It was neck and neck between Florida Gulf Coast University and Liberty University until the final three events. That’s when the Eagles made a big push to pull ahead and win the school’s first ever Triple Distance Classic.
This inaugural meet featured every stroke for the 50, 100, and 200 meter lengths, along with the 500 and 1,000 freestyle. FGCU ended the night with 395 points, while Liberty came in second with 344. Rounding out the placings were St. Louis, third with 267, and Rutgers with 245. Much of Florida Gulf Coast’s late push for the win was due to the performance of Yee Ching Wong (Hong Kong), who won two of the final three events. Yee finished first in both the 100 IM (59.37) and 200 IM (2:06.55). Your text to link…
While Florida Gulf Coast won the whole meet, Liberty University actually won the most individual events, eight in all. Leading the way for the Flames was Prudence Rooker (Forest Grove, Oregon). She was the only triple winner at the Triple Distance Classic, coming in first in the 50, 100, and 200 breaststrokes (29.41; 1:05.90; 2:22.67). Rooker was also part of Liberty’s winning 200 medley relay team.
The Classic produced four double winners. Hannah Burdge (FGCU, 50 and 100 free), Francesca Bertotto (RU, 500 and 1,000 free), Vera Kopkrivova (RU, 50 and 200 back), and Alicia Finnigan (LU, 50 and 100 fly)