This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is senior swimmer Melissa Campbell. During Orange’s first meet of the year at the Orange County Sportsplex, Campbell qualified for the 3A Mideast Regionals in four separate events. Competing against Cedar Ridge and Eastern Alamance, Campbell finished first in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.26. Campbell also finished first in the 200 yard freestyle at 2:17.48. She teamed with Katie Belle Sikes, Sandra McCouch and Ellie Wileman to qualify in the regionals for the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay. On Thursday night, Campbell and the rest of the Orange seniors were honored at the Orange County Sportsplex during senior night with a meet against Cedar Ridge, Walter Williams and Northwood. On senior night, Campbell teamed with McCouch, Sikes and Wileman to finish first in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Campbell has been going to the Orange County Sportsplex since she was six, when she started swimming. In addition to competing for Orange, she swims for the Hillsborough Aquatic Club. As a sophomore, Campbell qualified for the 3A State Championships at the Cary Aquatic Center. She hopes to reach that prestigious stage once again next month.

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