BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's swim team (8-9, 6-5 CCSA) returns to competition Thursday, November 17, as it travels to the Radford, Va., for the Highlander Invitational. This will be the third-straight season the Camels will compete in the three-day event.
The Camels lost to both North Carolina State (76-192) and College of Charleston (116-161) last weekend. CU did have eight top-three finishes led by sophomore Cheriesse Campbell. She had four top-three finishes including the 200 freestyle relay. She finished second in the 1000 free (10:34.61), third in the 200 free (1:57.54) and record her season-best time in placing third in the 500 free (5:05.34). Campbell also teamed up with freshman Meredith Cooper, junior Kaitlyn Tunstall and freshman Larissa Joassaint to finish as the runner-up in the 200 free relay (1:40.78). Kylie Warne aided the Camels efforts on the afternoon with three top-three finishes. Warne won the 200 IM (2:11.76) and finished third in the 200 butterfly (2:09.47). Both the 200 IM and 200 butterfly times were season best times for the sophomore. CU's other top-three finish came from Charlotte Cornet finishing as the runner-up in the 100 breast (1:09.07). She was also part of the 400 medley relay team along with sophomore Kaitlyn Burnette, Warne and Joassaint that finished third (4:03.55).
Cheriesse Campbell has continued to be the team's leader in the season statistics with 17 individual top-three finishes and eight event wins. Sophomores Kylie Warne and Charlotte Cornet are lending a helping hand as they have 16 and 14 top-three finishes respectively.
The three-day meet at Radford will be the first multi-day meet this season for the Camels. The team competes against nine other schools with five being members of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA). During the meet the Camels will face Radford, Liberty, North Carolina A&T, Georgia Southern and North Florida, in addition to Millersville, Mt. St. Mary's, St. Francis (Pa.) and Youngstown State. Last season's Highlander Invitational saw the Camels place third with a team score of 587.5.
The Invitational starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, with preliminaries, and the finals begin both nights at 6 p.m. The final preliminary is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, with the last final beginning at 4:15 p.m.
After this week's action, the Camels have a break for finals and the holidays and get back in the pool on Jan. 21 with a road meet against East Carolina at 1 p.m. in Greenville.