Feb. 13, 2006
Clemson, SC- The Clemson Women’s Swimming and Diving team will travel to College Park, MD for the 2006 ACC Championships this week. The meet will start Wednesday night with the 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay, and will conclude Saturday night. The Lady Tigers are entering the meet coming off four straight wins over Gardner-Webb, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, and Duke. For the season, Clemson is 5-6 (3-4 ACC).
Senior Kim Routh is looking to repeat her performance at the 2005 ACC Championships when she won the 500 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle. Routh is seeded first in the 500 freestyle, second in the 200 freestyle, and third in the 1650 freestyle this year. Freshman Michelle Parkhurst is ranked second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 backstroke. Fellow freshman Rachel Regone is seeded fourth in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. The relays should be a strong suit for Clemson this year as well. The Lady Tigers are seeded first in the 800 freestyle relay, second in the 400 medley relay, third in the 200 freestyle relay, and fifth in both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
The ACC Championships was last held in Maryland in 2002, when Clemson finished fourth with 400.5 points. The defending champions are the Maryland Terrapins, as they won the meet last year with 655 points. The Lady Tigers last won the ACC Championship meet during the 1996-97 campaign.
Order of Events Wednesday Finals: 800 Freestyle Relay 200 Medley Relay
Thursday Prelims: 500 Freestyle 200 IM 50 Freestyle
Thursday Finals: 500 Freestyle 200 IM 1-Meter Diving 50 Freestyle 200 Freestyle Relay
Friday Prelims: 400 IM 100 Butterfly 200 Freestyle 100 Breaststroke 100 Backstroke
Friday Finals: 400 IM 100 Butterfly 200 Freestyle 100 Breaststroke 100 Backstroke 3-Meter Diving 400 Medley Relay
Saturday Prelims: 200 Backstroke 100 Freestyle 200 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly 1650 Freestyle*
Saturday Finals: 1650 Freestyle 200 Backstroke 100 Freestyle 200 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly 400 Freestyle Relay
*The preliminary heats of the 1650 freestyle will be swum Saturday afternoon. The event is a timed final, and the top eight will swim during the finals Saturday night.
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