March 19, 2005
Clemson, SC – Clemson swimmer Kim Routh earned honorable mention All-American honors in the 500 meters at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in West Lafayette, IN. Her time of 4:45.52 was good enough for 13th place overall. Routh earned four points for the Clemson team, which stands in 33rd place heading into the final day of competition.
It marked the second straight year that Routh had earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Last year she finished 15th in the 1650 free to earned honorable mention All-America honors. Routh is the first Lady Tiger to earned All-America honors in the 500 free since Paulette Russell in 1992. Clemson had a strong history in the event in the 1980s, as Mitzi Kremer was a two-time NCAA Champion in the event in 1987 and 1989. Pam Hayden was a four-time All-American in the 500 free from 1985-88.
Routh had a 4:44.69 in the preliminary heat in the 500 free. Her career best is the 4:44.47 that she achieved when she won the ACC championship in that event last month. Routh, a junior from Sandusky, OH won the ACC championship in both the 1650 free and the 500 free, the first Lady Tiger swimmer to win two ACC championships in the same year since 1999. She was the first 500-meter champion from Clemson since 1993.
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