The Liberty swimming & diving team is currently in sixth place following day one of the Frank Elm Invite, Friday at the RU Aquatics Center.
The Lady Flames scored 234 points on the opening night of competition, putting them nine points ahead of Wagner. Navy leads the meet with 518.5 points, followed in second by Northeastern, with 416. Columbia (387), Rutgers (306.5) and Central Connecticut (248) round out the top five.
The meet features a similar event program as the 2017 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships. However, unlike the conference championships, the Rutgers Invitational allows for unlimited entries, leading to multiple relays and extra individuals scoring per school.
Liberty placed third in the 200 free relay to begin the evening finals session. The quartet of Hannah Baker, Rachel Hoeve, Prudence Rooker and Brittany Weiss clocked the team's fastest 200 free relay of the season, 1:33.74.
Hoeve finished fourth overall in the 50 free final, at 23.56 after swimming 23.46 in prelims. Baker clocked 23.64 in the morning before earning seventh overall with a 23.71 in the A Final. Colleen Donlin took 28th overall with her 24.04 D Final swim, while Weiss earned 31st in 24.34. Ricki Lee Hodges (24.35 – 34th), Chelsea Pond (24.46 – 40th), Danielle Booth (24.53 – 42nd), Corrilynn Lynch (25.52 – 68th), Siani Null (25.74 – t-72nd) and Rachel Rippey (25.94) also completed morning swims in the 50 free.
Rooker earned a B Final appearance in the 200 individual medley, clocking 2:04.87 in the evening for 10th place. Taylor Lynch claimed 47th in 2:13.01, while Victoria Tschoke swam 2:14.17 to take 49th place and Morgan Wiegner finished 60th in 2:18.39.
Delia Weber clocked 5:00.89 in the 500 free C final to earn 19th place. Her time puts Weber seventh on Liberty's all-time top performer list for 500 free. Alicia Finnigan placed 26th overall in 5:02.89, while Ashlee Sall (5:09.23 – 30th) and Morgan Noonan (5:09.72 – 32nd) also made the D Final. Morning prelims saw Elizabeth Magnusson swim 5:13.13 for 48th, Dani Jordan take 57th in 5:15.94, Shelby Black clock 5:19.05 for 59th and Caroline Allen's 5:37.25 effort plac3 64th.
Jenna Joyal won the B Final in three-meter diving, taking ninth place overall with a season-best 195.95.
Liberty's A 400 medley relay of Tschoke, Rooker, Weiss and Hoeve finished 11th with a season-best 3:51.47.
The Lady Flames return to the RU Aquatics Center tomorrow, for day two of the Frank Elm Invite. Tomorrow's program opens at 10 a.m., with prelims of the 400 individual medley. Evening finals will begin at 5 p.m., and day two concludes with the 800 free relay finals.