DAVIDSON - At the Cannon Natatorium on Saturday afternoon, the North Carolina A&T women's swimming team faced top conference competition in their final meet of the regular season.
The Aggies competed against Davidson, Campbell, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Howard and Radford in the CCSA Duals on Saturday. A&T lost to Campbell, 217-32; the Aggies fell to Davidson, 252-29, and were defeated by Georgia Southern, 254-27. Against Howard, the Aggies lost, 133-84. Liberty defeated A&T 210-35, and the Aggies fell to Radford 230-41.
But while the Aggies left the Cannon Natatorium 0-6 for a 2-21 overall record and 2-17 CCSA record, they also walked away with several strong finishes, including a number of season-bests.
The A&T 'A' relay team finished 14th in the 200 Medley Relay with a 2:03.07 time, while the 'B' squad finished 17th with a 2:28.24 time to start off the meet.
In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Christian Hill finished in 2:16.48, with sophomores Courtney Jefferson and Sara Simmons finishing right behind her at 2:28.53 and 3:08.51 respectively. Hill followed that up with a 1:09.72 time in the 100-yard backstroke, which was the best time she's posted in that event this season.
Freshman Danielle Jackson had a good run in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall at 1:13.12 for eleventh place. In the 200-yard butterfly, junior Lauren Bowling clocked in at 2:21.15 for 13th place. Several Aggies competed in the 50 yard freestyle, with Jackson finishing with the best time at 27.07. Senior Carolyn Pratt finished at 30.11, the fastest she's swam in that event this season.
Jackson also had the best time for the Aggies in the 200-yard breaststroke, with a 2:48.08 finish. Bowling shaved time off her 100-yard butterfly from yesterday, finishing the heat in 1:02.13 for 12th place in the event on Sunday.
In the 100-yard freestyle, sophomore Erika Eiseman had the best time for A&T, with a 1:00.70 time.
The Aggies will take the next two weeks off to prepare for the CCSA Championships, which will be held in Athens, Ga., from Feb. 16-18. The Aggies will be tuning up their performances to shave as many seconds as possible off their times in their events, and will focus on the events they will race at the Championships.
Hendrix said she will be spending time conducting one-on-one individual practices with her swimmers. Just one hour of individual practice is worth a two or three-hour long team practice, she said, because of the level of detail and instruction she can give a student-athlete.