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Clemson Swimming Adds Eighteen Recruits

May 26, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson head swimming and diving coach Bruce Marchionda announced today that the women’s swimming program has added seven additional recruits for next season, while the men’s team has added 11 recruits in the spring signing period. The women’s recruiting class is regarded among the best in the nation.

“Obviously I’m extremely excited to have 26 new faces on the 1999-2000 squad,” said Marchionda. “I feel like this group of student-athletes will help set the standards and move us forward on a national level.”

Krystal Ball was a four-time team MVP selection at King George High in King George, VA. She holds the Virginia AA Meet record in the 100 back and was an Academic All-American in 1998. Her personal best times include 57.83 in the 100 back and 2:05.75 in the 200 back.

Mary Brewer swam four seasons at Page High in Greensboro, NC. She was honored as the conference swimmer of the year in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Last year Brewer was the North Carolina long course champion in the 100 back, 200 back and 100 fly. She has personal best of 58.5 in the 100 fly and 2:06.1 in the 200 back.

Meghann Clifford was a member of the North Carolina Select Team and the North Carolina Zone Team as a swimmer at Myers Park High in Charlotte, NC. An Academic All-American, she placed fourth in the 200 fly at Junior Nationals. Clifford set the state record in the 50 free and the Myers Park record in the 200 free. Her times include 58.1 in the 100 fly and 2:05.1 in the 200 fly.

Erin Heitz helped St. Thomas Aquinas High in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to five state championships and swam on the Southeast Junior National Championship Team. A three-time all-star selection, she is a member of the 400m free relay team that holds the national junior record. Heitz’ personal bests are 24.0 in the 50 free and 52.01 in the 100 free.

Allison Moore was named team MVP four seasons at Palm Beach Gardens High in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She was the district champion and a state finalist in two events each season. Her personal best times include 24.55 in the 50 free, 53.4 in the 100 free and 1:59.0 in the 200 free.

Amber Odvody set the state record in the 200 free relay as a student at Lincoln East High in Lincoln, NE. She helped the team to a state championship in the 400 free relay as a junior and set the school record in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Odvody placed third in the 400 free relay at the Central Zone Championship last summer. She has personal best times of 24.64 in the 50 free and 53.6 in the 100 free.

Elise Thieler won three individual events and was a member of two relay teams that won championships at the South Jersey League Championships this year as a student at Egg Harbor Township High in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. She finished fourth in the 100 fly and 5th in the 50 free at the state championships and won the 100 fly and placed sixth in the 100 free at the USS Eastern Zone Championships last summer. Thieler has posted times of 24.6 in the 50 free, 53.8 in the 100 free and 58.1 in the 100 fly.

For the men’s team, Rob Amos will join the team after swimming four seasons at Regis Jesuit High in Columbia, SC. He was an all-state selection in the 1998 and 1999 helped his team to three state titles. Amos has personal best times of 1:41.5 in the 200 free and 4:38.1 in the 500 free.

Jeff Atteberry was a three-time all-state selection at Anderson High in Cincinnati, OH. He was chosen the Queen City Conference Male Swimmer of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and set the conference record in the 500 free. Atteberry is a four-time long course YMCA National Champion and a Scholastic All-American. His best times include 4:38.6 in the 500 free and 16:03.7 in the 1650 free.

Adam Brock set four school records at Palm Beach Gardens High in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He was a Junior National Finalist in the 100 free in 1999 and won the state championship in the 50 free in 1998. Brock’s personal bests include 20.9 in the 50 free and 46.9 in the 100 free.

Drew Cleveland was a two-time all-state selection at Pope High in Marietta, GA. He helped his team to six county championships and one state championship. Cleveland set the state record in the 200 medley relay and has held the school’s 100 back record for two seasons. He has recorded times of 51.8 in the 100 back and 1:54.7 in the 200 back.

Dan DiMarzio was a four-time High School All-American at North Canton High in Canton, OH. He was chosen Federal League and Stark County Swimmer of the Year from 1997-1999 after becoming the first swimmer in North Canton to swim the 50 free in under 21 seconds. His best times include 20.6 in the 50 free and 46.5 in the 100 free.

Pete Massey helped Fairfield College Preparatory School in Stratford, CT, to the 1998 state championship and a third-place finish in 1999. He was a four-time all-state and all-conferences selection and won the state championship in the 50 free. He holds the state record of 20.9 in the 50 free and has recorded a time of 46.4 in the 100 free.

Matt Norman was the team MVP as a junior and senior at McLean High in Vienna, VA. He was a member of the 1998 Potomac Valley Zone Team and qualified for Junior Nationals in the 100 and 200 breast. Norman holds the McLean High record in the 100 breast (58.34). His personal best in the 200 breast is 2:05.88.

Ryan Pizagno was the Cape-Atlantic League Champion in the 50 and 100 free at Atlantic City High in Margate City, NJ. He holds the school record in the 50 free and the 100 back. An all-conference selection, Pizagno has recorded times of 21.8 in the 50 free and 47.1 in the 100 free.

Nathan Spice earned High School All-America diving honors at North Olmsted High in North Olmsted, OH. He placed fourth at the state meet as a junior and senior and was the Southwestern Conference Most Valuable Diver four consecutive seasons. Spice holds the conference record with a diving score of 476.80.

Craig Thomas was a two-time Knoxville Interscholastic Swim League Diving Champion at Maryville High in Maryville, TN. He was the runner-up at the state diving meet two consecutive seasons and was undefeated in dual meet competition in high school. Thomas qualified for Zone Championships five seasons and East National Championships two seasons.

Josh Williams was a member of the Georgia all-star team and the all-state team as a student at Jonesboro High in Jonesboro, GA. A four-time team MVP, he placed fourth in the breaststroke at the state meet his junior year and placed second in the 100 free his senior season. Williams has recorded times of 59.7 in the 100 breast and 2:10.0 in the 200 breast.

These 18 swimmers will join the following eight recruits from the early signing period to make up the Clemson freshman class for the 1999-2000 season.

Catherine Blaney: Columbia, SC (Irmo HS); 100 free (52.1); 200 free (1:52.4); 500 free (4:57.2)Jenna Burtch: Holland, MI (Holland HS); 50 free (23.4); 100 free (51.6); 200 free (1:53.7)Mandy Commons: Cincinnati, OH (Sycamore HS); 100 breast (1:02.3); 200 breast (2:16.6)Jessica Diebel: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Episcopal HS); 100 free (52.70); 200 free (1:53.7); 100 fly (58.5)Liz Dwors: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas HS); 200 free (1:50.6); 500 free (4:51.2); 1650 free (16:44)Courtney Ellis: Edmonds, WA (Woodway HS); 1000 free (9:52.0); 100 breast (1:03.62); 200 breast (2:16.7)Sarah Keyes: Cincinnati, OH (Anderson HS); 100 breast (1:05.3); 200 breast (2:25.0); 100 free (53.2)Michael Harris: Jacksonville Beach, FL (Fletcher HS); Diver – Florida All-Star