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Swimming and Diving Teams Prepare for ACC Championships

Feb. 23, 1998

Tigers Hang on to National Rankings— Speedo America’s College Swimming Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches Poll has the Lady Tigers ranked #17 in their latest poll released February 12.

Making Their Mark— According to the College Swimmming Coaches Association of America’s College Quick 25 the Clemson swimming team holds 16 of the fastest times in the country. Seven of these times consist of relays, while the other nine are individual top times. Jennifer Mihalik holds a total of four times on the list, as teammate Erin Schatz is next with three.

Defending ACC Champs Finish Third–The Lady Tigers finished third with 547.4 points in the ACC Championships, as the Virginia Cavaliers claimed their second ACC title since 1990 with a total of 818.5 points. The North Carolina Tar Heels placed second with 728.50 points.

ACC Champion Jennifer Mihalik was the only first place Clemson winner of the meet. Mihalik set an ACC record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.77. This time was an Automatic Division 1 “A” Qualifying Standard and All-Time Clemson best.

Wendy Henson, Jennifer Mihalik, Charli Reasons and Kathy Lowry are members of both the 400 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle relay placed second in each event along with a NCAA Divsion 1 “B” Standard qualifying time. The 400 freestyle time of 3:22.45 and 200 freestyle time of 1:32.70 were also the best in Clemson history.

The 500 freestyle produced two NCAA Division 1 “B” Standard qualifying times by Erin Schatz (4:53.19) who placed fifth and Christina Greig who had a personal best of 4:55.37 in sixth place.

Lisa Bartlett placed third with a NCAA Division 1 “B” Standard qualifying time of 2:03.91 in the 200 individual medley, placing her third on Clemson All-Time Top 10 list. Other swimmers with personal best times in the 200 individual medley were Shelia Humberstone with 2:06.96 and Leslie Anderson with 2:07.69.

Sophomore Jennifer Mihalik took fifth in the 50 freestyle with a NCAA Division 1 “B” Standard qualifying time of 23.40. Kathy Lowry came in eighth with a time that placed her seventh of Clemson All-Time Top 10 list with 23.78.

The 100 backstroke allowed Charli Reasons to qualify with a NCAA Division 1 “B” Standard time of 56.80, as teammate Mihalik also qualified with the fifth place time of 56.37.

The 200 yard medley relay (Jennifer Mihalik, Leslie Anderson, Amy Suppinger, Kathy Lowry) took fourth with a time of 1:44.98. Lisa Bartlett claimed fourth in the 400 individual medley with a personal best of 4:21.04, which also qualified her in the NCAA Division 1 “B” slot.

Henson snatched second with a personal best and NCAA Division 1 “B” Standard qualifying time of 1:49.04 in the 200 freestyle. Reasons was seventh with a personal best and qualifying time of 1:50.78. Greig swam a personal best 1:51.96.

Jennifer Mooney had a personal best of 2:03.94 in the finals of the 200 backstroke.

Lisa Bartlett posted an even better time than her preliminary (2:04.96) in the 200 butterfly with a 2:04.71. Teammate Kendra Kelly came in eighth with a time of 2:06.45.

Wendy Henson placed sixth in the 100 freestyle with a NCAA Division 1 “B” Standard qualifying time of 51.07.

Christina Greig placed sixth with a personal best time of 16:58.04 in the 1650 freestyle, placing her with the second best time of the season.

Men Head to the ACC Championships— The men head to the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, VA February 26-28 with a seventh-place finish in the regular season standings.

Freshman Razvan Petcu is a prominent contender for the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. He currently holds the second fastest time in the conference in the 100 with a time of 44.68 and the third fastest in the 50 with a 20.50.

Tim Collis, another freshman, holds the second top spot of the ACC in the 100 butterfly with a 50.06.

The freestyle relays hold the second fastest time in the 200 and third fastest in the 400.

Men Finish with a Win— The men’s swimming and diving team ended the regular season with a 146.50 – 78.50 victory over ACC opponent Georgia Tech February 7. The Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets in nine out of 13 events with a 1-2-3 finish in eight of them.

Wes Morrow won the the 1000 freestyle with a personal best time of 9:50.36. Chris Moro came in second with a time of 10:03.19.

The 400 medley relay of Tim Collis, Jano Dubreuil, Razvan Petcu and Will Rogers took first with a time of 3:25.65.

The Tigers dominated the sprints with a winning time of 1:44.34 (Will York) in the 200 freestyle, 21.17 in the 50 freestyle (Mike Pridemore) and 46.34 in the 100 freestyle (Razvan Petcu).

Seniors Scott Ayer, John Dunham, Dan Hoeller, Matt Nelson, Sasha Novozhilov, P.J. Olson and Sean Stockton were recognized during their last home meet. This was the last meet of the season.

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