Liberty honored its five seniors with a senior day ceremony on Saturday.
The Liberty swimming & diving team sent its seniors out in style, defeating both Campbell and James Madison on Saturday at the Liberty Natatorium.
Liberty (13-3, 5-0 CCSA) won both of its dual meets at today's TYR '85 Senior Celebration, downing James Madison 159-141 while posting a 221-73 win over Campbell (8-8). JMU (7-1) topped Campbell 217-77.
The Lady Flames honored their five graduating seniors - Hannah Baker, Colleen Donlin, Mikayla Herich, Kendal Irwin and Brittany Weiss - with a senior day ceremony. This group is the winningest senior class in program history, posting a 49-7 dual-meet record during the last four years. Liberty Event Winners • 200 medley relay – 1:44.09 (Payton Keiner (25.58), Mikayla Herich (30.08), Brittany Weiss (25.27), Colleen Donlin (23.16))
• Jr. Payton Keiner – 100 backstroke (54.32); 200 backstroke (1:58.58); 200 IM (2:04.83)
• R-Jr. Mikayla Herich – 100 breaststroke (1:04.96)
• Jr. Lindsey Cohee – 200 butterfly (2:03.35); 100 butterfly (56.17)
• So. Chloe Rippey – 200 breaststroke (2:22.98)
• So. Lauren Chennault – One-meter diving (6) – 285.75
Notable • Liberty won nine events, including both relays, while James Madison claimed six event victories and Campbell won the 200 freestyle relay.
• The Lady Flames are 5-0 against CCSA opponents this season and have won their last 20 CCSA dual meets in a row since a 137-125 loss at FGCU on Jan. 7, 2017.
• Liberty has faced Campbell more than any other opponent in program history, leading the all-time series 15-2. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames improve to 4-3 all-time against James Madison.
• The Lady Flames are now a perfect 13-0 in dual meets hosted at Liberty Natatorium, including 3-0 this season.
• Junior Payton Keiner won the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 IM, also leading off the winning 200 medley relay.
• James Madison's Bonnie Zhang also picked up three event victories, winning the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free.
• Lauren Chennault won one-meter diving with a score of 285.75. Additionally, Liberty's Abigail Egolf-Jensen scored 267.53 points for fourth. Egolf-Jensen's score earns her inclusion into the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in the event. Chennault and Egolf-Jensen are both qualified for the meet in one-meter and three-meter this season, while Olivia Robinson qualified at one-meter during the season opener.
• Liberty set new team season bests in the following events today: 50 backstroke (Payton Keiner – 25.58); 200 medley relay (1:44.09), 200 free (Eva Suggs – 1:50.89), 100 back (Keiner – 54.32), 100 breaststroke (Mikayla Herich – 1:04.96) and 200 IM (Keiner – 2:04.83).
• Keiner's 100 backstroke and Suggs' 200 freestyle from today were the fastest times by a CCSA swimmer in those respective events so far this season.
Historically Speaking • Sophomore Allison Van Milligan moved into fourth place on Liberty's all-time top 10 performers list with her 228.00 score in three-meter diving from today.
Up Next The Lady Flames will look to defend their conference title next month. For the first time since 2014, the CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships will be held at Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 19-22. The last time the CCSA Championships were held at Tennessee, Liberty earned its first-ever conference title. The facility was also the site of current Liberty diving coach Tori Lamp Wood's All-American career.
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