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Lady Flames Sweep UNCW Quad Meet to Conclude Regular Season

January 31, 2015  Wilmington, N.C.  RSS
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Junior Kristin VanDeventer won two events on Saturday at the UNCW Quad Meet.

Junior Kristin VanDeventer won two events on Saturday at the UNCW Quad Meet.

The Liberty swimming & diving team concluded its regular season with a sweep of the UNCW Quad Meet, held Saturday at UNCW's Seahawk Natatorium.

The Lady Flames downed the host Seahawks for the second day in a row, 190-107, while defeating Georgia Southern, 186-101, after besting the Eagles on Friday night. Liberty outscored College of Charleston, 219-67.

With five wins this weekend in Wilmington, Liberty closed out its regular season slate at 13-4, 4-1 against league opponents. UNCW is now 4-14, while Georgia Southern holds a 7-6 record and College of Charleston has gone 1-10 this season.

Liberty is now 6-2 all-time against the Eagles, 2-0 versus the Seahawks and 1-0 against the Cougars.

On the afternoon, Liberty won nine out of 12 individual events, while capturing both relay races. Juniors Kristin VanDeventer (500 free, 1,000 free) and Kendall Hough (100 free, 100 back) earned two victories apiece. Senior Meghan Babcock (50 free), freshman Kendall Hart (100 fly), freshman Prudence Rooker (200 IM), sophomore Victoria Tschoke (200 back) and junior Hannah Wakeley (200 fly) all won one race.

Liberty's A 200 medley relay of Tschoke, Rooker, Hart and Babcock claimed victory in 1:44.84.

VanDeventer led a 1-2 finish for the Lady Flames in the 1,000 free, swimming a season-best 10:24.77. Freshman Sarah Browning followed in second at 10:35.45.

The Lady Flames took first, second and fourth in the 100 back, led by Hough's 56.70. Tschoke placed second at 57.09, while senior Emily Duff earned fourth place in 57.90.

Wakeley outpaced the field in the 200 fly, clocking a 2:06.48 for the triumph.

Babcock won the 50 free in a season-best 23.82, while Hough came in second, in 24.04 and senior Cori Gary took fourth with a time of 24.55.

Hough pocketed her second win of the day in the 100 free, touching the wall in 52.02. Babcock (52.82), Gary (52.91) and freshman Chelsea Pond (53.39) finished third through fifth, respectively.

Liberty claimed the first two spots in the 200 back, led by a season-best 2:02.59 from Tschoke. Duff swam 2:04.58, good for second position.

VanDeventer earned a second victory, winning the 500 free in 5:06.63. Wakeley (season-best 5:07.71) and Browning (5:13.94) followed in third and fourth, in that order.      In addition to her victory in the 200 medley relay, Hart won the 100 fly with a 57.48 clocking.

Rooker swam 2:08.65 to win the 200 individual medley. Tschoke (2:10.96) and freshman Rachel Wasko (2:11.87) took third and fourth, respectively.

The Lady Flames concluded the meet with a 1-2 sweep of the 400 free relay, with the senior quartet of Chloe Thomas, Duff, Gary and Babcock winning in 3:30.90.

Liberty's 200 free contingent finished in second through fifth, in that order. Gary claimed second with a season-best 1:55.16, followed by Pond (1:55.38), Wasko (1:56.19) and freshman Ashlee Sall (1:56.44).

Rooker clocked a 2:26.04 for second in the 200 breaststroke, while Wasko placed fifth, at 2:30.10. Rooker earlier earned third place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.85.

Freshman Madi Long placed fifth in both the 1-meter (184.05) and 3-meter (171.75) springboard events.

The Lady Flames now turn their attention to the 2015 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, where Liberty looks to defend its conference championship. The championship meet will be held from Feb. 18-21, at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.