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Lady Flames Claim 2nd Place at Home Invitational

November 18, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Mikayla Herich won the 1,650 freestyle on Sunday.

Mikayla Herich won the 1,650 freestyle on Sunday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team closed out the fall portion of its competition schedule by placing second at the Liberty Invitational, which wrapped up on Sunday at the Liberty Natatorium.

Navy won the meet with 2,770 points, while Liberty, hosting an in-season invitational for the first time, scored 1,831 points for second place. James Madison (1,650) edged Campbell (1,603.5) for third, while Georgia Southern (1,392.5) finished fifth.

Liberty A Finalists
• R-So. Mikayla Herich – 1,650 freestyle (1st place in 16:50.16)
• So. Arielle Arnett – 1,650 freestyle (4th place in 17:02.20)
• So. Payton Keiner – 200 backstroke (4th place in 2:01.64)
• Fr. Emma Hazel – 200 backstroke (6th place in 2:03.20)
• Fr. Gianni Pitto – 200 breaststroke (2nd place in 2:18.84)
• Sr. Alicia Finnigan – 200 butterfly (1st place in 1:56.33)
• So. Lindsey Cohee – 200 butterfly (3rd place in 2:01.11)
• Fr. Olivia Robinson – Platform diving (1st place in 229.58)
• Fr. Lauren Chennault – Platform diving (2nd place in 223.80)
• Fr. Abigail Egolf-Jensen – Platform diving (3rd place in 216.90)
• Fr. Allison Van Milligan – Platform diving (5th place in 132.68)
• 400 freestyle relay – 7th place in 3:30.00 [Payton Keiner (52.73), Emily Zimcosky (52.82), Brittany Weiss (52.44), Colleen Donlin (52.01)]

• Olivia Robinson set a new program record in platform diving, scoring an NCAA Zone Qualifying 229.58 to win the final. She is now qualified for the Zone Diving Meet on all three boards, while Lauren Chennault is qualified for Zones in one-meter and three-meter springboard.

• Alicia Finnigan's winning time of 1:56.33 in the 200 fly earned her an NCAA Division I B cut. That time currently ranks in the top 20 nationally among NCAA Division I swimmers.

• Mikayla Herich led the 1,650 freesetyle from start to finish, and became the fourth Lady Flame in program history to break 17:00 in the 1,650 free.

• Liberty won three events tonight, giving the Lady Flames six individual-event victories on the weekend. Tonight, the Lady Flames received victories from Herich (1,650 free), Finnigan (200 fly) and Robinson (platform diving). On Saturday, Finnigan (100 fly) and Gianni Pitto (400 IM) both turned in winning times. Friday, Lauren Chennault won the one-meter springboard diving.

• The Lady Flames earned a total of 11 A Finals appearances in individual events between swimming and diving tonight.

• Liberty will host the 2019 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, Feb. 20-23 at the Liberty Natatorium. This weekend's invitational gave teams a preview of the championship format.

Historically Speaking
• Robinson (229.58), Chennault (223.80), Egolf-Jensen (216.90) and Van Milligan (132.68) took over first through fourth place, in that order, in program history in platform diving.

• Herich's 16:50.16 in the 1,650 freestyle ranks fourth in program history, while Arnett's 17:02.20 ranks fifth. Ashley Sennett is 11th in program history with 18:03.80 in the 1,650 freestyle.

• Pitto moved into sixth place in program history with her 2:18.84 in the 200 breaststroke.

• By swimming 2:03.20 in tonight's A Final of the 200 backstroke, Emma Hazel now ranks ninth on the program's all-time top 10 in the event.

Up Next
Lady Flames who have attained qualifying marks will compete in the USA Swimming Winter National Championships, held in Greensboro, N.C. from Nov. 28 through Dec. 1.