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Liberty Remains in 2nd After CCSA Championships Day 3

February 17, 2017  Athens, Ga.  RSS
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Alicia Finnigan

Alicia Finnigan

Liberty maintains its second-place standing heading into the final day of the 2017 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships after a solid third day, Friday at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Two-time defending champion Florida Gulf Coast leads with a three-day total of 1,120.5 points, while Liberty is second with 935 points. Georgia Southern (640.5), Gardner-Webb (600) and Incarnate Word (582.5) round out the top five in the team standings.

On the day, Liberty posted five podium finishes (four individual, one relay), including one event victory, along with four NCAA B cuts and one program record.

Brittany Weiss provided a major highlight for the evening, winning the 100 back A Final in program-record, NCAA B cut time 53.42. She is the first swimmer in program history to win the 100 back at the CCSA Championships. Victoria Tschoke (55.23) took fifth, while Danielle Boothe (56.20) and Rachel Hoeve (56.89) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Alicia Finnigan posted a second-place finish in the 100 fly, swimming a lifetime-best NCAA B cut time of 53.74. That time puts her second on the program's all-time top 10. Weiss swam a B cut, 54.15, finishing fifth in the A Final. Ashley Mauzy tied for second in the B Final, finishing in a tie for 10th overall in lifetime-best 56.02, while Shelby Black took 12th with her personal-best 56.07 at night.

Prudence Rooker swam a lifetime-best, B cut 1:01.61 to place second in the 100 breaststroke, while Ricki Lee Hodges' best time, 1:03.57, was good for fifth. Morgan Noonan clocked 1:04.43 in the B Final, taking 11th overall.

The Lady Flames' Hannah Baker earned a 200 free podium finish, claiming third place in 1:49.37. Chelsea Pond followed in fourth at 1:50.08, while Ashlee Sall (lifetime-best 1:50.55) and Delia Weber (1:51.24) took sixth and seventh. Elizabeth Magnusson won the B Final in personal-best 1:49.84, earning ninth overall, while Colleen Donlin's best time of 1:51.08 placed 11th. Shelby Black went 1:52.18 for 13th place.

Taylor Lynch, competing in the B Final of the 400 individual medley, placed 13th overall with a season-best 4:35.21.

Liberty's 400 medley relay placed second in 3:39.75, with the quartet of Weiss (54.37), Rooker (1:01.43), Finnigan (53.39) and Baker (50.56) combining for the runner-up finish.

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Lynch opened the morning by qualifying 15th overall in the 400 IM with a time of 4:37.87.

Finnigan then clocked a lifetime-best, NCAA B cut 54.14 to earn the first seed in the 100 fly. Weiss followed in seventh, making the A Final at 54.97. Mauzy (13th – 56.31) and Black (14th – 56.73) both made the B Final by turning in then personal bests.

The Lady Flames had a standout morning in the 200 free, placing four in the A Final, led by Pond in third at 1:50.50. Baker qualified fourth in 1:50.53, while Sall's 1:50.59 was good for sixth and Delia Weber came in seventh at 1:51.07. Liberty also earned three B Finals swims from Magnusson (9th – 1:51.70), Black (11th – 1:52.19) and Donlin (t-14th, lifetime-best 1:52.88). Corrilynn Lynch swam a best time of 2:01.50 while exhibitioning the event.

A pair of Lady Flames contributed top-eight times in the 100 breaststroke, as Rooker went 1:02.49 for second position and Hodges swam 1:03.62 for fifth. Noonan touched the wall in 1:05.75, qualifying 14th. Morgan Weigner, swimming an exhibition, clocked a 1:05.89.

The 100 backstroke saw four Liberty swimmers in the top eight. Weiss' 54.23 was second-best, and met the NCAA B standard. Hoeve came in fourth in lifetime-best 55.37, while Tschoke (7th – 55.50) and Boothe (8th – personal-best 55.52) also made the A Final. In earlier heats, Siani Null (57.97) and Caroline Allen (58.31) both achieved personal-best times.

The Lady Flames remain in second position heading into Saturday's fourth and final day of competition. Tomorrow's morning preliminary session begins at 10 a.m. with trials of the 200 backstroke, and also includes heats of the 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 fly, 400 free relay and 1,650 free.