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Liberty Swimming Set to Host Radford, Friday

October 26, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sophomore co-captain Sarah McCorkle won the 200 free on Saturday at Marshall, and will help lead Liberty against Radford, Friday at 5 p.m.

Sophomore co-captain Sarah McCorkle won the 200 free on Saturday at Marshall, and will help lead Liberty against Radford, Friday at 5 p.m.

The Liberty swimming team will contest its lone home meet of the season, Friday at 5 p.m., as the Lady Flames host Commonwealth rival Radford at the LaHaye Aquatics Center.

The Lady Flames and Highlanders meet for the fourth time in dual-meet action, with Radford holding a 2-1 head-to-head record.

Liberty downed Radford by two points, 116.5 to 114.5, Oct. 8, 2010 to claim the program's first win, in a tri-meet that also included a Lady Flames victory over North Carolina A&T. During the 2011 CCSA Championships, Liberty earned sixth place, while Radford followed in ninth position.

Liberty opened the 2011-12 season with a come-from-behind win at Marshall on Saturday. The visitors placed first and second in the final event, the 200 freestyle relay, to earn a 147-141 victory.

Freshman Erin Curry broke a pair of program records, Saturday, winning the 200 backstroke in 2:08.32 and earning first place in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:34.95. For her efforts, Curry was named CCSA Swimmer of the Week on Wednesday. Classmate Emily Duff posted a new Liberty record by clocking 10:53.05 in the 1000 freestyle.

The Lady Flames won the three sprint free events at Marshall. Freshman Cori Gary won the 50 free in 24.47 and touched the wall first, in 53.83, during the 100 free. Sophomore co-captain Sarah McCorkle claimed the 200 free, swimming a 1:56.47.

Sophomore Brye Ravettine placed first in the 100 back, in a time of 58.96, at Marshall. She led off the winning medley relay, and anchored the victorious 200 freestyle relay.

Radford brings a 2-3 dual-meet record into Friday's meet in Lynchburg. The Highlanders contested back-to-back home meets to begin the season. On Oct. 1, Radford fell to Marshall, James Madison and Campbell inside the Dedmon Center Natatorium. The team picked up its first two wins, Oct. 15, downing VMI and Pfeiffer. 

Junior Emily Turner is a versatile student-athlete, and ranks in the top five in Radford history in six different events. Turner's personal-best 2:09.91 in the 200 IM places her third on the Highlanders' all-time list. Whitney Friend, a distance specialist, has swum a 5:25.23 in the 500 free during her career.

All spectators are asked to enter through the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center entrance. From there, fans will be given wristbands before being directed to the pool area.

Following Friday's meet, Liberty will compete in away contests for the rest of the season. The Lady Flames will travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to face CCSA opponent Campbell, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m.

Schedule of Events
1. 200 Medley Relay
2. 1,000 Freestyle
3. 200 Freestyle
4. 100 Backstroke
5. 100 Breaststroke
6. 200 Butterfly
7. 50 Freestyle
-- 15-minute break --
8. 100 Freestyle
9. 200 Backstroke
10. 200 Breaststroke
11. 500 Freestyle
12. 100 Butterfly
-- 10-minute break --
13. 200 Individual Medley
14. 400 Freestyle Relay

Scoring Guide

Individual Events
1st place: 9 points
2nd place: 4 points
3rd place: 3 points
4th place: 2 points
5th place: 1 point

1st place: 11 points
2nd place: 4 points
3rd place: 2 points

Helpful Hints
• No flash photography is permitted at the start of each race.
• Fans are asked to remain quiet at the start of each race.
• Only two relay teams from each squad may score.
• Individual Medley Order: Fly, Back, Breast, Free
• Medley Relay Order: Back, Breast, Fly, Free