Feb. 21, 2006
Clemson, SC- The Clemson Men’s Swimming and Diving team will be on the prowl at the Campus Recreation Center in College Park, MD. This will be the site for the 2006 Men’s ACC Championships. Clemson completed the regular season with an overall record of 5-5 (3-4 ACC). However, four of the five losses suffered by the Tigers came at the hands of ranked opponents. Clemson will rely on their experience of swimming tough opposition to propel them to a solid finish at the ACC meet.
At the 2005 championship meet, Clemson finished in fifth place. Jonathan Mengering was able to capture three top 11 finishes in his individual events. He was also part of the school record breaking 800 freestyle relay with Charlie Dillon, Greg Middleton, and Buddy Reed. Also returning from last year’s squad is sophomore sprint sensation Mark Vahle. Vahle is only the second Tiger ever to break 20.0 in the 50 freestyle and claimed fourth at last year’s championships.
Clemson will look for their first top-three finish at the ACC Championships since the 1988-89 season. The last and only time the Tigers won the ACC Championship was during the 1985-86 campaign.
For the events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there will be a preliminary session starting at 11 am. The top 24 in each event will have a chance to swim again at night during the finals. Only the top 16 will score in each event.
The meet will kick off on Wednesday night with the 800 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.
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