BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's swim team (5-2, 3-0 CCSA) has a busy weekend and travels to Statesboro, Ga. to take on Georgia Southern on Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. and to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete against North Florida on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.
The Camels have been competing well and are riding team victories in the last three meets against four different opponents. CU claimed a 156-40 victory over North Carolina A&T last weekend. Campbell had a strong team effort with 29 top-three finishes. Freshman Meredith Cooper won a pair of individual events for CU with victories in the 200 free (2:00.46) and the 500 free (5:29.12). Junior Kaitlyn Tunstall had a steady performance with an individual victory in the 100 back (1:03.02) and was part of the event winning 200 free relay team and the 200 medley relay team that finished as the runner-up in the event.
Sophomores Cheriesse Campbell, Charlotte Cornet and Kylie Warne have been the team's top performers with six top-three finishes each. Cornet is the team's top swimmer in the conference rankings and enters the week placing fourth in the 100 breast (1:07.14) and eighth in the 200 breast (2:27.32). Cheriesse Campbell is ranked fifth in the 200 free (1:54.94), eighth in the 500 free (5:10.10) and 12th in the 1,000 free (11:03.81). Kylie Warne is fifth in the 1,000 free (10:40.97), tied for sixth in the 50 back (28.48), seventh in the 200 fly (2:10.85) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:12.01)
Georgia Southern split the team's season opening dual meet with a 131-74 win over Savannah College of Art & Design and a 121-79 loss to Clemson last weekend. Freshman Elaina Lanson finished second in the 50 free, third in the 100 free and was part of the 200 free relay team that won their event. Georgia Southern is coached by Nate Kellogg, who is in his eighth season in charge of the Eagles. He won a school-record 13 dual meets last season and finished fourth at the 2011 CCSA Championship.
North Florida opened the season on Oct. 7 at the Florida Invitational. The three-day event was also the last competition for UNF prior to this weekend. The women's team finished seventh at the meet that featured just schools from the Sunshine State. Christine Kemp has been the top performer and ranks fifth in the conference in the 500 free and sixth in the 1,650 free. Bridget Woods has also competed well and is third in the conference in the 200 breast, third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breast. The program finished fifth at the 2011 CCSA Championship and is coached by Beth Harrell.
After this weekend the Camels return home to host fellow CCSA rival Liberty on Friday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. at the Johnson Aquatic Center.