Oct. 8, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host ACC foe Georgia Tech on Friday at 5:00pm at McHugh Natatorium in a designated Solid Orange Event. The Tigers opened up their seasons last week with victories over Davidson, and each sit at 1-0. The Jackets enter the meet with wins over Florida Atlantic (Men/Women) and Florida Gulf Coast University (Women only).
Head coach Christopher Ip views this as a chance to challenge his teams with a tough early-season opponent.
“From the men’s side, we need a full committed team with shared obligations,” said Ip. “On the women’s side, we are looking for a good blend of our upperclassmen and underclassmen and become a solid team unit.”
The Tigers will send out their full complement of swimmers and divers, as they were encouraged by the freshman class’s 15 wins against Davidson.
The Yellow Jackets feature returning All-American Hannah Krimm, who finished 7th in the nation in 3-meter diving and 15th in 1-meter diving. Agatha Kwasnik was the runner-up to Clemson’s Michelle Parkhurst in the 200 free at the 2008 ACC Championships, and also finished third in the 100 free and fifth in the 50 free. Georgia Tech also features Lisa Pucci, the younger sister of Clemson Assistant Coach Mallory Pucci.
On the men’s side, Mickey Malul is the defending ACC Champion in the 100 breast. Senior Noah Copeland was the 2008 ACC runner-up in the 100 free and 200 free as well.
Last season, the Tigers defeated Georgia Tech in a meet that also included Florida State and Alabama. The Tiger men hold a 34-24 all-time mark in a series that dates back to 1918, while the women are 6-1 against the Yellow Jackets.
Following the meet with the Yellow Jackets, fans are encouraged to support the Tiger volleyball team vs. Wake Forest at Jervey Gym in a 7:00 pm start. The Swimming and Diving teams will be off until October 25, when they host Virginia.
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