Lynchburg, Va. (TheCCSA.com) – With 1,859.50 points, the Liberty Women's Swimming and Diving team claimed the 2019 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championship after four days of competition. This was the Flames second CCSA title in school history.
Florida Gulf Coast finished as the runner-up with 1,668 points, Incarnate Word finished third with 1,049 points and Georgia Southern finished in fourth with 990 points. Campbell claimed fifth-place with 970.50 points, UNC Asheville sat sixth with 820 points and North Florida captured seventh with 722 points. Gardner-Webb came in at eighth with 711 points and Howard finished in ninth-place with 416 points
In the first and longest race of the day, the 1,650 free, Mikayla Herich from Liberty took the top spot with a time of 16:37.35, followed by Florida Gulf Coast's Linda Shaw at 16:54.58. Lady Flame Arielle Arnett rounded out the top three with a swim of 16:58.90. Liberty's Payton Keiner grabbed her second straight CCSA win in 200-yard backstroke, with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:54.25. Her teammate Emma Hazel took second with a time of 1:57.98, and Doris Eichorn from Florida Gulf Coast rounded out the top three at 1:59.18.
Florida Gulf Coast swept the 100 free for the second straight year with Gracie Redding taking first with a NCAA B-cut time of 49.10. Hannah Burdge claimed second after a swim of 49.67, and Rebecca Moynihan grabbed third at 49.80. The Eagles then captured the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke. Petra Halmai took home first with a conference record time of 2:11.21, and Gianni Pitto continued her strong meet with a second-place finish at 2:15.32. Bre Stuart of Georgia Southern finished third with a time of after a 2:17.19 swim.
The final individual event of the meet saw a repeat podium of last year with Alicia Finnigan of Liberty standing atop it. She took a time of 1:56.61, and she was followed by Tina Elmgreen of Florida Gulf Coast and her time of 1:58.99. Fellow Lady Flame Lindsey Cohee finished third with her time of 2:00.05. Florida Gulf Coast claimed first with a time of 3:18.34 in the 400-free relay for the second straight year. The team was comprised of Rebecca Moynihan, Hannah Burdge, Wiktoria Czarnecka and Gracie Redding.
Liberty's Gianni Pitto took home the Women's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the Championship award, while Florida Gulf Coast's Megan Wakefield took home the Women's Most Outstanding Diver. FGCU's Gracie Redding took home the Swimmer of the Championship award for the second consecutive year.
There was a three-way tie that included Liberty's Jake Shellenberger, UNC Asheville's Elizabeth Lykins and Campbell's Pascal Molinard for the 2018-19 CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year. The 2018-19 Diving Coach of the Year also ended in a three-way tie with Incarnate Word's Tommy Law, Liberty's Tori Wood and Florida Gulf Coast's David Boyko were named the 2018-19 Diving Coach of the Year.
The entirety of the meet's results over four days can be found here.