Swimming and Diving

Pine Forest's Kiwaha added to Campbell recruiting class

Posted July 1, 2014

Campbell rounded out its 2014 recruiting class Tuesday with the additions of Sindija Salina (Valmiera, Latvia), Ke’haulani Kiwaha (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Eliza Burdick-Risser (Clarks Summit, Penn.).

The trio joins a group of six, announced earlier in the year. Caroline Clark (Olney, Md.), Geena Squartino (Cooper City, Fla.), Chloe Read (Denver, N.C.) and Rebecca Stanton (Concord, N.C.) were announced in May, while Michelle Case (Ft. Mill, S.C.) and Alexa Collins (Fredericksburg, Va.) were announced in December, bringing the incoming total to nine.

“You always feel good about your recruiting when you can replace the ladies that are graduating with another strong class of incoming freshmen,” said CU head coach Pascal Molinard.

Salina, a Valmiera, Latvia native, will swim individual medley and sprint freestyle events. She is a former Baltic Champion and she has been a Latvia Champion several times as well participating in the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Kiwaha was a member of Pine Forest High School’s swim team and Fayetteville Aquatics, coached by Oscar Roverato. Kiwaha will swim sprint freestyle and backstroke, and plans an education major at Campbell.

Burdick-Risser led Abington Heights High School to a district championship, also competing for the Pennsylvania State championships with her USS club team. She also competed for her YMCA team, coached by Stephanie Campbell. Mary Gromelski coached the future Camel at Abington Heights. Planning a Pre-Med major, Burdick-Risser, she will swim breaststroke for the Camels next year.

Campbell went 11-3 overall in 2013-14, breaking 17 of 23 school records.

Campbell wrapped up 2013-14 competition in the CSCAA Collegiate Classic National Invitational, the team's first postseason appearance, breaking seven new school records and taking fifth in the postseason event.

The Camels also achieved Scholar All-American status from the CSCAA. 16 Camels recorded an individual GPA of 3.0 or better for the fall 2013 semester, with senior Maggie Pogue leading the way with a perfect 4.0. Nine registered a 3.5 or better GPA.

The Camels broke nine school records this season at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association's Championships, with senior Kylie Warne earning All-CCSA honors in the 1,650 free, 200 IM and 400 IM.


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