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12 Lady Flames Named to CCSA Swimming & Diving All-Decade Team

November 16, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The 2020 CCSA Champion Lady Flames featured five members of the 2011-20 CCSA All-Decade Team.

The 2020 CCSA Champion Lady Flames featured five members of the 2011-20 CCSA All-Decade Team.

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A dozen Liberty Lady Flames have been named to the inaugural Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Swimming & Diving 2011-20 All-Decade Team.

The CCSA Swimming & Diving Team is comprised of 34 student-athletes (30 swimmers, four divers), spanning a majority of the conference's history. It consists of student-athletes from Campbell, Davidson, FGCU, Gardner-Webb, Incarnate Word and Liberty.

The conference used a set of objective criteria to determine the honorees on the all-decade team, highlighting success at the conference and national level. Each student-athlete had to compete in at least two seasons in the decade, outside of those who competed in an NCAA Championship meet.

The Lady Flames' honorees include Meghan Babcock, Hannah Baker, Colleen Donlin, Alicia Finnigan, Mikayla Herich, Kendall Hough, Emilie Kaufman, Payton Keiner, Brye Ravettine, Jess Reinhardt, Prudence Rooker and Brittany Weiss.

Liberty has been a perennial contender during its first 11 years in the CCSA, earning three conference titles (2014, 2019, 2020) and seven second-place finishes. Head Coach Jake Shellenberger has led the program since its founding, assisted by current Associate Head Coach Jessica Barnes for all of the program's history to date.

A native of Pfafftown, N.C., Babcock swam the anchor leg on the first CCSA relay to compete at the NCAA Championships (2014 200 medley relay). Babcock is part of the program-record quartet for both the 200 medley relay (1:37.80) and 400 medley relay (3:36.73). She was a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, including first-team honors as a senior.

Hailing from Fairfax, Va., Baker was a standout sprinter, swimming on nine conference-winning relays during her career. Additionally, she earned five CCSA individual podium finishes in her career, highlighted by a pair of runner-up performances. Baker holds the program's 200 freestyle record (1:46.55), leading off Liberty's conference and meet-record 800 free relay (7:10.73) in 2018.

Donlin, a sprint freestyle and relay specialist from Plymouth, Minn., earned four individual conference podium finishes during her career. She tied for second in the 50 free at the 2019 CCSA Championships and was the conference runner-up in the 100 free in 2020. Donlin swam the anchor leg on Liberty's program-record 200 free relay and 400 free relay and ranks second in program history in the 50 freestyle (22.64).

Finnigan turned in a decorated career, highlighted by the 2018 NCAA ELITE 90 Award for having the top GPA of any student-athlete competing at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. The 2018 CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year and a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American first team selection, Finnigan holds Liberty's record for the 200 fly (1:55.58). Finnigan posted a program-record 10 CCSA podium finishes, including three 200 fly conference titles.

Herich, a Hebron, Ky., native, made a major impact during her two years at Liberty after transferring from Ohio. She tied the program record with five career CCSA individual titles and in 2020 became the second Lady Flame to win three CCSA events at the same conference meet. Herich was named the Most Outstanding Female Performer at the 2020 CCSA Championships. She holds school records in the 200 IM (1:59.34), 400 IM (4:13.29) and 1,650 freestyle (16:37.35).

A Woodbridge, Va., native, Hough excelled in the backstroke and sprint free during her time at Liberty. She collected seven CCSA individual medalist honors including two conference runner-up finishes. Hough led the first CCSA relay to compete at the NCAA Championships, the 200 medley relay in 2014. Her 100 freestyle record of 49.06 still stands, set in 2016, and she holds program records for both the 200 medley relay (1:37.80) and 400 medley relay (3:36.73).

Like Herich, Emilie Kaufman also impacted the program greatly during two years after transferring from Rutgers. She earned six CCSA medalist honors, including four individual conference titles. Kaufman won all three events she contested at the 2014 CCSA Championships, before competing at the NCAA Championships. Kaufman's program records remain in the 100 breast (1:00.01), 200 breast (2:11.99) and 100 IM (57.48). She swam in the 200 medley relay at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Keiner, hailing from Cincinnati, is the only current member of the Lady Flames named to the CCSA All-Decade Team. She became the third CSCAA All-American in program history in 2020. Keiner has won a program-record-tying five CCSA individual titles, sweeping the 100 and 200 backstroke at each of the last two conference meets. The 2018 Most Outstanding Freshman of the CCSA Meet, she holds the CCSA record in the 200 back (1:52.63). She also owns Liberty's 50 backstroke (24.82 – L) and 100 backstroke (52.60) records.

Ravettine was the first All-American in program history, finishing 13th in the 50 freestyle at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships. She was also the first Liberty swimmer to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2012. Ravettine earned 2012 CCSA Swimmer of the Meet and CCSA Swimmer of the Year honors, a year in which she claimed conference titles in both the 50 free and 100 free. She totaled eight CCSA podium finishes, and is the program's record holder in the 50 freestyle (22.19).

Reinhardt dominated the butterfly events in the CCSA during her two years at Liberty and became the second All-American in program history. She swept the 100 fly and 200 fly at the 2013 and 2014 CCSA Championships, and holds the CCSA (51.72) and meet (52.14) records for 100 fly. Her 10th-place finish in the 100 fly at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships remains Liberty's highest placing at an NCAA national meet. Reinhardt was named the 2013 Most Outstanding Female Newcomer of the CCSA Meet.

A native of Forest Grove, Ore., Rooker was a standout at breaststroke and individual medley. An eight-time CCSA podium performer, she won the 200 IM at the 2018 CCSA Championships. Upon graduation, she held the program record for 200 IM (now third place) at 2:00.12. Rooker was the second swimmer all-time at Liberty to qualify for A Finals in all three of her events all four years at CCSA Championships.

Hailing from Sellersville, Pa., Weiss' career accolades began in 2017 when she was named the Most Outstanding Female Newcomer of the CCSA Meet. She was a three-time CCSA individual event champion, winning the 100 backstroke as a freshman and sophomore before claiming the conference 100 freestyle title in her last career race in 2020. Weiss was named the CSCAA Scholar All-America team on three occasions. She swam on the program-record 200 free relay and 400 free relay.