BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After nearly two months away from competition, Campbell's swim team (8-9, 6-5 CCSA) gets back into action for the first time in 2012 with the spring portion of the schedule beginning this weekend. The Camels travel to Greenville, N.C. to take on East Carolina and William & Mary on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Minges Natatorium.
The Camels last competed at the Highlander Invitational from Nov. 17-19. Campbell went into the third day of the competition in third place but rallied to win the meet with 673 points. CU had an outstanding meet from an individual standpoint as well. Sophomore Cheriesse Campbell set the pool record in the 500 free with a season-best time of 4:59.65. She also set a school record in the 200 free (1:52.52) and a meet record in the 1,650 free (17:24.37). Sophomore Kylie Warne set the school record in the 200 IM (2:08.58) and the 400 IM (4:29.94). Freshman Sydney Postmus also set the school record in the 200 back (2:06.94). The 400 free relay team of Postmus, freshman Larissa Joassaint, junior Kaitlyn Tunstall and Cheriesse Campbell set the school record in their event with a time of 3:32.93. The 400 medley relay team of Postmus, sophomore Charlotte Cornet, Warne and Joassaint swam a 3:55.03 to break the pool and school record. The time also has the team ranked second in the conference in the event.
Cheriesse Campbell has also been the team's leader in the season statistics with 20 individual top-three finishes and 11 event wins. Sophomore Kylie Warne has 19 top-three finishes on the season and seven event wins. Warne is the highest ranking member of the team in the conference and currently ranks third in the CCSA in the 400 IM.
East Carolina (5-2) defeated Old Dominion on Jan. 14 by a 155-143 score. Natalia Favoreto had individual victories for the Pirates in the 50 and 100 free. Holly Berenotto also picked up an individual victory in the 200 free. This is the last home meet of the season for ECU.
William & Mary (5-4) lost to Virginia Tech last weekend by a 148-111 score. The Tribe earned four individual victories in the loss with Caylyn Tate winning the 1,650 free, Hailey Hewitt won the 200 back, Molly Emery earned the victory in the 200 free and Brodde Lamb won the 200 IM. Emery has been the team's best swimmer with 13 dual-meet victories this season.
After this weekend, the Camels return home for the final home meet of the season. CU will take on conference rival North Carolina A&T on Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Johnson Aquatic Center in what will also be Senior Day for CU's Melissa Eller, Cameron Gorse, Emily Michael and Libby Sanderson.