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Liberty Earns 8 VaSID All-State Swimming & Diving Honors

April 16, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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Clockwise from top left: Colleen Donlin, Jessica Schellenboom, Payton Keiner and Mikayla Herich were all named to the VaSID All-State second team.

Clockwise from top left: Colleen Donlin, Jessica Schellenboom, Payton Keiner and Mikayla Herich were all named to the VaSID All-State second team.

Liberty earned eight spots on the 2020 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State University Division Women's Swimming & Diving Team.

The VaSID All-State Women's Swimming & Diving Team featured nomination and voting by sports information directors from all around the Commonwealth of Virginia. This is the second year that VaSID has sponsored a swimming & diving awards program.

Liberty received eight second-team honors on the VaSID Women's Swimming & Diving Team. Senior Colleen Donlin (freestyle), redshirt junior Mikayla Herich (IM), junior Payton Keiner (backstroke) and freshman Jessica Schellenboom (breaststroke) were all named to the second team. Also, four Liberty relays (200 freestyle, 200 medley, 400 freestyle, 400 medley) received second-team mention.

Donlin, a native of Plymouth, Minn., wrapped up her career with two podium finishes at the 2020 CCSA Championships. She placed second in both the 50 (22.64) and 100 freestyle (49.56), posting lifetime bests in both events. Donlin finished in the top three in the CCSA 50 freestyle each of the last three years of her career. The senior ranks second in program history in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free. Additionally, she was the anchor on Liberty's current program-record 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Hailing from Hebron, Ky., Herich repeats as a second team All-State performer. The 2020 Most Outstanding Female Performer at the CCSA Championship meet, she won the 200 IM, 400 IM and 1650 freestyle. She is the second swimmer in program history to win three events at a single conference meet. Herich broke her own program records in the 200 IM (1:59.34) and 400 IM (4:13.29), both in NCAA B cut time. In just two years at Liberty, she set three program records and posted five individual conference titles.

A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, Keiner earned her second straight second team All-State award. Last week, Keiner was named the third CSCAA All-American in program history, as she was set to compete in the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. She set program records in the 50 backstroke (24.82), 100 backstroke (52.60) and 200 backstroke (1:52.63) at the 2020 CCSA Championships, winning both the 100 and 200 back for the second year in a row. Her conference-record 200 backstroke time of 1:52.63 ranked 19th in the nation this season.

Schellenboom, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., had a standout freshman season. She was the 2020 CCSA runner-up in both the 100 (1:02.06) and 200 breaststroke (2:15.38), finishing second to only national invitee Petra Halmai of FGCU in both events. The freshman ranks fourth in program history in the 200 breaststroke and fifth all-time at Liberty for 100 breaststroke. Additionally, she placed fourth in the 200 IM at the 2020 conference meet.

The Lady Flames swept all five relays at the CCSA Championships, the second time in program history that Liberty has gone 5-for-5 in relays at the conference meet.

The 200 medley relay of Keiner, Herich, Brittany Weiss and Donlin won in 1:38.79, the third fastest time in the event in program history.

Liberty's 200 freestyle relay, consisting of Keiner, Hannah Baker, Weiss and Donlin, posted a winning time of 1:30.35. That is the fourth best 200 free relay in school history.

Keiner, Baker, Weiss and Donlin closed out the 2020 CCSA Championships with a 3:18.85 to win the 400 freestyle relay.

The Lady Flames' 400 medley relay of Keiner, Herich, Weiss and Baker swam a 3:36.96, the third fastest 400 medley relay in program history.

These student-athletes helped the Lady Flames claim their second straight CCSA title and third in program history. Liberty also went 13-3 in the dual-meet season with an unbeaten mark against CCSA opponents. The Lady Flames earned their 100th victory in program history during the season-opening Penn State Sprint Fest.

2019-20 VaSID All-State Women's Swimming & Diving Team
Swimmer of the Year – Paige Madden, Virginia
Rookie Swimmer of the Year – Kate Douglass, Virginia
Diver of the Year – Sydney Dusel, Virginia
Rookie Diver of the Year – Jennifer Bell, Virginia
Coach of the Year – Todd DeSorbo, Virginia

First-Team All-State
Free – Morgan Hill, Virginia
Free – Paige Madden, Virginia
Free – Maddie Donohoe, Virginia
Free – Lexi Cuomo, Virginia
Free – Bonnie Zhang, James Madison
Back – Caroline Gmelich, Virginia
Back – Megan Moroney, Virginia
Breast – Ella Nelson, Virginia
Breast – Alexis Wenger, Virginia
Fly – Morgan Hill, Virginia
Fly – Abby Richter, Virginia
IM – Kate Douglass, Virginia
IM – Ella Nelson, Virginia
Diving – Sydney Dusel, Virginia
Diving – Hope Byrum, James Madison
Diving – Jennifer Bell, Virginia
200 Free Relay – Virginia
400 Free Relay – Virginia
800 Free Relay – Virginia
200 Medley Relay – Virginia
400 Medley Relay – Virginia

Second-Team All-State
Free – Kyla Valls, Virginia
Free – Julianna Jones, James Madison
Free – Joelle Vereb, Virginia Tech
Free – Megan Bull, William & Mary
Free – Colleen Donlin, Liberty
Back – Payton Keiner, Liberty
Back – Hannah Gouger, Richmond
Breast – Jacquee Clabeaux, George Mason
Breast – Jessica Schellenboom, Liberty
Fly – Joelle Vereb, Virginia Tech
Fly – Morgan Whaley, James Madison
IM – Mikayla Herich, Liberty
IM – Maggie Purcell, Richmond
Diving – Teagan Moravek, Virginia Tech
Diving – Jocelyn Porter, Virginia
Diving – Faith Anderson, James Madison
200 Free Relay – Liberty
400 Free Relay – Liberty
800 Free Relay – William & Mary
200 Medley Relay – Liberty
400 Medley Relay – Liberty