The Meet: Highlander Invitational
When: Nov. 17-20
Where: Radford, Va.
The North Carolina A&T swimming team is getting ready to dive into a major meet this weekend, its fourth meet of the season. They will take on Mount St. Mary's University, Millersville University, St. Francis University, University of North Florida, Georgia Southern University, Liberty University and Campbell University in the Highlander Invitational held at Radford. The meet is a three-day event, and the Aggies (2-4) are looking to post great times in order to get into the CCSA Championships.
The swimming team, which is the youngest team head coach Shawn Hendrix has had in her 13 seasons with N.C. A&T, last competed on Nov. 5, taking on Virginia Military Institute, Gardner-Webb and Campbell in a meet at Boiling Creek, N.C. The Aggies finished that meet 1-2, defeating VMI for the second straight meet this season, and losing to Gardner-Webb and Campbell.
With the week off, Hendrix worked to use the extra time to good advantage, and to turn the team's focus to getting the best possible times to send into the CCSA for placement in the championships.
"It gives me more opportunity to have individual workouts with the girls," she said of having the time off following the Nov. 5 meet. "We'll gear everything now for championships."
Hendrix and the team have been working on perfecting their turns, and Hendrix said she saw much improvement with the team's turns in their Nov. 5 meet. The team will turn in the best times into the conference for placement in the Top 16 in each event for the championships meet.
Junior Lauren Bowling has had three first-place finishes in butterfly events in the team's first two meets, winning two 100-yard butterfly events and a 200-yard butterfly race.
Freshman Danielle Jackson has a first-place title in a 100-yard breaststroke from Oct. 21, a first place in the 200-yard breaststroke on Oct. 29, and second-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke on Oct. 29 to her credit this season.
Sophomore Christian Hill has been steadily improving, setting new personal bests in the 200 and 500-yard breaststrokes on Oct. 29, finishing in second in both of those events. She also finished third in the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:26:85 time in that event on Oct. 29. In her last meet, Hill performed well in the backstroke event, matching her same time from championships from last season in 100 yards.
N.C. A&T has the tenth best time in the CCSA in the 200-medley relay, which they swam in 1:57.46 against Campbell in the season opener on Oct. 21. In that race, Bowling swam a 26.90 butterfly leg, the fastest butterfly leg amongst all six heats.