1. Campbell University 1225.5
2. Radford University 664.5
3. Millersville University 553
4. Mount Saint Mary's 505
5. University of North Carolina Asheville 350
6. North Carolina A&T State University 162
RADFORD, CAMPBELL, UNC ASHEVILLE & NORTH CAROLINA A&T COMPETE AT HIGHLANDER INTIVE
With five more top-five finishes and 10 more personal bests on Saturday evening, host Radford concluded a very successful Highlander Invitational with a second place showing this weekend at the Dedmon Center Natatorium.
Prior to the evening session, Radford recognized its two seniors Kathryn Ruch and Emily Turner.
On the final day of competition, the Highlanders put seven individuals in the finals and four more in the consolation heats. Freshman Mary Flinn posted the top finish with a second-place showing in the 200 backstroke. Edged out in the final lap, the rookie turned in a personal-best 2:07.66 and improved on her top-10 time, moving into fourth.
Junior Jessica Frazelle followed her with a fifth (2:09.57) and junior Meaghan Rowley was seventh (2:14.00).
In the 200 butterfly, freshman Sarah Fredericksen charted a third-place time (2:10.66) in the final and posted a personal best and improved on her No. 3 top-10 time with a 2:08.43 in the prelims. Sophomore Claire Doherty touched the wall in fifth with a time of 2:13.64.
Fredericksen also placed seventh in 1650 freestyle (17:52.21) and was the second Highlander to break the 18-minute mark, while Frazelle finished eighth in the 100 free (55.25) after sprinting to her personal best in the preliminary (55.13).
The Highlanders concluded with a fifth (3:38.58) and sixth (3:42.56) in the 400 free relay.
Junior Haley Schweitzer and freshman Jordan Jessee went one and two in the consolation breaststroke heat. Jessee posted a personal best in the process.
The Highlanders will compete in their final meet before the New Year on Dec. 1 first at James Madison.
Campbell claimed the Radford Highlander Invitational for the second straight year behind two more school record performances from Kylie Warne on Saturday.
The Camels completed the three-day meet with 1,225.5 team points, beating out the host Highlanders, who finished second with 664.5 points. Millersville (553), Mount Saint Mary's (505), UNC Asheville (350) and North Carolina A&T (162) rounded out team scoring for the weekend.
On Saturday, Warne broke Campbell records in the 1650 free and the 200 fly, sweeping both events with times of 16:53.46 and 2:05.34, respectively. Warne reset four school records over the weekend, breaking the CU 200 IM and 400 IM marks on Thursday and Friday.
Camels took the top-five positions in the 1650 free, with Cheriesse Campbell(17:30.82), Emily Bennett (17:36.41), Sarah Jabusch (17:42.08) and Kaitlyn Tunstall (17:45.54) following Warne.
Warne's 1650 free record lowers her own mark from last season's CCSA Championships, while her 200 butterfly time breaks Magda Kedracka's 2010 tally.
The Camels finished second in the day's final event, the 400 free relay, gathering a time of 3:33.73 with Sydney Postmus, Larissa Joassaint, Cheriesse Campbell and Kaitlyn Tunstall.
Postmus also took third in the 100 free with a time of 54.11, while Meredith Cooper's 2:27.55 placed the sophomore third.
Next up for the Camels will be the UNCW Invitational, Dec. 1-2.
The UNC Asheville women's swimming team enjoyed a solid session on the final day of the Highlander Invitational.
The Bulldogs finished the meet in fifth place with 350 points. Asheville finished fifth out of six teams and beat out North Carolina A&T in the process.
The night started with Galen Broido's 1,650 Freestyle. She earned sixth- place points with her time of 17:48.79, a lifetime best by 38 seconds. Less than 20 minutes later, she placed sixth again in the 200 Backstroke with another lifetime best of 2:09.59.
In the 200 Breaststroke, freshman Alessandra Troncoso continued her fantastic freshman season. She finished first place in the event with a lifetime best of 2:23.82. Chole Carr came in fourth at 2:29.02.
Liz Acker earned valuable 11th place points in the 200 Butterfly with a lifetime best of 2:22.66.
The final event of the day was 400 Freestyle Relay. Asheville's team of Galen Broido, Kristen Lawson, Alessandra Troncoso and Ashley Ireland finished in ninth place in the event. Ireland split the fastest relay split in UNC Asheville history of 55.95.
The North Carolina A&T swimming team finished the Highlander Invitational in strong form, sending five athletes to the finals of a trio of events. The Aggies finished the invitational in sixth place with 162 points.
The day saw a school record fall, as senior Lauren Bowling broke her own record by turning in a 2:15.64 performance in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly event, besting the previous mark of 2:15.86.
Overall, the Aggies had seven swimmers compete in various finals the meet. At last year's Highlander Invitational, the Aggies had just two swimmers -Danielle Jackson and Bowling - appear in two finals apiece. The A&T swimming team also had several athletes set new career and season best times this week in Radford.
On Friday, the Aggies were represented in final heats by freshman Victoria Orr (400 IM), freshman Niya Ross (200 Freestyle), sophomore Jackson (100 Breaststroke) Bowling (100 Butterfly). On Saturday, junior Christian Hill (200 Backstroke), freshman Miranda Jacobs (200 Backstroke), Jackson (200 Breaststroke), Bowling (200 Butterfly) and freshman Jade Hill (200 Butterfly) all competed in the finals.
The success the Aggies recorded on Friday translated into strong performances on Saturday.
On Saturday morning in the 200-yard backstroke preliminary race, Hill clocked in at 2:26.09 for 14th place, while Jacobs finished in 15th in 2:27.07. In the finals, Jacobs clocked in at 2:23.09 for 14th place, while Hill finished in 2:25.71 for 15th.
In the 100-yard freestyle preliminary race, Kenya Dunn had the best time for the Aggies (57.49). Lauren Bowling touched the wall in 58.08 for a new career-best.
In the 200-yard breaststroke preliminary heat, Danielle Jackson was 15th with a time of 2:45.93. She placed 15th in 2:44.06 in the finals of that event. Aarin Miles was 19th in the preliminary race with a career-best 2:58.83 time.
In the 200 yard butterfly preliminary heat, Lauren Bowling finished in 10th place in 2:24.57. In the finals heat of the event, Bowling finished ninth with a new career-best and new school record 2:15.64. Jade Hill was 12th in 2:39.00 in the preliminary heat, and in the finals, Hill touched the wall in 2:33.18.
The success the Aggies enjoyed at the Highlander Invitational will help them as they prepare for the second half of their season, which will begin in January.