Flames finish second to Georgia Tech, host of April 8-10 CCS Nationals, at Clemson Invitational
Liberty University’s men’s swim team started its Spring Break by placing second to Georgia Tech in Saturday’s Tigertown Invitational, a “Last Chance” meet hosted by third-place Clemson University.
The Flames totaled 696 points to land behind the Yellow Jackets (812 points), who will host the April 8-10 College Club Swimming (CCS) National Championships in Atlanta, and ahead of the Tigers (503) as well as UNC Charlotte (239), Western Carolina (56), University of Tennessee Chattanooga (41), and UNC Wilmington (7).
Liberty’s 200-yard medley relay team of senior Matt Davidson (back stroke), junior Carter Helsby (breast stroke), junior Zach Mallory (butterfly), and sophomore Jordan Stackpole (free style) finished first in 1 minute, 40.36 seconds.
The Flames entered six of the eight contestants in the 500 freestyle and six of nine swimmers in the 200 free, with senior Robert Boehme winning both events in 4:52.35 and 1:49.10, respectively. Boehme also led a 1-3-4 Flames finish in the 200 individual medley in 2:00.62, followed by Davidson (third, 2:03.59), and freshman Tyler Suchyj (fourth, 2:09.32).
Freshman Joey Boehme won the 400 IM in 4:29.99 after Davidson won the 100 IM in 54.16 with Kolter placing third in 57.16 and Mallory fifth in 58.17.
Liberty’s 200 free relay of Boehme, freshman Trent Kolter, Mallory, and Davidson finished second in 1:28.83, and Boehme (fourth, 22.65) and Kolter (sixth, 23.03) paced the Flames in the 50 free.
Tristan Roach finished fifth in the 100 free in 52.06 followed by fellow freshman Sam Quintana (seventh in 52.16).
Kolter was runner-up in the 50 butterfly in 24.67 and Roach placed third in the 100 breast stroke in 1:02.38. Liberty had four of the top eight finishers in the 50 breast, paced by freshman Cairns Edmonson (second, 28.55).
Freshman Christian Kanis placed third in the 100 back (1:00.73) and fourth in the 50 back in 27.99.
Liberty’s all-freshman 400 free relay team of Carson Chesnut, Christopher Ingle, Roach, and Suchyj came in third behind Georgia Tech and Clemson in 3:35.66.
The Flames have qualified the majority of their 22-man team for CCS nationals at the same aquatic complex used for the swimming events at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, where approximately 1,800 swimmers from more than 120 schools will compete. They are in the midst of a four-day, high-intensive training period over Spring Break in Charleston, S.C.