Liberty Takes Big Lead After Day Two of the 2019 CCSA Championship

Liberty Takes Big Lead After Day Two of the 2019 CCSA Championship

Lynchburg, Va. ( – The Liberty women's swimming and diving team is in first-place with 616.5 points after the second day of the 2019 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championship at the Liberty Natatorium.

Florida Gulf Coast is in second-place with 518 points, Georgia Southern is third with 326 points, and Incarnate Word is in fourth with 307 points. UNC Asheville sits in fifth-place with 261 points, Campbell in sixth-place with 238.5 points, and Gardner-Webb is in the seventh spot with 211 points. North Florida came in at eighth-place with 184 points, while Howard finished the day in ninth at 136 points.

In the day's first event, Florida Gulf Coast captured the only relay race of the day with their 200-yard freestyle relay team of Gracie ReddingWiktoria CzarneckaHannah Burdge and Rebecca Moynihan. The Eagle team won the event in 1:30.02. The women's 3-meter dive saw the same podium finish as the 1-meter dive from Wednesday night. Florida Gulf Coast's Megan Wakefield won the contest with a final score of 336.50. Liberty Lady Flame Olivia Robinson finished second with her score of 284.70, followed teammate Lauren Chennault who rounded out the top three with 253.70 total points.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Liberty's Emily Manly did one better than her second-place finish last year and took the victory with a time of 4:51.13. Her teammate Alicia Finnigan finished second in 4:51.23, while Florida Guld Coast Eagle Linda Shaw placed third with her time of 4:52.35.

Liberty's Mikayla Herich finished first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time NCAA B-cut time of 1:59.82. She was followed by Florida Gulf Coast's Petra Halmai, who finished second in 2:01.75. Fellow Eagle Tina Elmgeen rounded out the top three in 2:01.86. Gracie Redding of Florida Gulf Coast claimed the fast paced 50-yard freestyle title for the second year in a row with her NCAA B-cut time of 22.65. She was followed by a tie for second, which included teammate Wiktoria Czarne and Liberty's Colleen Donlin. Both swimmers captured a final time of 23.05.

All of the day's results can be viewed here. The CCSA Championship will continue Friday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m., with the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries. The event finals for day three will begin at 6:00 p.m.