Oct. 7, 2006
Tallahassee, FL- The Clemson Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams lost their season and ACC opener against nationally ranked Florida State from the Bobby E. Leach Center on Saturday. The women were led by sophomores Cassy LaRussa and Michelle Parkhurst who had three wins apiece, but fell to the defending ACC Champion and #17 Seminoles, 179-116. The men were defeated by a score of 198-97 to #16 Florida State. Both teams dropped to 0-1 (0-1 ACC) on the year.
The meet started for the women with a second place in the 200 medley relay. The team of Michelle Parkhurst, Alexandra Barsanti, Jen Grove, and Rachel Regone touched the wall with a time of 1:45.68. After that, LaRussa went to work by winning the 1000 freestyle (10:14.19). Rachel Regone, another sophomore, sprinted to a second place finish in the 50 freestyle (23.63) and 100 freestyle (52.23) for Clemson. Parkhurst then made it a sweep of the backstrokes as she cruised to a victory in the 200 back with a time of 2:00.74. Newcomer Katrina Obas turned some heads by winning the 200 IM (2:06.49). LaRussa then made it a sweep of the distance events by winning the 500 freestyle (4:59.39) and then teamed with Parkhurst, Peg Carter, and Regone to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.45). Danielle Kazilionis led the Lady Tigers on the boards as she placed third in the one-meter (222.98) and three-meter (234.68) diving competitions.
On the men’s side, the team of Joel Johnson, Attila Ruszka, Attila Ruszka was the top Tiger in the breaststrokes as he placed third in the 100 (57.52) and 200 breaststrokes (2:09.29). Attila Ruszka (1:55.28) won the 200 IM for Clemson, and the relay of Mark Vahle, and Brian Regone (3:05.14) closed out the meet with a first place finish.
Both teams will travel to Atlanta for another ACC showdown as they will face Georgia Tech, Boston College, and the women from Miami (FL).
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