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Lady Flames Travel to Utah for 1st Time, Compete at BYU

November 6, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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Liberty swimming & diving will compete in the state of Utah for the first time in program history, competing at BYU on Friday and Saturday.

Liberty swimming & diving will compete in the state of Utah for the first time in program history, competing at BYU on Friday and Saturday.

The Liberty swimming & diving team will compete in the state of Utah for the first time in program history, taking on BYU on Friday and Saturday at Richards Building Pool in Provo, Utah.

The meet will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern time, and Saturday's session will start at 1 p.m. ET. The meet will feature head-to-head dual meet scoring.

The Lady Flames' trip will also allow them to cheer on the Liberty football team, who will be playing at BYU on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Liberty (4-1) will take on the host Cougars (4-0), along with UC Davis (3-1) and Dixie State (0-0).

Liberty's CCSA Award Winners this Season
So. Abigail Egolf-Jensen – CCSA Women's Diver of the Week (Oct. 15)

Team Notes
• Liberty opened the home portion of its schedule with a 203-134 win over UNC Asheville on Oct. 25-26. The Lady Flames are 11-0 all-time in dual meets at the Liberty Natatorium.

• Liberty earned its 100th win in program history to open this season, defeating St. Bonaventure 269.5-82.5 at the Penn State Sprint Fest on Oct. 4.

• The Lady Flames are 27-1 in their last 28 dual meets.

• Liberty has won each of its last 17 dual meets against CCSA opponents, beginning Jan. 14, 2017 at UNC Asheville.

• 10th-year Head Coach Jake Shellenberger has led the Lady Flames from the program's inception. He has posted a 103-31 dual-meet record, being named CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year three times (2012, 2014, 2019). His teams have gone 54-14 all-time against CCSA competition.

• Liberty won its second-ever CCSA title in 2019, and first since 2014. The Lady Flames scored a meet-record 1,859.5 points while ousting four-time defending champion FGCU by nearly 200 points. It came five years to the day after Liberty's first championship.

• The state-of-the-art Liberty Natatorium opened on Dec. 1, 2017 with the Central Virginia Duals, and was dedicated on Jan. 26, 2018 with an official ceremony. The Liberty Natatorium provides one of the best venues for collegiate swimming and diving in the nation, with a Olympic-sized competition pool and separate diving well and seating for 1,400 spectators in a wraparound setting.

• Liberty's diving program made a dramatic rise last season, led by 2019 CCSA Women's Diving Coach of the Year Tori Wood. Liberty divers contributed 225 points at the 2019 CCSA Championships. Also, then freshmen Lauren Chennault, Abigail Egolf-Jensen and Olivia Robinson became the first three divers in program history to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships.

• A program-record six Lady Flames earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors last season, in Lauren Chennault, Abigail Egolf-Jensen, Alicia Finnigan, Mikayla Herich, Payton Keiner and Olivia Robinson.

• A total of 13 current Lady Flames have posted CCSA podium finishes in their career, led by four from Payton Keiner. Hannah Baker and Mikayla Herich have both earned three top-three finishes, while Lauren Chennault, Lindsey Cohee, Colleen Donlin, Emily Manly, Olivia Robinson and Brittany Weiss have two podium finishes each. Arielle Arnett, Emma Hazel, Kiah Francis and Emily Zimcosky have each posted one podium finish.

Student-Athlete Notes
• A total of 15 different Lady Flames have recorded at least one individual-event victory this season, after Lauren Chennault (one-meter, three-meter diving), Lindsey Cohee (100 fly, 200 fly) and Abigail Egolf-Jensen (platform diving) picked up their first wins of the season against UNC Asheville.

• Junior Payton Keiner, a three-time CCSA champion, is the CCSA leader in 100 back (55.46) and 200 back (2:00.18). The 2018 Most Outstanding Freshman of the CCSA Meet, she holds the CCSA record in the 200 back (1:53.68).

• Senior Brittany Weiss is a two-time CCSA champion in the 100 back, winning in program-record 52.81 in 2018. She was named the 2017 Most Outstanding Freshman of the CCSA Meet. Weiss leads the CCSA in 100 IM (58.31) this season.

• Redshirt junior Mikayla Herich holds program records in the 1650 free (16:37.35) and 200 IM (1:59.82) after winning both events at the 2019 conference meet. She set a program record at last year's CCSA Championships by scoring 101 points.

• Senior Hannah Baker set Liberty's record in the 200 free (1:46.55 – L) in 2018. She is one of three Liberty captains this season, joined by Colleen Donlin and Kendal Irwin. Baker's 51.63 for 100 free is the third fastest in the CCSA so far this year.

• Sophomore Olivia Robinson, the 2019 VaSID State Rookie Diver of the Year, scored the most points by a Liberty diver at the 2019 CCSA Championships (62), taking second in both one-meter and three-meter. She holds Liberty's record for platform diving (229.58). Robinson has already qualified for the 2020 Zone Championships in one-meter diving, scoring 267.80 at Penn State.

• Sophomore Lauren Chennault enters the season as Liberty's program record holder in one-meter (289.43) and three-meter (317.85) diving. Chennault posted two third-place finishes at the 2019 CCSA meet. She broke her own program record in one-meter diving against UNC Asheville, and has qualified for 2020 Zone Championships in both one-meter and three-meter.

• Freshman Eva Suggs' 1:51.77 is the second fastest 200 free by a CCSA swimmer so far in 2019-20.

• Sophomore Abigail Egolf-Jensen qualified for the 2020 Zone Championships in three-meter diving (283.50) against UNC Asheville.

Matchup Highlights
• Liberty is 2-0 all-time against BYU in swimming & diving, as the Lady Flames defeated the Cougars 232-118 on Oct. 26-27, 2018 and also downed BYU 219-173 at the 2016 Intermountain Shootout. It was BYU's first competition at Liberty in any sport.

• The Lady Flames are 4-0 all-time in the Mountain Time Zone, defeating BYU, Air Force, Utah and Colorado Mesa at the 2016 Intermountain Shootout.

• BYU placed fourth at the 2019 MPSF Championships with 525.5 points. Current Cougars Gwen Gustafson (50 free – 22.49) and Kaela Call-Harries (platform diving – 254.65) hold program records. 

• UC Davis finished second at the 2019 MPSF Championships with 613.5 points. Current Aggie Taylor Hornberger (one-meter diving – 297.15; three-meter diving – 312.55) holds two program records.

 • Dixie State finished third at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships with 620.5 points. 

Up Next     
The Lady Flames will host an in-season invitational for the second year in a row, as the TYR '85 Invite will take place Nov. 22-24 at the Liberty Natatorium.

Order of Events
Nov. 8, 2019

1. 400 Medley Relay
2. 1000 Freestyle
3. 100 IM
4. 200 Freestyle
5. 100 Backstroke
6. 100 Breaststroke
7. 200 Butterfly
8. 50 Freestyle
9. 800 Freestyle Relay
10. One-meter diving (concurrent with swimming)
11. Three-meter diving (concurrent with swimming)

Nov. 9, 2019
12. 400 Medley Relay
13. 100 Freestyle
14. 200 Backstroke
15. 200 Breaststroke
16. 500 Freestyle
17. 100 Butterfly
18. 200 IM
19. 200 Freestyle Relay
20. Five-meter diving (concurrent with swimming)