February 14, 2012

Swimming Off To CCSA Championships This Week

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's swim team competes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships from Feb. 16-18 this week in Athens, Ga. The Camels will look to improve on the team's eighth-place finish from a season ago. The CU program has finished between sixth and eighth in each of the last three seasons. The events during each morning will be the timed trials starting at 10 a.m.  The finals from the morning events for each day are held each evening starting at 6 p.m.

The Camels (12-15, 10-8 CCSA) have had a strong 2011-12 season and are looking to finish it on a positive note and improve on last year's finish. Leading the Camels at the championships will be sophomore Cheriesse Campbell. Campbell leads CU and has the team's top event times in the 200 free (1:52.52), 500 free (4:59.65), 1,000 free (10:30.07) and 1,650 free (17:24.37). This season she has already set school records in the 200 free and 1,000 free. She also owns the school records in the 500 free and the 1,650 free that she set at the 2011 CCSA Championships.  Cheriesse Campbell ranks fourth in the conference in the 1,650 free, fifth in the 500 and 1,000 free and sixth in the 200 free. The Sunrise, Fla. native was named the CCSA's Swimmer of the Week on Feb. 7 for the second time in her career. She is tied for the team lead with 24 top-three finishes on the campaign.

Fellow sophomore Kylie Warne has also had an outstanding season. She is tied for the team lead with 24 top-three finishes in individual events. Warne has recorded the program's top times in the 50 back (28.48), 200 fly (2:08.62), 200 IM (2:08.58) and 400 IM (4:29.94). She set the school records in the 200 IM earlier this season. Warne is ranked third in the 400 IM, eighth in the 200 IM, ninth in the 200 fly and 13th in the 50 back in the conference heading into the championships.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Burnette is another to watch as she is the program's record holder in the 100 butterfly (57.92), 50 back (27.88), 100 back (58.58) and 200 back (2:06.94). She set the 200 back mark this season.

Freshman Larissa Joassaint has made an immediate impact this season and is the team leader in the 50 free (24.66), 100 free (53.20) and the 100 fly (58.71). Fellow rookie Sydney Postmus has also stood out and has the top times in the 100 back (59.31) and the 200 back (2:06.94).

Sophomore Charlotte Cornet has recorded the program's top times in the 100 breast (1:06.26) and the 200 breast (2:25.67). She was named the CCSA's Swimmer of the Week earlier this season (10/19/11).

The last Campbell swimmer to achieve all-conference status was Cheriesse Campbell, who finished third in the 1,650 free at last year's CCSA Championship. Heidi Shallow remains the only other CU swimmer to be an all-conference selection since Campbell started the program. Shallow won the 200 breast in 2008. In order to be an all-conference selection a CCSA swimmer needs to finish in the top-three of an individual event at the championships.

 

Feb. 16 Events

Trials (10 a.m.)

-200 Medley Relay 'B'

-500 Freestyle

-200 IM

-50 Free

-400 Medley Relay 'B'

Finals (6 p.m.)

-200 Freestyle Relay 'A'

-500 Freestyle

-200 IM

-50 Free

Feb. 17 Events

Trials (10 a.m.)

-200 Medley Relay 'B'

-400 IM

-100 Butterfly

-200 Freestyle

-100 Breaststroke

-100 Backstroke

-800 Freestyle Relay 'B'

Finals (6 p.m.)

-200 Medley Relay 'A'

-400 IM

-100 Butterfly

-200 Freestyle

-100 Breaststroke

-100 Backstroke

-800 Freestyle Relay 'A'

Feb. 18 Events

Trials (10 a.m.)

-200 Backstroke

-100 Freestyle

-200 Breaststroke

-200 Butterfly

-400 Freestyle Relay 'B'

-1,650 Freestyle

Finals (6 p.m.)

-1,650 Freestyle

-200 Backstroke

-100 Freestyle

-200 Breaststroke

-200 Butterfly

-400 Freestyle Relay 'A'