Nov. 19, 2005
Chapel Hill, NC- The Clemson Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams finished a successful Nike Cup Saturday night in Chapel Hill, NC. The Clemson men won the meet with a final tally of 1053 points, while the women finished fourth with a total of 717 points. On the last day of competition, Michelle Parkhurst (1:59.82) took the win in the 200 backstroke, her second title of the meet. The men closed out the meet with their fourth relay win as the 400 free relay team of Brian Regone, Mark Vahle, Greg Middleton, and Stephen Russell touched first with a season fastest time of 3:00.47.
In addition to Parkhurst, senior Kelly Urso recorded a top ten finish, and had her fastest time of the season (2:04.79) during a preliminary heat. Kim Routh (16:22.82) recorded a season fastest time in the 1650 free to finish third. Nicole Carlton and Whitney Sandison finished seventh and eighth, with times of 17:13.64 and 17:15.53, respectively. Rachel Regone (50.20) swam the fastest time of the season for Clemson in the 100 free. Ashley Shafer (2:20.22) and Sarah Cefalu (2:21.31) were the top Lady Tiger finishers in the 200 breast. In the final event of the evening for Clemson, the 400 free relay of Regone, Nikki Deering, Mary Paulsen, and Cassy LaRussa placed fourth with a season fastest time of 3:27.84.
On the final day of competition for the men, Brian Regone took third place in the 100 free with a time of 45.51. Mark Vahle finished fifth and sixth. Attila Ruszka had a third place finish in the 200 breast with his career fastest time of 2:01.96. Thomas Neimeier (1:52.35) was the top finisher for the Tigers in the 200 fly while senior Jordan Raynovich swam identical 1:53.25 times in the preliminary heat, and in the event finals.
The Nike Cup completed the first half of the season for both the men’s and the women’s teams. The men have an overall record of 2-2 (1-2, ACC) while the women are 0-4 (0-3, ACC). Both teams will next be in action against Kentucky on January 3rd. The Wildcats finished third on the women’s side, just 11 points ahead of the Tigers, and fourth on the men’s side at the Nike Cup.
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