After the conclusion of the Liberty swimming & diving team's 2014-15 season, Nick Pierce of the Liberty Flames Sports Network had the chance to catch up with head coach Jake Shellenberger.
The Liberty swimming and diving team posted another successful season, finishing second in the CCSA standings at the 2015 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. It marked the fourth year in a row that the Lady Flames posted a top-two finish at the conference meet, a run highlighted by Liberty's first-ever CCSA title in 2014.
This season, the Lady Flames posted a 13-4 record in regular-season dual-meet action. Liberty recorded wins over Oregon State, 2015 CAA runner-up James Madison and Richmond, who went on to win the Atlantic 10 title for the fifth year in a row.
The Lady Flames received three Swimmer of the Week nods from the CCSA this season, in junior Kendall Hough, freshman Prudence Rooker and senior Meghan Babcock.
Following the season, Liberty was honored with the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award, earning a 3.37 team GPA during the fall 2014 semester. Liberty has now received CSCAA academic honors during each of the past seven semesters. Additionally, 21 Lady Flames were named to the CCSA All-Academic Team.
On the CCSA meet as a whole, the Lady Flames registered 11 podium finishes (six individual, five relay), six program records and seven NCAA B cuts.
Junior Kendall Hough had a standout season, culminating with three podium finishes at the 2015 CCSA Championships. She placed second in the 100 back, and third in both the 50 free and 100 free. She became the fourth Lady Flame all-time to earn top-three finishes in three separate individual events at the same CCSA Championships, joining Brye Ravettine (2012, 2013), Emilie Kaufman (2013, 2014) and Jess Reinhardt (2014).
Senior Emily Duff capped her career with her seventh CCSA individual medal, placing second in the 200 back in program-record NCAA B cut time of 1:56.50. Duff is one of five seniors who will graduate, joined by Meghan Babcock, Cori Gary, Jennifer Garzinski and Chloe Thomas. Babcock and Gary both swam B cut times in qualifying during the 50 free at the CCSA meet this season.
Sophomore Victoria Tschoke came through with a pair of NCAA B cut swims at the conference meet, in the 100 back and 200 back.
Program records set at 2015 CCSA Championships 1000 free - Hannah Wakeley (10:06.55) 1650 free - Hannah Wakeley (16:45.43) 50 Back - Kendall Hough (24.97 - L) 100 Back - Kendall Hough (53.98) 200 Back - Emily Duff (1:56.50) 400 IM - Emily Duff (4:19.56)
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