Feb. 16, 2006
College Park, MD- Senior Kim Routh defended her title in the 500 freestyle to lead Clemson into fifth place after day two of the ACC Championships in College Park, MD. Routh finished with a final time of 4:44.77, over 1.5 seconds ahead of second place. Freshman Cassy LaRussa (4:50.27) finished fourth in the event, and fellow freshman Toni Kroll placed 16th. Clemson finished the day in fifth with 160 points, just 38 points behind first place North Carolina.
In the 50 freestyle, Rachel Regone took home fourth place with a time of 23.11. Michelle Parkhurst and senior Ashley Shafer sprinted their way to 12th and 13th place finishes in the 50 freestyle with times of 23.62 and 23.66, respectively. In the one-meter diving event, senior Shastin Leathers (240.85) was the top Lady Tiger finisher as she came in ninth. Jess Watcke (236.40) also scored in the event as she placed 12th. To conclude the Thursday night session, the team of Regone, Parkhurst, LaRussa, and Shafer came in sixth place in the 200 freestyle relay. Their time of 1:33.14 was good enough for an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time.
The Lady Tigers will return to action tomorrow morning as they will compete in the preliminary heats of the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke. The session is scheduled to start at 11 am.
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