A&T Swimmers Begin Preparation Championships
GREENSBORO-The North Carolina A&T women's swimming team will be hitting the road for its final two meets of the regular season this weekend.
The Aggies (2-14, 2-10 CCSA) travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to take on the Campbell Camels (8-11, 6-5 CCSA) Friday at 4 p.m. A&T will then take on a whole slew of conference opponents at the CCSA Duals on Jan. 28 at Davidson College.
While the Aggies only scored eight team points in the Highlander Invitational Nov. 17-19, they set new season-bests in 10 events. Junior Lauren Bowling and freshman Danielle Jackson participated in the finals heat at the event.
The Aggies built on their success in their last meet, which was against Radford at Corbett Sports Center on Jan. 20. In their Senior Night meet last Friday, the Aggies had 12 swimmers place in the Top 3, including five first-place finishes. While the Aggies had a good last meet, the Camels did not.
The Camels lost to East Carolina and William & Mary on Jan. 21 in Greenville, N.C. Their highest individual finish was third place in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke and a third place finish in the 400-yard medley relay.
"We're swimming 100s, so [our goal is] taking actually the things from our meet Friday and implementing the little small things we talked about working on," said head coach Shawn Hendrix about the Campbell meet. "Our tempo was pretty high. We had a really good meet. It was a lot of fun with Radford. Now when you're going into a little bit more distance, it's about fine-tuning and being consistent with doing the small things."
Campbell, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Howard, Radford and A&T will be hitting the pool at the CCSA Duals on Saturday at 1 p.m., at Davidson, which will be the final meet for the Aggies before the CCSA Championships from Feb. 16-18 in Athens, Ga.
The Aggies have faced Georgia Southern and Liberty just once this season, at the Highlander Invitational. They have faced Howard once and Radford twice this season. The Aggies have lost to each team, but have found success in individual events against each club.
"It's kind of like a prep meet for Championships," Hendrix said about the CCSA Duals. "There's no space, it's crowded, it's loud, so it really puts you in the environment of Championships, and it's fast. You've got your top four teams that are going to be there. It's going to be fast, a very fast meet, and a great environment."