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Clemson Swimmers Compete at NCAA Championships

March 22, 1999

Three members of the Clemson women’s swimming team competed at the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships last weekend in Athens, GA. Freshman Cami Sink (Charleston, SC) earned All-America honorable mention honors in the 400 IM after placing 14th with a time of 4:21.19. The third Clemson 400 IM All-American in history, she qualified for the finals of the event after posting a time of 4:18.32 in the morning preliminaries. Sink holds the Clemson record at 4:15.33. Sink placed 21st nationally in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.92 and was 29th in the 200 breast at 2:24.68. She holds the Clemson record in both events. Her time of 2:01.92 tops the list in the 200 IM, while her time of 2:17.89 leads the school in the 200 breast. Junior Jennifer Mihalik from Clemson, SC, an All-American honorable mention last season in the 200 backstroke, just missed earning All-American honorable mention honors again this season in the event. She placed 17th overall with a time of 1:59.30.

Mihalik placed 20th in the 100 back on Friday, posting a time of 55.84, and swam a lifetime-best 23.26 in the 50 free to place 31st on Thursday. She won the 100 back (55.48) and 200 back (1:57.97) at the ACC Championships, setting new ACC and Clemson records in both events. Senior Wendy Henson from Forest City, NC, placed 39th nationally in the 200 free of Friday, clocking a time of 1:50.37, and was 29th in the 500 free on Thursday after posting a time of 4:55.13. “It was nice to see the team make some steps in a positive direction,” said head coach Bruce Marchionda. “We hope that we can keep the momentum and move higher in the national standings next year.” Alex Ioanovici will compete for the Clemson men’s team at the NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships this weekend in Indianapolis, IN. Ioanovici, who is completing his eligibility this season, will swim the 50 free on Thursday. He posted a time of 19.84 in the event at the Auburn Invitational on March 6, establishing a new Clemson record and qualifying for the national meet. He will compete in the 100 free on Saturday. His time of 43.91 is currently the 15th fastest time nationally.

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