GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T will compete in a pair of dual meets over the weekend when it hosts VMI Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m., and Radford on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Both meets will take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Along with opening its home schedule on Friday, A&T will also continue its Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) conference schedule.
The Aggies will face VMI for the second time this season. A&T recently tied the Keydets at 105 in a tri-meet where it defeated Howard, 105-88. A&T clinched three first place finishes en route to the tie.
“It's going to be an exciting meet,” head coach Shawn Hendrix said. “The ladies are mentally and physically ready for yet another challenge of the odds against Aggie underdogs. Last time VMI had diving points before we ever swam a lap. This challenge is called the numbers game. VMI has a full roster of 21 ladies however only 18 can score.”
In the distance events, Jade Hill won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 12:12.01. Niya Ross clocked a time of 2:06.12 in the 200-yard freestyle and finished first. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Danielle Jackson led the way (1:10.61) to clinch the win. A&T also used several second and third place finishes at their last meet which helped them land a successful weekend.
Since that meet, VMI has posted a 1-3 record with a win against Clemson (diving only) but fell to Radford, Davidson, and UNC Asheville. Radford dominated against VMI, winning 12 of 13 events with a final score of 184-48.
“Needless to say most of the VMI ladies will only swim one or two events,” Hendrix said. “All the Aggies swimmers will swim the maximum of three events. Many of them will swim back to back events. With the positive leadership of upperclassman distant swimmer Christian Hill and the focus of our captains, I expect more school records to be broken and the Aggie underdogs win.”
The Highlanders have faced some stiff competition in the pool this season and have faced losses to James Madison 166-72, Va. Tech, JMU, Liberty, and UNC 295-57 and Campbell 191-71.
Following this weekend’s meets, A&T will host Campbell in a CCSA meet on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center beginning at 5 p.m.