November 2, 2011

Swimming Takes On CCSA Rivals Liberty, Gardner-Webb, VMI and North Carolina A&T This Weekend

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's swim team (6-5, 4-2 CCSA) returns home briefly to host CCSA rival Liberty on Friday evening, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. at the Johnson Aquatic Center before traveling to Boling Springs to take on three CCSA teams in Gardner-Webb, VMI and North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at Bost Pool. 

The Camels are coming off a busy week that saw the team in two different states to take on four different teams. CU competed well and were led at the meets by Cheriesse Campbell. The sophomore from Sunrise, Fla. totaled three individual event wins on the weekend with a victory in the 1,000 free (10:37.63) and two wins in the 500 free (5:12.01 & 5:08.06). Individually she finished second in the 100 free (55.15) and fourth in the 200 free (1:56.93. She was also part of the 200 free relay  (1:39.60) and the 400 free relay teams (3:40.35) that finished second and third in events. Freshman Sydney Postmus also had a strong weekend for the Camels and placed second in the 100 free (54.29) and 100 back (1:02.00), third in the 50 free (25.10) and was part of the 200 free relay team (1:39.60) that were the runner-up on Friday and the 200 medley relay team (1:52.46) that finished second on Saturday. Other event winners for the Camels on the weekend include sophomore Kylie Warne in the 200 butterfly (2:10.93) and junior Kaitlyn Tunstall in the 100 butterfly (1:01.30) 

Cheriesse Campbell has also been the team's leader in the season statistics with 10 individual top-three finishes and five event wins. Sophomores Charlotte Cornet and Kylie Warne have nine top-three finishes each.

Liberty (2-0) is coming in off a 172-116 victory over Radford last weekend. The Lady Flames were led by freshman Erin Curry. Curry broke the school record in the 200 IM and won both the 200 breast and 1000 free against the Highlanders. She was also part of the 200 medley relay winning team.

Gardner-Webb fell to Queens University last time out by a 106.5-93.5 score. The Runnin' Bulldogs were led in defeat by wins from freshman Jenna Ballinger in the 200 back and Charity Byrum in the 200 breast. 

VMI (0-6) lost in a tri-meet to North Carolina A&T (95-139) and Howard (110.5-132.5) last Saturday. The Keydets did break six school records with MacKenzie Perkins and Megan O'Halloran breaking two records each. VMI will travel to Hollins University on Thursday, Nov. 3, before competing in Boiling Springs this weekend.

North Carolina A&T (1-2) defeat VMI but lost to Howard last time out in Lexington, Va. Lauren Bowling won both the 100 butterfly and the 200 butterfly in the tri-meet. 

After this weekend the Camels travel down the road to Raleigh to take on North Carolina State at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12.