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Keiner Finishes Season With 200 Backstroke Swim at NCAA Championships

March 20, 2021  Greensboro, N.C.  RSS
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Keiner Finishes Season With 200 Backstroke Swim at NCAA Championships

Liberty senior Payton Keiner placed 49th in the 200 backstroke at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Keiner, making her second appearance at the NCAA national meet, also swam in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship.

Yesterday, Keiner finished 54th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.42.

Liberty's Performer
• Sr. Payton Keiner – 200 backstroke – 1:58.09 (49th place overall)

Notable
• During this week's four-day meet, the top 16 from morning prelims each day qualify for evening finals.

• Alabama's Rhyan White earned the top seed, at 1:50.18. It took 1:51.74 to qualify for the A Final and 1:53.67 to make the B Final.

• Keiner came in with the 38th fastest time in the field, as she swam 1:54.73 to win the 2021 CCSA title.  

• The Liberty senior went out in 57.57 after 100 yards, and split 1:00.52 on the final 100.    

Historically Speaking
• Keiner is the first Lady Flame to be selected to compete in three NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. She was named a CSCAA All-American last year, as the NCAA Championships were not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

• This is the seventh time in 11 years of the program's history that at least one Lady Flame has been selected to compete in the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. • The Lady Flames have had two All-America honorable mention finishers, in Brye Ravettine (13th in 50 free, 2012) and Jess Reinhardt (10th in 100 fly, 2014). All competitors at the cancelled 2020 NCAA Championships were named All-Americans, so Keiner received All-American honors last year.

• Keiner finishes her career as the program record holder in the 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. A seven-time CCSA event winner, she holds the program record for conference individual titles and is the CCSA and meet record holder in the 200 back. She is also the first Liberty swimmer and third CCSA swimmer all-time to win the same event four times at CCSA Championships (200 backstroke).

• Liberty wraps up a successful season which saw the Lady Flames win their third straight CCSA title and fourth in program history. The Lady Flames also sent Maddie Freece and Lauren Chennault to NCAA Zone Championships, the third season in a row that Liberty divers have made the Zone meet.