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Liberty Maintains CCSA Lead After Strong 2nd Day

February 16, 2021  Lynchburg, Va.   RSS
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Payton Keiner posted her program-record sixth CCSA individual-event title.

Payton Keiner posted her program-record sixth CCSA individual-event title.

Two-time defending champion Liberty remains in first place after a successful middle day of the 2021 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted at Liberty Natatorium on Tuesday.

The two-time defending champion Lady Flames outscored FGCU 734.5-691 today, widening their total lead to 59 points. Liberty leads with 1,297.5 total points, while the Eagles have scored 1,238.5 points. Incarnate Word is solidly in third place, at 932.

Team Standings
1. Liberty – 1,297.5
2. FGCU – 1,238.5
3. Incarnate Word – 932
4. UNC Asheville – 666.5
5. Campbell – 651
6. Georgia Southern – 577
7. Gardner-Webb – 553.5
8. Bellarmine – 337

Liberty A Finalists
• 400 medley relay – 2nd place in 3:40.50 (Payton Keiner (53.79), Jessica Schellenboom (1:01.23), Lindsey Cohee (54.26), Hannah Huenefeld (51.22))
• Fr. Maddie Freece – One-Meter Diving (6) (1st place in 293.15)
• Jr. Lauren Chennault – One-Meter Diving (6) (3rd place in 269.15)
• Jr. Olivia Robinson – One-Meter Diving (6) (8th place in 217.25)
• Sr. Lindsey Cohee – 100 butterfly (3rd place in 54.10)
• Fr. Chloe Harris – 400 IM (3rd place in 4:24.30)
• So. Eva Suggs – 200 freestyle (1st place in 1:49.01)
• Jr. Emma Hazel – 200 freestyle (2nd place in 1:50.60)
• Fr. Abby Strohmeier – 200 freestyle (3rd place in 1:50.96)
• So. Jessica Schellenboom – 100 breaststroke (3rd place in 1:02.15)
• Fr. Jamyson Robb – 100 breaststroke (7th place in 1:03.60); 100 backstroke (6th place in 56.29)
• Fr. Heather Gardner – 100 breaststroke (5th place in 1:02.94)
• Sr. Payton Keiner – 100 backstroke (1st place in 53.46)
• Fr. Sydney Houtz – 100 backstroke (5th place in 56.19)
• 200 freestyle relay – 5th place in 1:34.25 (Payton Keiner (23.13), Hannah Huenefeld (23.65), Raea Farquharson (23.81), Heather Gardner (23.66))

• Liberty posted 16 top-nine finishes on Tuesday night, including three event victories and 10 podium finishes. Tuesday also saw two NCAA Zone qualifying scores and two NCAA B cuts. For the meet, Liberty has earned 28 A Finals, 15 podiums, five event victories, three NCAA Zone Qualifying scores and two NCAA B cuts.

• This is the second time that the Lady Flames have served as host for the CCSA Championships, also hosting in 2019. That year, Liberty won its second conference title, while the Lady Flames repeated last year in Knoxville, Tenn.

• Freece became the first Lady Flame to win both one-meter and three-meter diving at a CCSA Championship meet, winning in a program-record 293.15. Chennault finished second, giving the junior six career podium finishes.

• Freece earned an NCAA Zone qualifying score in one-meter diving with her 293.15 in the A Final. Chennault's 269.15 in finals was good for a provisional qualifier for the Zone Championships.

• Liberty went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle for the second year in a row, led by repeat champion Eva Suggs (1:49.01). Emma Hazel (1:50.60) finished second, while Abby Strohmeier (1:50.96) finished third. Hazel now has five career podium finishes, while Suggs has four and Strohmeier, one.

• Senior Payton Keiner claimed her program-record sixth career CCSA individual-event title, winning the 100 free in NCAA B cut 53.46. She was won the 100 backstroke three years running.

• Cohee earned her fourth career podium finish, and first-ever top-three placing in the CCSA 100 fly, when she took third in 54.10. She was the top seed after swimming an NCAA B cut, lifetime-best 53.76 in prelims.  

• For the second night in a row, Harris earned a third-place finish, this time in the 400 IM (4:24.30).

• Schellenboom earned her third career podium finish, following up her 2020 100 breaststroke runner-up finish by tying for third tonight.

Historically Speaking
• Liberty has now won the 100 backstroke at each of the last five CCSA Championships. That is the longest streak for the Lady Flames winning an individual event at the conference meet all-time. The Lady Flames have won three straight CCSA 200 freestyle titles.

• Freece's 293.15 breaks Chennault's previous one-meter diving program record of 291.15, set at the 2019 TYR '85 Invite.  

• Cohee now ranks in third in program history in the 100 butterfly with her 53.76 from this morning.

• Harris' 4:24.30 is now ranked seventh in program history in the 400 IM.

• Gardner became the seventh Lady Flame all-time to break 1:03.00 in the 100 breaststroke and currently ranks sixth at 1:02.94. Robb's 1:03.19 from prelims is ninth on the program's all-time top 10 list in the event.

• The Lady Flames' 400 medley relay time of 3:40.50 ranks sixth on the program's top 10 list.

Up Next
Tomorrow's third and final day of the CCSA Championships begins at 10 a.m. with prelims of the 200 backstroke, and also includes heats of the 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 free relay and 1,650 freestyle.