Outlook: Florida Gulf Coast freshman Julie Leth-Espensen has set the conference record in the 400 IM, at 4:15.32. Kylie Warne of Campbell is second on the psych sheet (4:24.68), over nine seconds behind Leth-Espensen, while Campbell freshman Sarah Jabusch is third, at 4:25.71.

100-yard Butterfly
Defending Champion:
Bethany Wakeley (Liberty) – 54.77
Championship Meet Record: Emily Castle (Davidson), 2/18/2011 – 54.46
Conference Record: Emily Castle (Davidson), 2/18/2011 – 54.46
2012-13 Leader: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast) – 54.78
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Jess Reinhardt – 55.33 (2nd)
Liberty Entrants: Jess Reinhardt, Bethany Wakeley, Ranndi Grubbs, Rachel Nelson, Katie Shoemaker, Sarah Kendrick
Outlook: Liberty freshman Jess Reinhardt, at 55.33, has the second fastest 100 fly time in the conference, behind only Emma Svensson of Florida Gulf Coast (54.78). Liberty's Bethany Wakeley won the 100 fly in last year's conference meet, in 54.77. Wakeley's fastest time this season is 57.57. Freshman Giorgie Graves of Gardner-Webb has gone 55.59 in 2012-13, good for third in the CCSA.

200-yard Freestyle
2012 Champion:
Leah Daniel (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:50.20 (also 2011 champion)
Championship Meet Record: Lyn Ann Nelson (North Florida), 2/20/2009 – 1:47.52
Conference Record: Lyn Ann Nelson (North Florida), 2/20/2009 – 1:47.52
2012-13 Leader: Eva Lehtonen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:49.43
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Cori Gary – 1:54.40 (13th)
Liberty Entrants: Cori Gary, Bethany Wakeley, Sarah McCorkle, Kendall Hough, Emily Mudd, Meghan Babcock
Outlook: Two-time defending 200 free champion Leah Daniel of Florida Gulf Coast has ended her stay in the CCSA. Florida Gulf Coast swimmers have posted the top five 200 free times this season, led by Eva Lehtonen's 1:49.43. Cori Gary holds Liberty's best entry time, at 1:54.40. Gary won the 200 free at each of Liberty's final two regular-season meets this year.

100-yard Breaststroke
Defending Champion:
Kristen Bates (Georgia Southern) – 1:02.30
Championship Meet Record: Danielle Beaubrun (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/18/2011 – 1:02.21
Conference Record: Danielle Beaubrun (Florida Gulf Coast), 11/30/2012 – 1:01.46
2012-13 Leader: Danielle Beaubrun (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:01.46
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Emilie Kaufman - 1:01.85 (2nd)
Liberty Entrants: Emilie Kaufman, Laura Day, Mallorie Chambers
Outlook: Each of the last two 100 breaststroke champions returns, in Georgia Southern's Kristen Bates (2012) and Danielle Beaubrun of Florida Gulf Coast (2011). Beaubrun swam 1:01.46 on Nov. 30, breaking the previous CCSA record, set by Liberty's Emilie Kaufman (1:01.85) on Nov. 15. Bates has the third fastest time in the CCSA, at 1:02.79. On Jan. 5 in Fort Myers, Fla., Kaufman edged Beaubrun, 1:04.20 to 1:04.27, with Bates finishing third at 1:06.41.

100-yard Backstroke
Defending Champion:
Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast) – 54.01
Championship Meet Record: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/17/2012 – 54.01
Conference Record: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast), 11/18/2011 – 53.88
2012-13 Leader: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast) – 54.80
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Emily Duff – 57.69 (5th)
Liberty Entrants: Emily Duff, Brye Ravettine, Chloe Thomas, Kendall Hough, Jennifer Garzinski
Outlook: Emma Svensson returns to defend her 2012 title in the 100 backstroke, with a top time of 54.80 this year. Liberty's Emily Duff, last year's third-place finisher, has the fifth fastest 100 back time (57.69) in the conference this season. Brye Ravettine is also a strong contender in this event, placing second to Svensson last season. Other top competitors are Florida Gulf Coast's Jennifer Morgan (55.32) and Heather Coutts (56.89) and College of Charleston's Sarah Boyle (57.47).

Day 3 – Feb. 23, 2013
1,650-yard Freestyle
2012 Champion:
Leah Daniel (Florida Gulf Coast) – 16:49.91 (four-time 1,650 champion)
Championship Meet Record: Leah Daniel (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/21/2009 – 16:36.14
Conference Record: Leah Daniel (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/21/2009 – 16:36.14
2012-13 Leader: Kylie Warne (Campbell) – 16:53.46
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Hannah Wakeley – 17:40.40 (11th)
Liberty Entrant: Hannah Wakeley
Outlook: For the first time in four years, there will be a new champion in the 1,650 free, as four-time champion Leah Daniel of Florida Gulf Coast has graduated. Campbell's Kylie Warne (16:53.46) is the only CCSA swimmer to break 17:00 this season. Liberty will enter a swimmer in the 1,650 at the CCSA meet for the first time, as Hannah Wakeley is 11th in the conference at a program-record 17:40.40.

