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Indiana State announced last October that it would be adding women’s swimming for the 2016-17 season, and the very first name on that roster is that of Cierra Campbell from Lawrence, Kansas.
“I am honored to be the first commit to Indiana State. I am just so excited to be a part of building a collegiate swim and dive team at Indiana State University with Coach Matt! I can’t wait to start the adventure that is to come!”
Although only a senior in high school, Campbell is already very familiar with collegiate swimming; her father, Clark Campbell, is the head coach at the University of Kansas. In addition, her older brother, Canaan Campbell, swims at Missouri State and will be a Missouri Valley Conference foe next year. Campbell’s mother, Cassie, is a club coach, and her younger sister, Claire, is a club swim swimmer.
Campbell is the reigning champion in the 200 freestyle and runner-up in the 500 free at the Kansas 6A Girls Swimming and Diving Championships. She also swam on Lawrence Free State High School’s 200 free and 400 free relays and was an huge contributor to their overall team title at the state meet.
Campbell swims for for Ad Astra Area Aquatics (AAAA) in Lawrence, Kansas, and is a strong freestyler and butterflier. She is best at the middle distances but proficient at the entire range of freestyle events. Campbell’s best short course times from this year are:
- 100 free – 52.32
- 200 free – 1:51.36
- 500 free – 4:57.80
- 1000 free – 10:18.85
- 1650 free – 17:23.35
- 200 fly – 2:10.05
Campbell would have made the “A” finals in both the 200 free and 500 free at the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championships, and her best 1650 time would have scored 9th. She is a very good “anchor tenant” for Indiana State’s new program. If Coach Matt Leach can attract several more athletes of Campbell’s stature, the Sycamores could become a formidable force in the Missouri Valley Conference during the years to come.
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