Liberty wraps up the fall portion of its swimming & diving season by hosting the TYR '85 Invite, Friday through Sunday at Liberty Natatorium.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be an attendance limit of 250 people inside the Liberty Natatorium during sessions of this weekend's invitational. Psych Sheet Meet Program
The Lady Flames have competed in a mid-season invitational during this corresponding weekend in every year of program history. This will be the third straight year that Liberty has hosted an in-season invitational, and second time this event has been sponsored by TYR. This weekend's invitational features three women's swimming & diving teams, including Liberty, Campbell and UNC Asheville.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Fans unable to attend can follow live results for swimming and diving events both online and on the meetmobile app.
Liberty's CCSA Award Winners this Season Fr. Maddie Freece – CCSA Women's Diver of the Week (Oct. 27) Sr. Lindsey Cohee – CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Week (Oct. 27) Sr. Payton Keiner – CCSA 2011-20 All-Decade Team
Team Notes • Two Lady Flames (Olivia Robinson and Maddie Freece) have both earned qualification to the 2021 NCAA Zone Diving Championships. • Freshman Chloe Harris (100 butterfly, 200 butterfly) and junior Emma Hazel earned valuable national-level experience, competing in the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open last weekend in Greensboro, N.C. • Liberty is 2-0 in dual meets this season, winning meets at UNC Asheville (162-127) and Campbell (142.5-118.5) on Oct. 23 and 24, respectively. • The Lady Flames have won 23 CCSA dual meets in a row since a 137-125 loss at FGCU on Jan. 7, 2017. • 11th-year Head Coach Jake Shellenberger has led the Lady Flames from the program's inception. He has posted a 114-33 dual-meet record, being named CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year three times (2012, 2014, 2019). His teams have gone 60-14 all-time against CCSA competition. • Liberty won its third-ever CCSA title in 2020, and second in a row. The Lady Flames won the meet by 163 points over FGCU (1,566-1,403), earning their third CCSA title inthe same place where they claimed their first conference crown (Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center) in 2014. • Last year at the CCSA Championships, the Lady Flames registered a program-record 29 podium finishes and 14 event victories, to go along with 10 NCAA B cuts and lowered five program records. • The state-of-the-art Liberty Natatorium opened on Dec. 1, 2017 with the Central Virginia Duals, and was dedicated on Jan. 26, 2018 with an official ceremony. The Liberty Natatorium provides one of the best venues for collegiate swimming and diving in the nation, with an Olympic-sized competition pool and separate diving well and seating for 1,400 spectators in a wraparound setting. • Liberty has hired Andrew Helmich as its new diving coach. An SEC diver for South Carolina, he served as a volunteer assistant coach at South Carolina for three seasons (2016-19) in addition to club coaching experience. He leads a diving contingent that features three NCAA Zone qualifiers from last year (Lauren Chennault, Abigail Egolf-Jensen, Olivia Robinson). • Four Lady Flames received CSCAA Individual Scholar All-America honors last year, in Brittany Weiss, Mikayla Herich, Emma Hazel and Evan Suggs. • A total of 13 current Lady Flames have posted CCSA podium finishes in their career, led by six from Payton Keiner. Lauren Chennault has earned four top-three placings, while Lindsey Cohee, Emma Hazel and Olivia Robinson have three podium finishes each. Emily Manly (2), Jessica Schellenboom (2), Arielle Arnett (1), Abigail Egolf-Jensen (1), Kiah Francis and Chloe Rippey (1) have all podiumed as well.
Student-Athlete Notes • A total of 10 different Lady Flames, including three freshmen, have recorded at least one individual-event victory this season, led by Lindsey Cohee's four event wins. Cohee and freshman Maddie Freece (one-meter diving) have won all of their individual event competitions so far this season. • Senior Payton Keiner earned CSCAA All-American status last year, the third All-American in program history. 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. • Junior Lauren Chennault was named 2020 Co-Outstanding Women's Diver of the CCSA Meet, winning one-meter and placing second on three-meter at the conference meet. Her one-meter title was the first CCSA diving title for a Liberty athlete. Chennault enters the season as Liberty's program record holder in one-meter (291.15) and three-meter (317.85) diving. • Junior Olivia Robinson, the 2019 VaSID State Rookie Diver of the Year, has posted three CCSA podium finishes in her career, including third place on three-meter in 2020. She holds Liberty's record for platform diving (229.58), a discipline where she placed 15th at the NCAA Zone Championships in both 2019 and 2020. • Senior Lindsey Cohee earned her first career CCSA individual title in 2020, capturing the 200 butterfly after placing third in the event in both her freshman and sophomore years. Cohee ranks third in program history in the 200 fly (1:57.85) and fifth in 100 fly (54.23) • Sophomore Eva Suggs, the 2020 Most Outstanding Female Newcomer of the CCSA Meet, posted podium finishes in the 200 free (first place), 500 free (second) and 200 backstroke (third) at the CCSA Championships. She led Liberty's first-ever 1-2-3 sweep of a CCSA event, winning the 200 freestyle in a lifetime-best 1:47.82 (third in program history).
Matchup Highlights • Campbell has competed in Liberty's home invitational each year, while UNC Asheville will be making its first appearance at the TYR '85 Invite. • UNC Asheville posted a program-best fourth-place finish, scoring 782 points at the 2020 CCSA Championships, while Campbell finished in sixth place with 690 points. • Navy has won both of Liberty's home invitationals, claiming last year's TYR '85 Invite over second-place Duquesne. Liberty finished sixth in the 2019 TYR '85 Invite with 1,154 points, followed by Campbell is seventh with 894 points.
Up Next Liberty's next scheduled dual meet is Jan. 23, when the Lady Flames will host Campbell on Senior Day at Liberty Natatorium.
Order of Events Nov. 20, 2020 – 10 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals 200 Freestyle Relay 10-minute break 500 Freestyle 200 IM 50 Freestyle 1-Meter Diving (Full Break) 400 Medley Relay
Nov. 21, 2020 – 10 a.m. prelims, 6 p.m. finals 200 Medley Relay 10-minute break 100 Butterfly 400 IM 200 Freestyle 100 Breaststroke 100 Backstroke 3-Meter Diving (Full Break) 800 Freestyle Relay
Nov. 22, 2020 – 10 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals 1650 Freestyle 200 Backstroke 100 Freestyle 200 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly 400 Freestyle Relay