Liberty Tops TCU, Incarnate Word on the Road

Liberty grabbed a pair of wins in Texas this past weekend, defeating TCU 130.5-112.5 and Incarnate Word 162-81. Meanwhile, TCU overtook Incarnate Word 144-99 on the women’s side, and 137-94 on the women’s side. Highlighting the meet for Liberty was Prudence Rooker‘s 57.76 in the 100 IM.


FORT WORTH, Texas – Liberty earned a pair of victories on Friday at TCU’s University Recreation Center. The Lady Flames defeated the host TCU Horned Frogs, 130.5-112.5, while doubling Incarnate Word’s score, 162-81.

The Lady Flames improve to 3-2 on the season after winning in their first-ever meeting with a Big 12 program. TCU’s record stands at 1-1, as the Horned Frogs defeated UIW (0-2) head-to-head, 144-99.

Reigning CCSA Women’s Diver of the Week Brooke Fox broke two program records on Friday, in the one-meter springboard (236.93) and three-meter springboard (212.10) diving events.

Liberty earned six event victories, including five individual events and the 200 free relay. Chelsea Pond (50 free), Alicia Finnigan (100 fly), Kendall Hough (100 free), Victoria Tschoke (100 back) and Prudence Rooker (100 individual medley) picked up individual event victories on Friday.

Pond swam 24.34 to win the 50 free, while Hough followed in second with a time of 24.35. Ricki Lee Hodges clocked 24.63 for fifth place.

Finnigan turned in a season-best 56.66 during her victorious 100 fly swim. Ashley Mauzy finished in a tie for fourth at 58.19.

Hough’s 52.33 gave the senior the win at 100 free, as teammate Pond touched second in 52.43.

Tschoke earned the 100 back victory in 56.77, as Hough took second with a 57.94 effort.

Rooker clocked 57.76 during the 100 IM, taking first place. Dickinson’s 59.71 was good for third.

The Lady Flames won the meet-ending 200 free relay, as Liberty’s quartet of Ashlee Sall, Hodges, Pond and Rachel Hoeve swam 1:36.79.

Brooke Fox placed seventh in one-meter diving with her program record-breaking 236.93. She broke the record of 228.67, previously held by her sister Courtney Fox, who earned eighth with a score of 231.74 on Friday.

The freshman later finished seventh in three-meter diving in a program-best 212.10. Her score bested Madi Long’s previous record of 201.00. Courtney Fox took ninth in three-meter diving in 172.72.

Kristin VanDeventer earned second place in the 500 free, swimming, 5:05.11. Sall swam 5:10.99 for fourth, while Hannah Wakeley (5:11.43) placed fifth.

Rooker swam 2:05.92 for second in the 200 IM. Tschoke clocked 2:07.57 to claim fourth position.

Elizabeth Magnusson placed third in the 200 free with a 1:55.20 clocking. Sall (1:55.37) and VanDeventer (1:55.57) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

Liberty’s 200 medley relay of Tschoke, Dickinson, Natalie Beale and Hodges took second in 1:47.77.

The Lady Flames remain in the Lone Star State, traveling to Denton, Texas. Liberty will compete in a tri-meet hosted by North Texas. The meet, which also features CCSA foe Incarnate Word, is scheduled to begin at noon Eastern.

Swimming news courtesy of Liberty Swimming & Diving.


FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU swimming and diving teams posted strong performances in the dual meet against Liberty and Incarnate Word on Friday. The men topped Incarnate Word 137-94 while the women won 144-99. In a close battle that was decided by the final event against Liberty, the women fell 130.5-112.5.

“Our team really raced well,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “I was very pleased with how we performed.”

The Horned Frogs opened the meet with first place finishes in the men and women’s 200-yard medley relay. Freshmen Madison Ibrahim,Micaela Roemer, Alexandra Robertson and sophomore Devin Newton combined to earn first by less than a second over Liberty in the first event.

Overall, TCU earned garnered first place in 14 of the 26 events.

“It’s early in the season, and I’m pleased with our times,” said Sybesma. “Our kids have raced hard.”

Senior Mikayla Winkler placed first in the 200-yard freestyle after clocking in at 1:53.17. Freshman Catherine Maxey followed closely at 1:54.81, earning second.

Freshman Leo Sanchez continued TCU’s success by placing first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.50. In the 50-yard freestyle, the Frogs swept and earned the top-three times. Junior Garrett Hills finished first at 21.13 with sophomore John Smith and freshman Jonathan Drewes following suit.

Freshman Tommy Thach had another impressive performance. Thach placed first in the 200 IM (1:51.25), 100-yard freestyle (46.26) and the 100 IM (52.83).

Senior Kristen Connolly set a school-record in the 1-meter dive after scoring a 321.30. Jennifer Ferguson set the previous record of 315.67 in 2007. Connolly later earned a first-place score of 302.10 in the 3-meter dive.

Freshman Andrew Shurtleff also placed first in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives with scores of 332.55 and 336.23, respectively.

Senior Ford Story led the way during the 100-yard breaststroke, earning a first-place time of 57.77.

The meet ended with the men taking first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Horned Frogs return to action on Oct. 16 as the women head to Dallas for a two-day meet against SMU.

Swimming news courtesy of TCU Swimming & Diving.

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