Feb. 24, 2007
Chapel Hill, NC- Heading into the final session of the ACC Championships, the Clemson Men’s Swimming and Diving team put themselves in a position to move up from fifth place. Virginia Tech currently sits in fourth place, just 37.5 points in front of the Tigers.
To start the morning, the Tigers had four swimmers qualify for the consolation finals fo the 200 backstroke. Freshman Thomas Recko (1:48.16) led the way in 10th, followed by Taylor Thompson (1:49.46) in 11th, Joel Johnson (1:49.60) in 12th, and Jay Crout (1:50.80) in 15th. All four were season best times. Clemson cleaned up in the 100 freestyle as well, as they will have four in position to score points tonight. Farnham led the way as he qualified eighth, and will be in the championship heat with his time of 44.83. Stephen Russell (45.30), Mark Vahle (45.33), and Bryce Herrington (45.44) combined to take the 13th, 14th, and 15th spots, respectively. In the 200 breaststroke, Attila Ruszka (2:03.81) and Brett MacLennan (2:03.88) will be seeded 14th and 15th in the consolation finals. The Tigers closed out the morning by having Farnham (1:50.04) and Matt Angelini (1:50.96) sneak into the consolation finals of the 200 butterfly. Farnham will be seeded 14th, and Angelini just touched out teammate Daniel Mengering (1:50.97) for the 16th spot.
The timed final heats of the 1650 freestyle will be swum this afternoon between the morning and night sessions. Clemson will be back to Koury Natatorium at 7 p.m. for the finals of the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and 400 freestyle relay. Tonight’s finals can be viewed live at the ACC Select website.
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