BUIES CREEK, N.C.- After nearly two weeks without competition, the women's swimming team will host the Campbell Invitational, Friday evening at 5 p.m., at the Johnson Memorial Natatorium. The two-day event features CCSA foe North Carolina A&T and a pair of Division II schools, Pfeiffer and Lenoir-Rhyne.
The last time out Heidi Shallow topped the field three times, but Campbell (3-4, 3-2 CCSA) dropped a 190-98 decision at the hands of North Florida. The junior from Windsor, Ontario paced the field in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:08.74), 200 yard breaststroke (2:24.71) and the 200 individual medley (2:14.66). Shallow currently ranks among the CCSA's best in the 200-breast (1st) and 100-breast (2nd).
Campbell has also seen quality production from freshman standout Ashlyn Stumpf and junior Patricia Jimenez. Stumpf set a Campbell record in the 50-free (24.98) in her second collegiate meet on Oct. 26 against NC State and Duke, while Jimenez topped her previous record by three hundredths of a second at home against Georgia Southern and Howard in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.01. Jimenez also guided Campbell's 200-medley relay team to a record shattering time of 1:52.62.
North Carolina A&T enters the meet with limited experience this season having swam only one dual meet. The Aggies dropped a 108-80 decision to Radford, despite Vinetae Wynn's two first-place finishes. Wynn, a native of East Point, Ga., swam the meet's best time in the 50-free (25.70) and 100-back (1:08.23).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears carry a 2-3 dual meet record into Friday, while Pfeiffer is 4-1. The Campbell Invitational marks the first Division I competition for Lenoir-Rhyne, while Pfeiffer has already faced the College of Charleston, Georgia Southern and VMI. Pfeiffer's meet against the College of Charleston and Georgia Southern wasn't timed, but the Falcons topped VMI 158-22.
The Campbell Invitational will be the final home meet of Kristin Thomas, Katie Conely and Courtney Dail's collegiate career. Thomas and Conely have competed for the Camels the past four years, while Dail has swam two. Thomas currently owns Campbell records in the 100-back (1:03.79) and 200-back (2:12.57). The senior from Roanoke, Va. also swam the first leg of the record-breaking 400 medley relay team.
After the Campbell Invitational, the Camels will enjoy nearly two months of break before traveling to Greensboro, N.C. to face North Carolina A&T, Friday, Jan. 11. The dual is slated to start at 5 p.m.