Sept. 29, 2006
Clemson, SC- The Clemson Swimming and Diving teams hosted their annual Orange and White meet Friday from McHugh Natatorium. The Orange team downed the White squad 260-253 in a tightly contested meet. Leading the way for the Orange team was Michelle Parkhurst who took wins in the 50 and 150 backstrokes, and the 300 freestyle.
On the women’s side, the meet started with the Orange relay team of Parkhurst, Sarah Cefalu, Mary Paulsen, and Rachel Regone taking the win in the 100 medley relay. Cefalu then captured the win in the 50 butterfly, and was followed by Parkhurst taking the victory in the 150 backstroke. The White team proceeded to take the next three events as Alexandra Barsanti won the 50 breaststroke, Katrina Obas won the 100 IM, and Cassy LaRussa cruised to a victory in the 150 freestyle. The Orange came back, though, with Regone sprinting to a first place finish in the 50 freestyle, and Parkhurst striking in the 300 freestyle. Cefalu then captured her third win of the day as she took first in the 150 butterfly, only to be followed by a win by Parkhurst in the 50 backstroke. The Orange women closed out the meet the same way they started, as the 100 freestyle relay team of Regone, Parkhurst, Peg Carter, and Cefalu won the event.
On the men’s side, the 100 medley relay team of Taylor Thompson, Attila Ruszka, Jason Chatlosh, and Mark Vahle just out-touched the Orange team by .10 to start the meet. Vahle followed that with a win in the 50 butterfly, and Ruszka backed him up with wins in the 50 breaststroke and 100 IM. Matt Angelini won the tightly contested 150 backstroke race for the White team. Daniel Mengering won the first event of the day for the Orange men as he captured the 150 freestyle crown. Vahle would strike back in the next event with a win in the 50 freestyle. Orange team members Brett MacLennan and Adam Farnham won the 300 freestyle and 150 butterfly, respectively. Joel Johnson came back with a win in the 50 backstroke before Ruszka came home with another win in the 150 breaststroke. In the final event of the day, the White team of Stephen Russell, Matt Balderston, Chatlosh, and Vahle won the 100 freestyle relay, this time by just .17.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be in action next on Saturday October 7 as they travel to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles in ACC action.
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