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Swimming star Alicia Finnigan wins outstanding student-athlete award

May 3, 2019 : Liberty University Athletics

Liberty University women’s swimming & diving senior Alicia Finnigan received the 2019 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award announced on April 29 as part of Liberty Athletics’ annual FLAMESPY Award show. The award honors the top graduating senior student-athlete at Liberty.

The award encompasses more than just athletic ability; it recognizes a student-athlete who has maintained an exemplary Christian testimony on the playing field, in the classroom, and among the student body.

The Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award was established in 1974 in honor of a former coach and athlete. Royer, Liberty's first football coach, died in November 1973 in a plane crash. Mac Rivera was a member of Liberty’s basketball team from 1972-75 and died from a fall.

This season, Finnigan helped the Lady Flames earn their second conference title in program history. She won the 200 butterfly at the CCSA Championships as a sophomore, junior, and senior and posted a program-record 10 career podium finishes. She holds the program record for the 200 fly and was named the 2018 CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year.

Finnigan competed well on the national stage, scoring three times at USA Swimming National meets. She placed fifth in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2018 USA Swimming Winter Nationals. In 2016, Finnigan competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and she has already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials. She also participated at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships as both a sophomore and junior.

She was named the 2018 NCAA ELITE 90 Award Winner for having the top GPA of any student-athlete competing at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

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