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Program-Record 5 Lady Flames Compete at U.S. Open

December 7, 2019  Atlanta, Ga.   RSS
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Lindsey Cohee tied for 42nd in the 200 meter butterfly at the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open.

Lindsey Cohee tied for 42nd in the 200 meter butterfly at the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open.

The Liberty swimming & diving team earned national-level experience at the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open, which wrapped up on Saturday at McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.

This weekend's meet doubled as USA Swimming Winter Nationals. Liberty sent a program-record five athletes to the Winter Nationals, in senior Colleen Donlin (50 freestyle), redshirt junior Mikayla Herich (200 IM), junior Lindsey Cohee (100 fly, 200 fly), sophomore Emma Hazel (100 back, 200 back) and freshman Eva Suggs (200 free, 100 back).

Liberty Competitors
• Jr. Lindsey Cohee – 200 butterfly (t-42nd place in 2:18.10); 100 butterfly (t-111th place in 1:03.51)

• So. Emma Hazel – 200 backstroke (t-66th place in 2:19.73); 100 backstroke (t-106th place in 1:05.30)

• Fr. Eva Suggs – 200 freestyle (103rd place in 2:07.22); 200 backstroke (95th place in 2:22.94)

• Sr. Colleen Donlin – 50 freestyle (110th place in 26.96)

• R-Jr. Mikayla Herich – 200 IM (154th place in 2:25.32)

Notable
• This is the 10th season in a row that Liberty has had participants in USA Swimming national meets, and third time at Winter Nationals (also 2011, 2018).

• Herich became the first Lady Flame to compete in the 200 IM at a USA Swimming Winter National Championship.

• Suggs is the first Lady Flame to compete in the 200 freestyle at Winter Nationals.

• Liberty's athletes were attempting to attain qualifying times for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held June 21-28, 2020 in Omaha, Neb.  Junior Payton Keiner qualified for the Olympic Trials in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke this summer. Liberty has qualified at least one athlete for three straight Olympic Trials (2012, 2016, 2020).

Up Next
Liberty will open the New Year in Florida, competing in a quad meet at Florida on Jan. 3 in Gainesville, Fla. The next day, the Lady Flames will contest a quad meet at FGCU in Fort Myers, Fla.