Nov. 23, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both finished in third place at the Nike Cup held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Chapel Hill, NC. On the final day of competition at the meet, Mark Henly won the 200 back while Kim Routh took first place in the 1650 free to lead the Tigers.
The 25th-ranked Clemson’s men’s team finished in third place with 545 points, behind first-place Tennessee (971) and second-place North Carolina (595). The Volunteers are ranked 12th nationally, while the Tar Heels are in a tie for 21st with Kentucky. Virginia Tech took fourth place (494) and Kentucky finished fifth with 419 points. Syracuse (287), Louisiana State (241), Kenyon (135), N.C. State (119) and East Carolina (69) placed sixth through 10th, respectively, at the meet.
In the women’s competition, 15th-ranked North Carolina won the meet with 884 points, while #16 Michigan took second place with 748 points. The Tigers placed third, recording 521 points, followed by Virginia Tech in fourth (417). Louisiana State and Kentucky finished fifth and sixth with 281 and 280 points, respectively. Syracuse placed seventh (239), followed by East Carolina (200) in eighth place, while N.C. State (176) and Kenyon (129) finished ninth and 10th.
Mark Henly led the Tiger men’s team, winning the 200 back with a time of 1:46.49. Buddy Reed and Charlie Dillon placed fifth and 10th in the event with times of 1:47.96 and 1:50.83, respectively. In the 200 fly, Rob Kummer finished sixth (1:54.65) and Tommy Rappold was 12th (1:58.70) in the finals, while Ben Kanoy placed 15th in the consolation finals (1:51.99). Ryan Cassella took seventh place in the 200 breast for the Tigers with a time of 2:01.93 and Brett MacLennan finished 14th in the event with a time of 2:04.20.
Drew Scheerhorn took fourth place in the 100 free for Clemson, posting a time of 45.17 in the event. Brent Hitchcock and Bryce Herrington placed 18th and 19th with times of 46.37 and 46.50, respectively. In the 1650 free, Jonathan Mengering finished eighth (15:49.42) and Greg Middleton was 12th (16:00.75).
The Tigers’ 400 free relay team of Reed, Hitchcock, Herrington and Scheerhorn finished fifth, posting a time of 3:02.23. In the three-meter diving competition, Eric Shulick took third place for Clemson with 483.10 points, while Marsh Lindley finished fifth with 437.20 points.
Kim Routh won the 1650 free with a time of 16:23.84 to lead the Clemson women’s team, while Kim Routh was 19th (53.34) in the event.
Ashley Shafer finished sixth in the finals of the 200 breast with a time of 2:19.78 for Clemson. Caitlin Bissell placed 12th in the event finals (2:22.41) and Aurelie Gresset was 16th in the consolation finals (2:21.63). In the 200 back, Lindsey Kroeger (2:03.36), Kate Walker (2:03.93) and Kelly Urso (2:04.22) placed seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively for the Tigers. Janell Brodrick, Shelly Klaus and Meaghan Murphy took ninth, 10th and 11th in the 200 fly, with times of 2:05.43, 2:05.85 and 2:06.67, respectively.
Clemson’s team of Lindsey Kroeger, Shafer, Gresset and Nicole Kroeger placed ninth in the event (3:31.05). Jessica Watcke finished 14th in the three-meter diving competition, recording 348.55 points.
The Tigers will return to action on Dec. 20, as they travel to Boca Raton, FL to compete in the Florida Atlantic Winter Invitational. Clemson will face Florida Atlantic as well as Denver and Utah at the meet.
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