Liberty freshman Maddie Freece was named the 2021 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State University Division Co-Rookie Diver of the Year. She was also one of four Lady Flames to be named to the VaSID All-State Women's Swimming & Diving second 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 third year that VaSID has sponsored a swimming & diving awards program.
Liberty received four second-team honors on the VaSID Women's Swimming & Diving Team. Seniors Payton Keiner (backstroke) and Lindsey Cohee (butterfly), junior Lauren Chennault and freshman Maddie Freece were all named to the second team.
Freece is the second Lady Flame to receive VaSID Rookie Diver of the Year honors, as current teammate Olivia Robinson earned the award in 2019. Previously this spring, Freece was named CCSA Women's Diver of the Year and Most Outstanding Diver of the CCSA Meet.
A native of Lansdale, Pa., Freece won both one-meter and three-meter diving at the 2021 CCSA Championships. Her conference-winning score of 293.15 on one-meter set a program record, while she scored 297.50 to claim victory in three-meter diving. She went on to compete at the NCAA Zone Championships, and had the best showing of any Liberty diver at the meet in program history. Freece finished ninth in three-meter diving at the Zone meet, the first Lady Flame all-time to finish in the top 10 in an event at NCAA Zone Championships. She also finished 13th in one-meter diving at the Zone meet.
A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, Keiner earned her third straight second team All-State award. A 2020 CSCAA All-American, Keiner earned her third trip to the NCAA Championships this season. She won both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the CCSA Championships, the third year in a row in which she has claimed both events. Keiner earned four 200 backstroke conference titles during her career, and holds the CCSA record in the event (1:52.63). She is one of only three CCSA athletes all-time to win the same event four times at the conference meet in their careers.
Lindsey Cohee, a native of Charlotte, N.C., wrapped up a successful career with her second CCSA 200 butterfly title in a row. That extended Liberty's winning streak to five years in the 200 butterfly at the CCSA Championships. Cohee earned five CCSA podium finishes in her career, including four in the 200 butterfly. The senior was named CCSA Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 27. Cohee swam a lifetime-best 53.76 in the 100 fly at this year's conference meet, taking third place. She is ranked third in program history in both 100 (53.76) and 200 fly (1:57.85).
Hailing from Coppell, Texas, Lauren Chennault has made the podium in both one-meter and three-meter diving in all three conference meets in which she has competed. She scored a season-high 270.10 on three-meter diving at the 2021 CCSA Championships, finishing third. Chennault then scored 269.15 on one-meter in finishing second to Freece for the conference title. In March, she made her third appearance at the NCAA Zone Championships, The junior is Liberty's three-meter diving record holder (317.85) and second in one-meter diving (291.15).
These student-athletes helped the Lady Flames earn their third straight CCSA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship title, as Liberty finished in a tie with FGCU for the conference crown. Liberty has now won four conference championships in program history.
2020-21 VaSID All-State Women's Swimming & Diving Team Swimmer of the Year – Paige Madden, Virginia Rookie Swimmer of the Year – Alex Walsh, Virignia Diver of the Year – Marina Toone, George Mason Rookie Diver of the Year – Hailey Fisher, George Mason; Maddie Freece, Liberty Coach of the Year – Todd DeSorbo, Virginia
First-Team All-State Sprint Free – Missy Cundiff, William & Mary Sprint Free – Lexi Cuomo, Virginia Sprint Free – Kate Douglass, Virginia Distance Free – Maddie Donohoe, Virginia Distance Free – Paige Madden, Virginia Back – Emma Atkinson, Virginia Tech Back – Reilly Tiltmann, Virginia Breast – Annie Tuttle, William & Mary Breast – Alexis Wenger, Virginia Fly – Abby Harter, Virginia Fly – Jessica Nava, Virginia IM – Ella Nelson, Virginia IM – Alex Walsh, Virginia Diving – Hailey Fisher, George Mason Diving – Jocelyn Porter, Virginia Diving – Marina Toone, George Mason 200 Free Relay – Virginia 400 Free Relay – Virginia 800 Free Relay – Virginia 200 Medley Relay – Virginia 400 Medley Relay – Virginia
Second-Team All-State Sprint Free – Lauren Medlin, Richmond Sprint Free – Sarah Shackelford, Virginia Tech Sprint Free – Katie Stevenson, William & Mary Distance Free – Elizabeth Intihar, William & Mary Distance Free – Julianna Jones, James Madison Back – Madison Cottrell, James Madison Back – Payton Keiner, Liberty Breast – Jacquee Clabeaux, George Mason Breast – Maggie Purcell, Richmond Fly – Lindsey Cohee, Liberty Fly – Madison Cottrell, James Madison IM – Reka Gygory, Virginia Tech IM – Maggie Purcell, Richmond Diving – Lauren Chennault, Liberty Diving – Maddie Freece, Liberty Diving – Emily Gross, James Madison 200 Free Relay – William & Mary 400 Free Relay – William & Mary 800 Free Relay – Richmond 200 Medley Relay – William & Mary 400 Medley Relay – Richmond
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