Scores & Schedule Close keyboard_arrow_down

Team News

Liberty Downs Marshall, 177-123, to Complete Season Sweep

January 20, 2018  Huntington, W.Va.  RSS
|   Share
Lindsey Cohee won both the 100 and 200 fly on Saturday at Marshall.

Lindsey Cohee won both the 100 and 200 fly on Saturday at Marshall.

Liberty completed a season sweep of Marshall, defeating the Thundering Herd, 177-123, Saturday at Marshall's Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.

With the win, Liberty is now 9-2, while Marshall falls to 3-5 on the campaign.

The Lady Flames have won all four meetings all-time against Marshall, including two victories this season. Last Saturday, Liberty defeated Marshall, 160-140, in a tri-meet that also included UNC Asheville.

In Saturday's meet, Liberty won 12 swimming events, including 10 individual races and both relays. Marshall countered with two individual victories in swimming and two in diving.

Defending CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week Prudence Rooker had a standout meet, winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM. All three of her individual-event clockings were the fastest by any Lady Flame in that particular event so far this season. Hannah Baker won the 200 freestyle for the fourth meet in a row, as her 1:52.24 is the fastest 200 freestyle by a Liberty swimmer this season. Brittany Weiss has now won the 100 backstroke six straight times she has entered it, while Lindsey Cohee won both the 100 fly and 200 fly.

Liberty opened the meet by claiming the 200 medley relay in 1:44.79. The team of Payton Keiner, Rooker, Weiss and Colleen Donlin combined for the winning mark.

Marshall then took the first three places in the 1000 free, led by Anna Lynch's 10:10.94. Emily Manly followed in fourth place at 10:42.45.

Baker edged out Marshall's Catherine Bendziewicz twice today, beginning in the 200 free. Baker touched in 1:52.24, and Bendziewicz stopped the clock in 1:52.33.

The Lady Flames then went on a streak of four straight 1-2 finishes. Weiss pocketed the 100 backstroke victory in 56.15, while Keiner took second in 56.58.

Rooker began her individual events with a win in the 100 breaststroke, swimming 1:03.99. Ricki Lee Hodges placed second in 1:05.98, and Kiah Francis finished fourth at 1:07.35.

Lindsey Cohee picked up the 200 fly victory with a 2:02.74 clocking, and teammate Alicia Finnigan was runner-up in 2:03.06.

For the second week in a row, Liberty's top two 50 freestylers were separated by just .01 of a second. Donlin swam a winning time of 24.18 and Baker touched just after Donlin in 24.19.

Marshall then placed first and second in three-meter diving. Liberty's Amy Schools finished fourth with 166.58 points, while Ellen Tart scored 134.06 points for fifth place.

Baker pulled off another narrow victory over Bendziewicz, this time in the 100 free, as the Liberty sophomore edged her out, 52.58 to 52.63. Donlin (52.93) and Chelsea Pond (53.09) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Keiner clocked 2:01.77 to earn victory in the 200 backstroke, while Manly took third place in 2:07.50.

Rooker turned in her first sub-2:20 200 breaststroke time of the season, taking first in 2:18.91. Morgan Noonan (2:24.94) and Francis (2:25.66) finished third and fourth.

Marshall's Lynch won the 500 free in 5:00.62, more than six seconds ahead of Finnigan (5:07.08) in second.

Cohee completed her butterfly sweep, winning the 100 fly in 57.24, while teammate Ashley Mauzy earned runner-up honors in 57.91.

Schools was Liberty's top finisher in one-meter diving, scoring 164.03 points for third place.

Rooker closed out her three-victory afternoon in the 200 IM with a winning mark of 2:06.06. Francis clocked 2:10.11 for fourth place.

Liberty capped a successful meet by going first and second in the 400 freestyle relay. The A relay of Pond, Rachel Hoeve, Weiss and Baker won in 3:29.71.

The Lady Flames return to Lynchburg, where they will host a tri-meet with VMI and George Mason, next Friday and Saturday. Friday's action will begin with the Liberty Natatorium Grand Opening, and swimming & diving events start at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature an alumnae reunion and senior day ceremonies, with action in the pool starting at 11 a.m.