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    January 31, 2015 Alexandria, Va. RSS |

    Liberty University freshman Lydia Miller captured a gold medal in the women’s coxswain 500-meter race in 1 minute, 55.1 seconds to highlight the Lady Flames’ performance at Saturday’s Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, Va.

    She was one of 16 members of Liberty’s men’s and women’s crew teams who demonstrated their power and endurance and put their stroke technique to the test on indoor rowing machines set up in the gym of T.C. Williams High School, where thousands of collegiate, high school, and adult rowers competed.

    “This was a great opportunity to measure up individually with other rowers from local schools in Virginia,” Liberty Head Coach Sarah Morris said, noting Georgetown, from Washington, D.C., was the top team in the competition. “It was a 2,000-meter race on the ergometer indoors, so it was fun to watch everyone racing up close.”

    In the freshmen men’s category, Tyler Seelig rowed a personal record time of 7 minutes, 19.3 seconds for the Flames.

    “Tyler Seelig did a phenomenal job this weekend,” Morris said. “He has really stepped up and is pushing himself to the next level.”

    Among Liberty’s freshman women competitors, Kendra Dowdy set the pace with a time of 8:20.4 followed by Sarah Catto (8:36.1) and Hayley Edmundson (8:40.0).

     Two Flames sophomores competed in the lightweight college men category, with Trevor Prescott finishing in 7:08.9 followed closely by Kevin Brown in 7:09.3. In the lightweight college women division, Lady Flames junior Rachel Williams led the way in 8:31.5 followed by sophomore teammate Abby Sweeney (8:45.1) and junior Ana Rodriguez (8:47.3).

    Sophomore Joshua Herts was Liberty’s lone competitor in the college open men race, completing the 2,000-meter workout in 6:57.6.

    Meanwhile, the Lady Flames entered five contestants in the college open women division, paced by sophomore Debbie Martin, who finished in 7:39.1. Fellow sophomores Carolyn Oliveria Nascimento (8:17.4),

    Emily Berguson (8:30.9), and Caitlyn Parr (8:35.0) also raced along with senior Haley Halstead (8:45.0).

    Liberty’s next indoor test is the Colonial Erg Sprints, hosted by the College of William & Mary, Feb. 28 in Williamsburg, Va.