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Clemson Men’s Swimming and Diving in Fifth at ACC Championships Heading Into Final Day of Competition

Feb. 24, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Clemson men’s swimming and diving teams are currently in fifth place heading into the final day of competition at the 2001 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The University of Virginia Cavaliers lead the field with 551.50 points while the University of North Carolina is in second with 402 total points. Georgia Tech is in third place with 274.50 points and Florida State is fourth with 268.50 points. Clemson is in fifth place with 237 points and North Carolina State is sixth with 233 points. The University of Maryland and Duke University are in seventh and eighth with 224.50 and 102 points, respectively.

The Tigers’ Matt Wilson claimed his second ACC title and set his second Clemson record with a win in the 400-yard individual medley. Wilson’s winning time of 3:51.68 set a new Clemson record, breaking the previous 400 IM record of 3:53.71 set in 1992 by Henry Faris. He had also captured the 200-yard individual medley title on Thursday evening with a time of 1:48.10, another new Clemson record. Wilson’s time broke Faris’ previous record of 1:49.07 in the 200 IM also set in 1992. This is the first time a Clemson swimmer has won two events since 1997 when Rick Aronberg won the 500 free and 1650 free. Wilson is Clemson’s first winner of the 200 IM at the ACC Championships and the Tiger’s second 400 IM champion. Both of Wilson’s times are also NCAA provisional qualifying times.

Clemson diver Craig Thomas has also been instrumental in the Tigers’ success as he claimed All-ACC honors on the one-meter board with a second place finish and a score of 547.00. Thomas’ score of 547.00 is also a new Clemson record, eradicating the previous record of 511.80 set by Brian Haecker in 1994.