BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell's swim team (4-6, 4-1 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association), after nearly two months off for final exams plus the Christmas and the New Year holidays, returns to the pool with the second half of the season beginning this week with a meet on the road against North Carolina A&T on Friday, Jan. 14.
The Camels last competed on Nov. 20 on the final day of the three-day Radford Invitational. The team had a strong showing placing third overall out of the eight teams in competition with 587.5 points. Campbell freshman swimmer Cheriesse Campbell continued her strong rookie campaign and set four school records during the meet. The Sunrise, Fla. native set school records in the 500 free (5:03.85), 200 free (1:54.31), 100 butterfly (58.23) and the 1,650 free (17:27.96). Her record in the 1,650 free broke the previous school record by nearly 32 seconds. She was also part of Campbell's 800 free relay and the 400 free relay group that set season-best records during the meet. Campbell also ranks in the top-five in the CCSA in three different events this season (200 free, 500 free and the 1,650). The freshman also has a team-best 18 top-three finishes on the year.
Freshman Kylie Warne, who was named the CCSA's Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 10, continued her outstanding campaign at Radford and swam season-best efforts in the 50 free and 100 free. Warne enters the second half of the season with the team's top marks in the 1,000 free (10:36.86), 200 IM (2:11.65) and the 200 butterfly (2:10.65). Her 1,000 free mark is a school record.
Fellow freshman Kaitlyn Burnette currently leads the team in the 50 back, 100 back and 200 back. Campbell senior Ashlyn Stumpf has been the team's top 50 free and 100 free swimmer and has also been part of the team's 'A' relay squads in the 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley.
North Carolina A&T has also not competed since the Radford Invitational. The Aggies were scheduled to compete three times since the holidays, but all three were canceled due to budgetary cutbacks. The Camels defeated North Carolina A&T 86-9 earlier this season.
Following the road meet this weekend, the Camels will return home for the final time this season and host Gardner-Webb and Pfeiffer on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Johnson Aquatic Center.