Alyssa Reed leads Lynchburg Swim Club to 32nd at Nationals


Alyssa Reed traveled to Georgia Tech April 6-8 to compete in the US Masters Collegiate Club Swimming National Championships and made the finals in 3 of the 4 events she competed in, finishing 6th overall in both the 50 Fly (out of 278 national qualifiers) and 50 Back (out of 264 national qualifiers) while finishing 12th overall in the 100 IM (out of 296 national qualifiers).  She also finished 27th in the 50 Free, missing out on the finals by less than 0.3 seconds.  Her finishes gave Lynchburg 41 points which was good for 32nd in the country, beating out bigger schools such as University of Maryland, Auburn University, Rutgers University, UNC Wilmington, Michigan State, NC State among others.  Congrats Alyssa on this amazing achievement!!!

Alyssa Reed continues her success

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This past Saturday at JMU's swimming meet, Alyssa Reed continued to impress as she swam 3 events (50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, and 50 Breaststroke) and posted fast enough times in all 3 events to qualify for Nationals!  She has now swam fast enough to qualify for Nationals in 5 individual events (after qualifying in the 50 Free and 100 IM back in November), although she will only be able to compete in 4 events per rules of Nationals.  She finished 1st in the 50 Backstroke (swimming a 29.26 seconds and beating out 59 other swimmers from schools such as JMU, UVA, Virginia Tech, ECU, Georgetown, CNU, Richmond and others) while breaking the meet record by 0.43 seconds!  She finished 3rd in the 50 Butterfly, tying the old meet record of 27.98 seconds.  Alyssa finished in 8th in the 50 Breaststroke with a time of 35.07.

Alyssa Reed qualifies for Nationals


Lynchburg's Swim Club may be brand new this year, but it already has a member qualified for the Collegiate Club Swimming National Championships to be held in April at Georgia Tech!  Alyssa Reed qualified in 2 events, the 50 Yard Free and the 100 Yard IM during a meet at NC State back in November.  Reed and the rest of the club members look to build on this success at meets this semester at JMU and Liberty!

Lynchburg Club Sport teams join National Associations

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The following Club Sport teams will be joining National Associations for competing in club sports during the 2017-2018 academic year:

Club Softball - National Club Softball Association
Ultimate Frisbee Club - USA Ultimate College Division
Women's Club Basketball - East Coast Women's Basketball League (NIRSA)
Women's Club Lacrosse - Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Association
Women's Club Soccer - Southeast Collegiate Soccer Alliance (NIRSA)
Women's Club Volleyball - National Collegiate Volleyball Federation
Wrestling Club - National Collegiate Wrestling Association

The Men's Club Basketball team will be competing in tournaments sponsored by NIRSA while the Rock Climbing Club will look to work with Rise Up Climbing to potentially join USA Climbing competitions.

"Getting Lynchburg Club Sport teams registered with National Associations provides more stability to each club as they will be playing in leagues and tournaments with guaranteed games.  Many of the teams will even be playing against club teams from Division I schools such as Longwood, Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison, and Radford.  It also provides our clubs an opportunity to compete for National Championships, similar to the Men's Club Lacrosse team who has an excellent history with 2 National Championships, 3 National Runner-ups, and 4 other appearances in the Final Four of the NCLL National Tournament," states Ben Smith, Director of Club Sports.

Previously, Men's Club Soccer (SCSA), Rugby Club (CCRC), Club Field Hockey (NFHL) and Club Baseball (NCBA) were associated with national associations in addition to Men's Club Lacrosse.

Ranked #2 and Elite 8 bound!

Men's Club Lacrosse captured the Blue Ridge/Tidewater Conference Championships yesterday with a 10-2 win over High Point (retaliation for an early season overtime loss) and a 7-6 Overtime win over VCU to advance to the NCLL Division 2 Elite 8 for the first time since 2013!  The 2-time National Champions (2005 & 2011) travel to the Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) on May 6 and 7 with hopes of adding a 3rd!