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Liberty Posts Season Bests on Day 2 at Virginia Tech Inviational

November 21, 2014  Christiansburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman Kendall Hart placed 24th in the 100 fly on Friday at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

Freshman Kendall Hart placed 24th in the 100 fly on Friday at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

The Liberty swimming & diving team posted several season-best times during day two of the 2014 Virginia Tech Invitational, Friday at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

The Lady Flames are currently in seventh position in a field that includes four teams that were ranked in the first Power Rankings. Host Virginia Tech continues to lead the way, with 922 points, followed by Alabama in second place with 501 points. South Carolina has scored 433 points for third place. Villanova (292) and William & Mary (259) round out the top five. Ohio (224) is sixth, while Liberty is in seventh place with 93 points.

This week's events are in a similar event format as the 2015 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. However, the Virginia Tech Invitational allows for unlimited entries for each team.

Freshman Prudence Rooker swam a season-best 1:05.51 to qualify for the C Final in the 100 breaststroke, where she place 21st overall in 1:05.73. Her time of 1:05.51 is the fourth-best in program history. Classmate Rachel Wasko clocked 1:08.04 for 27th place.

In the 100 fly, freshman Rachel Hart swam her top time of the season, 56.92, and then went 57.47 in the C Final for 24th overall. Hart's 56.92 is ranked fifth on Liberty's all-time top five list. Junior Ranndi Grubbs came in 32nd, at 58.50, while classmate Natalie Beale finished 39th in 59.83. Freshmen Danielle Boothe (1:00.27), Rachel Rippey (1:00.32) and Sydney Archuleta (1:02.60) took 42nd through 44th place, in that order.

Senior Emily Duff picked up a 23rd-place showing in the 400 individual medley, touching the wall in 4:33.81 in the C Final. Freshman Sarah Browning claimed 24th place with a 4:34.80 clocking in the consolation final. Junior Hannah Wakeley went 4:41.39 for 31st position overall.

Liberty's A 800 free relay took 14th place in 7:44.56, as the quartet of Duff, Kristin VanDeventer, Chelsea Pond and Meghan Babcock clocked the fifth-best performance in program history.

The Lady Flames' 200 medley relay team of Kendall Hough, Rooker, Hart and Babcock placed 11th with a season-best 1:44.76.

Sophomore Victoria Tschoke led Liberty's group of participants in the 100 back, taking 28th place in 58.28. Hough finished 36th at 59.40. Archuleta (1:00.67), Beale (1:00.80), senior Chloe Thomas (1:01.12) and Boothe (1:01.18) placed 41st through 44th, in that order. Senior Jennifer Garzinski (1:02.01) and freshman Rachel Rippey (1:03.43) came in 48th and 49th, respectively.

VanDeventer swam 1:55.72 for 45th in the 200 free, followed by Pond (1:55.78) and Babcock (1:56.04) in 46th and 47th position. Freshman Ashlee Sall claimed 51st in 1:56.84, followed directly by classmate Rachel Hoeve in 1:56.86. Senior Cori Gary clocked 2:01.29, finishing 58th.

Liberty concludes its participation at the Virginia Tech Invitational, tomorrow. Day three of the invitational begins at 10 a.m., with 200 backstroke prelims. Tomorrow's finals session starts at 3:30 p.m. with 1650 free finals, and ends with the 400 free relay.