2020 CCSA Championships: Liberty Women Power Ahead of FGCU on Day 2


The 2020 CCSA Championships continued on Thursday with the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free relay. Incarnate Word freshman Ximena Conde narrowly missed her best time in the 500 free, winning the title in 4:52.91. Another freshman, Eva Suggs of Liberty, dropped over a second from her best and took silver with a 4:54.14. Incarnate Word had 2 on the podium, with Brenda Diaz taking the bronze in 4:54.90. She narrowly held off Liberty’s Emma Hazel (4:55.09) at the finish.

Liberty’s Mikayla Herich repeated as champion in the 200 IM. She dropped half a second off her best to win it in 1:59.34. She was seconds ahead, as Gardner-Webb’s Jessi Snover took silver in 2:01.68. That was Snover’s first best time in the event since 2018. FGCU’S Liz Zeiger took bronze in 2:01.77. That’s her fastest swim since 2015.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz repeated as champion for Incarnate Word in the men’s 200 IM. He was over a second faster than his winning time from 2019 as he dominated in 1:46.86. Gardner-Webb’s Chase Mattingly, who narrowly missed the podium last season, took the silver in 1:48.17. Mattingly took a second and a half off his former best.

Gardner-Webb’s Brady Fields out-touched teammate Zach Dingfield and Incarnate Word’s Christopher Lestage to win the 50 free, 20.02 to 20.13. Dingfield and Lestage tied for the silver. FAU freshman Rateb Hussein was just off the podium with his 20.28.

Additional Day 2 Winners

  • Incarnate Word’s Alvaro Ibarra dropped over 10 seconds in the 500 free. He won the final in 4:23.96 over 2019 champion Josh Fountain (4:27.78) of FAU.
  • FGCU’s Wiktoria Czarnecka won the 50 free in 22.40, out-touching Liberty’s Colleen Donlin (22.64).
  • Liberty dominated the women’s 200 free relay in 1:30.35. They got a 22.34 anchor from Donlin.
  • Gardner-Webb took the men’s 200 free relay in 1:20.11. They had a pair of rolling-start 19s from Dingfield (19.92) and Seggio Bernardina (19.91).


  1. Liberty University                517   2. Florida Gulf Coast University     382
  3. University of Incarnate Word      348   4. Gardner-Webb University           228
  5. Univ North Carolina Asheville   206.5   6. Campbell University             190.5
  7. University of North Florida       170   7. Georgia Southern University       170
  9. Howard University                 103


  1. University of Incarnate Word    284.5   2. Florida Atlantic University       215
  3. Gardner-Webb University         176.5   4. Old Dominion University           115
  5. New Jersey Institute of Techno    100   6. Mount Saint Mary's                 74
  7. Howard University                  73

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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