Jan. 10, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. – NC State’s Cullen Jones paced the Wolfpack in a narrow loss to South Carolina on Saturday, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Men’s Performer of the Week honors. Clemson’s Michelle Parkhurst was solid in meets against Kentucky and Davidson, earning ACC Swimming and Diving Women’s Performer of the Week accolades.
Jones earned his third performer of the week honor of the season after posting a trio of wins in NC State’s 121-120 loss to the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C. Jones picked up the win in the 50 free in a time of 19.77, good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and just 0.03 seconds off an A standard. Jones has won the 50 free each time he has participated in it this season, and already automatically qualified in the event earlier in the season. Jones also took first place in the 100 free, touching in 45.08 for the win. The Irvington, N.J., senior also led the 200 free relay team to victory, as he turned in a 19.06 anchor leg to complete the 1:23.31 effort.
Parkhurst helped the Tigers pick up their first win of the season, 120-113 over Davidson on Saturday. The Vienna, Va., freshman notched a win in the 1000 free against the Wildcats, and helped the 200 medley relay squad post a second-place finish. Parkhurst was also a solid contributor in Clemson’s 137-106 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday, claiming a pair of first place finishes and two runner-up finishes. Parkhurst took first in the 50 back in a time of 26.98, and was first in the 100 back with a 57.66 effort. She also helped the Tigers post two second-place relay finishes, helping the 200 medley squad finish in 1:46.75 and the 200 free relay unit to a time of 1:37.16.
The 25th-ranked Wolfpack (4-1, 3-0 ACC) returns to action on Jan. 21 against Maryland, while the Tigers (1-5, 0-3 ACC) will face Gardner-Webb on Jan. 20.
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