Feb. 29, 2008
ATLANTA – The Men’s Swimming and Diving team competed at day three of the ACC Swimming Championships on Friday, recording several personal-bests and keeping the Tigers within striking distance with 232 points.
The evening started with the finals of the 400 IM. Sophomore Matt Angelini placed 11th after putting in a 3:56.98 in the finals. Senior Sean Geary also had a personal-best 4:00.46 in the bonus consolation finals.
The 100 fly was a good scoring event for the Tigers. Senior Stephen Russell swam the third best time (47.85) in Clemson history in a fifth-place finish. Adam Farnham followed that up by winning the consolation finals in a ninth-place finish with a season-best 48.54.
Bryce Herrington led three Tigers scoring in the 200 free. After swimming the eighth-best time in Clemson history in preliminaries, Herrington put in a 1:39.34 to place 11th. Brian Possee notched a career-best 1:39.51 to place 14th, while Dan Mengering placed 15th in 1:39.94.
Andy Bergren picked up a fifth-place finish in the 100 breast in a school record and NCAA-B 55.12, knocking off teammate Attila Ruszka, who finished 11th in 55.81. Eric Lane won the bonus consolation final in a career-best 56.08, good for eighth on the Tigers all-time list.
The 100 back saw a lot of movement among Clemson’s top-ten as well. Sophomore Tom Recko swam a career-best 49.80. Jason Chatlosh put in the 10th best time in Clemson history with a50.30, while Taylor Thompson had a career-best 50.44 in the bonus consolation finals.
David Giambra placed 11th on the three-meter board with a 276.15 to pick up points for Clemson.
In the final event of the night, the group of Recko, Bergren, Russell, and Farnham combined to placed third in the 400 medley relay in an NCAA-B 3:16.22. The time was second-best in Clemson History.
The 2008 ACC Championships will conclude Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The Tigers can still pick up important points in the 1650 free, the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay. The finals can be followed live at ACC Select (www.accselect.com) or www.theacc.com.
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