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Pair of Lady Flames to Compete in Toyota U.S. Open

November 12, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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The Toyota U.S. Open will take place at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Toyota U.S. Open will take place at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Liberty swimming & diving team will be represented by two student-athletes at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open, held Thursday through Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

The Lady Flames will send junior Emma Hazel and freshman Chloe Harris to the Toyota U.S. Open. Hazel will compete on Saturday and Harris will swim on Friday and Saturday.  

How to Follow the Action
Fans can follow the meet through live video streaming, ourtesy of USASwimming.org. Links are available on the swimming schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Toyota U.S. Open will be held concurrently at nine different sites. Also, each event will be contested as a timed final.

All athletes at this meet will have an opportunity to earn qualifying times for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held June 13-20, 2021 in Omaha, Neb. Liberty has had competitors in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in both 2012 and 2016. Former Lady Flame Alicia Finnigan (100 fly, 200 fly) and current Liberty senior Payton Keiner (100 back, 200 back) have already earned their spot at the 2021 Olympic Trials.

This is the 10th season in a row in which the Lady Flames have had at least one swimmer compete at the national or international level. It is the program's fourth appearance at a USA Swimming meet taking place in either November or December. Brye Ravettine placed 17th in the 50 free at the Winter Nationals, earning Liberty's first scoring performance at a USA Swimming national meet while also posting a qualifying time for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Events with Liberty Athletes Competing
Friday, Nov. 13
Women's 100-Meter Butterfly (6:17 p.m.)
Olympic Trials Standard:
1:00.69
Liberty's entrant: Chloe Harris
Update: Chloe Harris, a native of Denver, N.C., holds a lifetime-best 100-meter butterfly time of 1:03.28, which met the Winter Junior Nationals standard. She will compete in the first of two heats, swimming in lane six.

Women's 100-Meter Breaststroke (6:50 p.m.)
Olympic Trials Standard: 1:10.99
Liberty's entrant: Chloe Harris
Update: Harris will continue her weekend with the 100-meter breaststroke. Her lifetime-best in this event is 1:19.33, which she swam at the 2019 Sectionals in Indianapolis. The North Carolina native will swim in heat one, lane one.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Women's 200-Meter Backstroke (10:25 a.m.)

Olympic Trials Standard: 2:14.69
Liberty's entrant: Emma Hazel
Update: Hazel, a native of White Lake, Mich., swam a lifetime-best 2:17.96 for 200-meter backstroke at the 2019 Virginia Poseidon's Long Course Meet. She then turned in a 2:19.74 in the same event at the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open. Hazel is slated to swim in lane four of heat one on Saturday.

Hazel is a two-time second-place finisher in the 200-yard backstroke at CCSA Championships, currently ranking third in program history in the 200 backstroke (1:56.53).

Women's 200-Meter Butterfly (11:17 a.m.)
Olympic Trials Standard:
2:14.59
Liberty's entrant: Chloe Harris
Update: Liberty will wrap up its time in Greensboro on Saturday morning when Harris competes in the 200-meter butterfly. She attained her lifetime-best (2:21.76) in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2018 Futures Meet in Cary, N.C. There will be just one heat of the women's 200-meter butterfly, with Harris competing in lane two.

Just two meets into her collegiate career, Harris is ranked eighth in program history in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.45).

Up Next
Liberty will host the TYR '85 Invite, Nov. 20-22 at Liberty Natatorium. Please check back to LibertyFlames.com for the latest schedule updates.