Feb. 28, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Clemson men’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place heading into the final day of competition at the 2004 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. Six Tigers placed in the top-eight seven times on Friday at the conference meet, which is being held at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center on Virginia’s campus.
Through three days of competition, Virginia maintains a commanding lead over the rest of the field with 558.50 points, while Florida State is in second place with 361 points. North Carolina is third (329.50) and the Tigers are fourth with 293 points. Georgia Tech and NC State are in fifth and sixth place with 266.50 and 221.50 points, respectively. Maryland (178) and Duke (109) are in seventh and eighth place, respectively, heading into the final day of the conference meet.
Three Tigers finished in the top-eight in the 100 back on Friday, with Mark Henly leading the way with a time of 49.28 for a third-place finish in the event. Tommy Rappold took fourth place with a time of 49.38 and Drew Scheerhorn finished sixth with a time of 49.52. Joel Johnson placed ninth overall, winning the consolation final of the event with a time of 49.96.
Rob Kummer took fourth place in the 100 fly for Clemson, posting a time of 48.27, while Rappold finished sixth in the event with a time of 48.59. James Stoffer placed 20th in the consolation finals with a time of 51.39.
In the 400 IM, Buddy Reed was the Tigers’ top finisher, placing sixth in the championship final with a time of 3:57.43. Brett MacLennan and Charlie Dillon finished 13th and 15th with times of 4:00.69 and 4:01.61 in the event, respectively.
Ryan Cassella took eighth place in the 100 breast during Friday’s competition, posting a time of 56.46 in the event. In the 200 free, Brent Hitchcock placed 15th overall with a time of 1:40.65 in the consolation finals of the event. Greg Middleton (1:41.24) and Brian Regone (1:42.43) finished 18th and 22nd, respectively, in the 200 free for the Tigers.
Clemson’s 400 medley relay team of Henly, Cassella, Kummer and Scheerhorn posted a school-record time of 3:16.17 for a third-place finish in the event. The relay team broke the previous record time of 3:17.12 which was set by the same team at the 2003 ACC Championships.
The final day of competition at the 2004 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 with the preliminary rounds beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals commencing at 7:00 p.m.
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