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Finnigan to Compete at Phillips 66 National Championships

June 26, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Finnigan to Compete at Phillips 66 National Championships

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Liberty sophomore Alicia Finnigan will compete in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, Tuesday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Finnigan earned her spot in Indianapolis by swimming 2:14.05 for 200 fly at The Poseidon Last Chance Invitational in Richmond, Va., last June. That swim also qualified her to compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, where she finished 44th.   

Finnigan's entry time of 2:14.05 is 28th-best among the 71 entrants in the 200 meter butterfly prelims. She will swim in the sixth heat out of nine at 9 a.m.

A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Finnigan will be competing for a place at the 2017 FINA World Championships, held July 23-30 in Budapest, Hungary. This week's meet will also help with selection for the 2017 World University Games, held Aug. 20-27 in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

The Lady Flames have had at least one swimmer compete at the national or international level each of the last seven years. Two Liberty swimmers have scored points at USA Swimming-sponsored national meets. Brye Ravettine placed 17th in the 50 free at the 2011 AT&T USA Swimming Winter National Championships, while Emilie Kaufman finished 13th in the 100 breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. Open.

How to Follow the Action
Fans can follow the meet through live results and live video streaming, both courtesy of USASwimming.org. Links to both are available on the swimming schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. Select preliminary heats will be aired on a taped-delay basis from 7-8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday on the NBC Sports Network.

Preliminary heats for each event will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern each day. The top 16 times from preliminaries in each event advance to that evening's final round. In order to automatically qualify for the FINA World Championships, a swimmer has to finish first in an event's final and meet the qualifying standard. Team USA will then be filled out according to selection procedures, for the World Championships, World University Games and World Junior Championships.

Finnigan will compete in the 200 fly prelims tomorrow at 9 a.m. If she records one of the eight fastest times, she will appear in the championship (A) final at night. Finishing ninth through 16th would qualify her for the consolation (B) final. Scoring will be a 16 place basis. Individual events will be scored: 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

During the collegiate season, Finnigan had a sensational sophomore campaign. A two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, she set the program and conference record in the 200 yard fly at 1:56.15 at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. She went on to compete at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, placing 31st in the 200 fly and 50th in the 100 fly. Finnigan won the 200 fly at the 2017 CCSA Championships, one of three podium finishes for the sophomore at this year's conference meet. In addition to her records in the 200 fly, she also ranks second in program history in the 100 fly, third in 400 IM and fourth in 500 free.

The Field
The 200 meter butterfly features a strong field, with 37 returnees from last year's Olympic trials 200 fly. Additionally, 22 of this year's competitors took part in the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships in the 200 fly. A total of five swimmers in the 200 fly, including the top three seeds, are currently members of Team USA at either the senior or junior levels.

Hali Flickinger holds the top seed, 2:06.67. Flickinger placed seventh in the 200 fly at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Second-seeded Cassidy Bayer (2:07.97) placed third at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and is verbally committed to Cal. Hannah Saiz, the defending U.S. Open 200 fly champion, is seeded third at 2:09.61. Ruby Martin is the only remaining swimmer in the field to break 2:10, at 2:09.96. Katie McLaughlin, seeded fifth out of Cal, was runner-up at the 2017 NCAA Championships, while U.S. National Team member and defending NCAA 200 fly champion Ella Eastin of Stanford is seeded seventh.