KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, February 21. THE Liberty women remain in first place with 471 points after the third day of the 2014 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimming and Diving Championships contested Friday at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center. Also on day three, six meet records and seven Conference records fell.
Florida Gulf Coast is second with 453 points and Georgia Southern moved into third with 305 points. Davidson College is fourth with 257 points, while the University of the Incarnate Word is fifth with 216 points. Gardner-Webb is alone in sixth with 204 points and Campbell is in seventh with 170 points. Behind Campbell is North Florida with 123 points and Radford is ninth with 81 points. Howard is alone in 10th place with 72 points, while UNC Asheville sits in 11th place with 67 points. Rounding out the standings are VMI in 12th place with 48 points and North Carolina A&T with 32 points.
Florida Gulf Coast started the evening session with a win by Karen Vilorio in the 400-yard Individual Medley with a NCAA “B” cut time of 4:19.19. Kylie Warne of Campbell University followed in second with a time of 4:20.27. Liberty’s Emily Duff finished in third-place with a time of 4:21.02.
After setting the Conference and meet record in the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries, Liberty’s Jess Reinhardt was just three hundredths of a second behind with a time of 52.17 to win the event. Her teammate, Bethany Wakeley, finished second with a time of 53.91, while Gardner-Webb’s Giorgie Graves finished with touching in 54.32. All three swimmers posted NCAA “B” qualifying times.
Freshman Kira Toussaint from FGCU set a Conference and meet record in the 200-yard freestyle touching in 1:47.02. After setting the top mark in the morning’s preliminary swim, Davidson’s Elise Lankiewicz finished second with a time of 1:48.57. Heather McCorkel of Liberty finished in third with a mark of 1:49.07.
Records continued to be broken in the 100-yard breaststroke as Liberty’s Emilie Kaufman posted a time of 1:00.01, setting the Conference and meet records. She was followed by Kristen Bates of Georgia Southern with a time of 1:01.52, while Florida Gulf Coast’s Tryshia Centeno finished in third-place with a time of 1:02.12. Each time qualified as NCAA “B” cuts times.
Kira Toussaint followed up her top qualifying time from the prelims to win the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.15. Her time of 51.68 in the preliminaries set a Conference and meet record and an NCAA “A” qualifying time. Sandra Wilk, also from FGCU, took second-place with a time of 54.68, while Kendall Hough of Liberty finish third with a mark of 54.66.
Liberty’s 400-yard medley relay team of Kendall Hough, Emilie Kaufman, Jess Reinhardt and Meghan Babcock set a Conference and meet record with a time of 3:36.73. Georgia Southern (Christina Moran, Kristen Bates, Megan Ostrom and Elaina Lanson) touched second with a time of 3:45.29, while Davidson (Elise Lankiewicz, Katy Williams, Meredith Nakano and Angie Healy) finished in third-place with a mark of 3:45.31.
The CCSA Championship wraps up competition on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10:00 a.m., starting with the women’s 200-yard backstroke preliminaries. The event finals for the final day will start at 6:00 p.m
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