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Liberty Earns 2016 CCSA Runner-Up Finish

February 20, 2016  Athens, Ga.  RSS
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Liberty Earns 2016 CCSA Runner-Up Finish

Liberty earned a runner-up finish for the second year in a row, taking second at the 2016 CCSA Championships, which finished on Saturday at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Florida Gulf Coast claimed its second title in a row and seventh out of the last eight seasons. The Eagles scored 1,670 points, while Liberty took runner-up honors for the second year in a row, with 1,358 points. Georgia Southern (925), Gardner-Webb (898) and Campbell (715) rounded out the top five.

For the day, Liberty had 18 finals swims (11 A finals, five B finals and two C finals), three NCAA B cuts, six podium finishes (five individual, one relay) and one program record. Liberty made the podium in every event on Saturday. On the meet as a whole, the Lady Flames posted 16 podium finishes (11 individual, five relay), nine NCAA B cuts and three program records.


Liberty got the evening off to a good start, as Kristin VanDeventer swam a lifetime-best 16:49.89 to place third in the 1,650 free. Her time is the second best in program history. Hannah Wakeley swam 17:04.37 to take sixth place. Ashlee Sall's lifetime-best 17:20.78 was good for 12th place overall. Dani Jordan swam a personal-best 17:11.45 while swimming as an exhibition.

Victoria Tschoke finished as runner-up in the 200 back in a B cut time of 1:58.11, her first career podium finish. Natalie Beale placed fourth with a 1:59.65 clocking, good for fourth. Ashley Mauzy went 2:10.42 to gain 16th position overall.

Kendall Hough earned her seventh career CCSA medal, and third this week, finishing third in the 100 free in B cut 49.45. Rachel Hoeve swam 51.34 for eighth. Chelsea Pond (51.35) and Elizabeth Magnusson (51.93) took 11th and 15th, respectively. Shelby Black turned in a lifetime-best time of 51.69 for 18th, while Ricki Lee Hodges went 52.94 for 23rd overall.

Prudence Rooker scored her second medal of the meet with a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.79. Morgan Noonan went 2:18.27 for sixth, while Anna Dickinson swam a lifetime-best 2:18.94 in finishing eighth.

Alicia Finnigan claimed a runner-up for 200 fly, recording a lifetime-best and NCAA B cut 1:59.53. Wakeley placed fifth in 2:02.38. Ranndi Grubbs clocked 2:05.92 in the B final, for 12th place.

The Lady Flames wrapped up the meet with a second-place performance in the 400 free relay. Hough (50.12), Beale (50.45), Rooker (50.47) and Pond (50.29) combined for a 3:21.33 time, the third best in program history.     

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Tschoke swam an NCAA B cut and lifetime-best 1:57.88 to qualify second in the 200 back, while Beale's 1:59.65 earned her the third seed. Mauzy finished 16th in prelims, making the evening B final with a 2:06.65 clocking.

Hough broke Brye Ravettine's program record in 100 free qualifying, earning the first seed with an NCAA B cut, lifetime-best 49.06. Hoeve qualified in eighth with a personal-best 51.23. Pond (51.46 – 11th) and Magnusson (51.91 – 16th) both made the B final. Black swam a personal-best 52.10 for 18th, while Ricki Lee Hodges' best time of 52.38 was 22nd. Danielle Boothe clocked a lifetime-best 51.74 as an exhibition swimmer, while Siani Null touched in 53.63.

Liberty placed three in the 200 breaststroke A final, led by Rooker's fourth-place qualification in 2:17.14. Noonan turned in a best time, 2:17.14, good for fourth, while Dickinson qualified seventh in a personal-best 2:19.27. Morgan Weigner swam 2:27.29 during prelims.

Finnigan clocked a lifetime-best 2:00.81, qualifying fourth for the 200 fly, while Wakeley swam 2:02.72 for sixth. Grubbs touched the wall in 2:06.19 to make it 15th overall, in the B final.

Tomorrow, select members of the team will compete in a long-course meter time trial meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium. The meet, which begins at 9 a.m., will give the Lady Flames opportunities to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.