Liberty will host the TYR '85 Invite, Friday through Sunday at Liberty Natatorium.
Liberty will host an in-season swimming & diving invitational for the second year in a row, hosting the TYR '85 Invite, Friday through Sunday at Liberty Natatorium. How to Follow the Lady Flames This weekend's meet will have live results through the website version and also on mobile devices through the MeetMobile app.
The Lady Flames have competed in a mid-season invitational during this corresponding weekend in every year of program history. This weekend's invitational features nine women's swimming & diving teams, including Liberty, Campbell, Duquesne, James Madison, Marshall, Navy, North Florida, Saint Francis (Pa.) and Vanderbilt.
The meet will help the teams preview the format for their conference meets, as there will be morning prelims at 10 a.m. each day and evening finals starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center will host the 2020 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, Feb. 19-22.
Liberty's CCSA Award Winners this Season So. Abigail Egolf-Jensen – CCSA Women's Diver of the Week (Oct. 15)
Team Notes • Liberty is 6-2 in dual meets this season after going 2-1 at a quad meet hosted by BYU Nov. 8-9. It was the team's first-ever meet at BYU, and the Lady Flames fell to the Cougars while defeating UC Davis and Dixie State.
• 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.
• 10th-year Head Coach Jake Shellenberger has led the Lady Flames from the program's inception. He has posted a 105-32 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 (55.42) and 200 back (1:57.73). Her altitude-adjusted 1:57.73 ranks 29th in the nation. The 2018 Most Outstanding Freshman of the CCSA Meet, she holds the CCSA record in the 200 back (1:53.68). Keiner has won the 200 backstroke each of the last five times she has contested it, dating back to last season.
• 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. Donlin (23.78) is second in the CCSA in 50 freestyle so far in 2019-20.
• Freshman Eva Suggs' altitude-adjusted 1:49.80 from the BYU meet is the fastest 200 free by a CCSA swimmer so far in 2019-20.
• 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.
• Sophomore Abigail Egolf-Jensen qualified for the 2020 Zone Championships in three-meter diving (283.50) against UNC Asheville.
Meet Highlights • James Madison, Navy and Campbell will be returning after competing in last year's inaugural Liberty Swimming & Diving Invitational.
• Duquesne, Saint Francis (Pa.) and Vanderbilt will all be making their first appearance at the Liberty Natatorium. Duquesne (Jan. 11, 2013) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 8, 2013) have competed in swimming meets at Liberty before, but those meets were at La Haye Aquatics Center. Liberty's 164-98 win over Duquesne on Jan. 11, 2013 was the first televised home meet in program history.
• This weekend's meet features four teams who won their conference's championship meet last season. Liberty claimed the 2019 CCSA Championship, while Navy won the Patriot League title for the eighth straight year. James Madison has won back-to-back CAA titles, while Duquesne won the Atlantic 10 Championship in both 2018 and 2019.
Order of Events Nov. 22, 2019 – 10 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals 200 Freestyle Relay
200 Medley Relay
Nov. 23, 2019 – 10 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals 200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Nov. 24, 2019 – 10 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals 1650 Freestyle
400 Freestyle Relay
Up Next Lady Flames who have attained qualifying marks will compete in the Toyota U.S. Open, held in Atlanta, Ga., from Dec. 4-7.
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