200-yard Backstroke
Defending Champion:
Sarah Boyle (College of Charleston) – 2:00.00
Championship Meet Record: Viktoria Hyddmark (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/21/2009 – 1:58.33
Conference Record: Jennifer Morgan (Florida Gulf Coast), 11/30/2012 – 1:57.32
2012-13 Leader: Jennifer Morgan (Florida Gulf Coast) – 1:57.32
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Emily Duff – 2:04.33 (4th)
Liberty Entrants: Emily Duff, Kendall Hough, Jennifer Garzinski
Outlook: Sarah Boyle won the 200 back last year, becoming College of Charleston's first CCSA event winner in women's swimming. She is back this season, although Jennifer Morgan of Florida Gulf Coast has the fastest time in the CCSA this season by over five seconds, at a conference-record 1:57.32. Liberty's Emily Duff is ranked fourth with a season-best time of 2:04.33. Duff took third at last year's conference meet.

100-yard Freestyle
Defending Champion:
Brye Ravettine (Liberty) – 49.33
Championship Meet Record: Lindsey Martin (Davidson), 2/19/2011 – 48.95
Conference Record: Lindsey Martin (Davidson), 2/19/2011 – 48.95
2012-13 Leader: Emma Svensson (Florida Gulf Coast) – 50.33
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Cori Gary – 51.78 (6th)
Liberty Entrants: Cori Gary, Brye Ravettine, Chloe Thomas, Meghan Babcock, Marley Cripe, Sarah McCorkle, Kendall Hough, Mallorie Chambers
Outlook: Brye Ravettine will aim to repeat as victor in the 100 free, and has the eighth fastest seed time this season. FGCU's Emma Svensson, last year's runner-up, has the conference's top time at 50.33 this season. College of Charleston has a pair of strong 100 free athletes in Sarah Graif (50.95 – 2nd in CCSA) and Jayme Groth (51.58 – 4th). Liberty's Cori Gary is seeded sixth, at 51.78, after finishing fifth last season.

200-yard Breaststroke
Defending Champion:
Courtney Harrison (Georgia Southern) – 2:18.17
Championship Meet Record: Kim Zachensky (Gardner-Webb) – 2:14.83
Conference Record: Julie Leth-Espensen (Florida Gulf Coast), 11/30/2012 – 2:13.19
2012-13 Leader: Julie Leth-Espensen (Florida Gulf Coast) – 2:13.19
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Emilie Kaufman – 2:19.12 (2nd)
Liberty Entrants: Emilie Kaufman, Laura Day
Outlook: The 200 breaststroke could be another showdown between Emilie Kaufman of Liberty and Julie Leth-Espensen of Florida Gulf Coast. Leth-Espensen set the CCSA record at 2:13.19 on Nov. 30, while Kaufman's fastest time this season is 2:19.12. Meredith Nakano, from Davidson,  has the third seed, at 2:19.93, while FGCU's Dani Beaubrun and Gardner-Webb's Charity Byrum are tied for fourth, with 2:20.49. In head-to-head action this year, on Jan. 5, Leth-Espensen (2:22.65) narrowly beat Beaubrun (2:22.93) and Kaufman (2:23.18).

200-yard Butterfly
2012 Champion:
Danielle Butler (Florida Gulf Coast) – 2:01.41
Championship Meet Record: Margie Chamberlain (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/21/2009 – 2:01.08
Conference Record: Margie Chamberlain (Florida Gulf Coast), 2/21/2009 – 2:01.08
2012-13 Leader: Meredith Nakano (Davidson) – 2:01.87
Liberty's Top Entry Time: Jess Reinhardt – 2:08.03 (15th)
Liberty Entrants: Jess Reinhardt, Hannah Wakeley, Bethany Wakeley, Ranndi Grubbs, Katie Shoemaker, Rachel Nelson, Sarah Kendrick
Outlook: Danielle Butler (Florida Gulf Coast) has graduated, leaving a new champion to be crowned. Davidson's Meredith Nakano is seeded first, in 2:01.87, followed by Florida Gulf Coast's Eva Lehtonen (2:01.94) and Campbell's Kylie Warne (2:04.03). Liberty's Jess Reinhardt has swum 2:08.03 this season, while teammate Bethany Wakeley, last year's runner-up, has clocked 2:10.65.