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Clemson Swimming and Diving Completes Day One at Nike Cup

Nov. 18, 2005


Chapel Hill, NC- The Clemson Swimming and Diving Teams had a successful day one at the Nike Cup Thursday at Koury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, NC. The men captured three titles to open the meet as Attila Ruszka won the 200 IM, and the 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay all took first place. The women also took two wins on the first day as Kim Routh won the 500 free and the 400 medley relay took first place.

The men lead second place North Carolina by eight points after the 200 free relay team of Mark Vahle, Matt Balderston, Stephen Russell and Brian Regone won the event with a time of 1:21.29. The 400 medley relay team of Joel Johnson, Ruszka, Vahle, and Regone also took the win with a season fastest time of 3:20.19. Individually, Ruszka and Andy Bergren teamed up to take first and second place in the 200 IM with times of 1:50.18 and 1:50.38, respectively. Jordan Raynovich and Charlie Dillon also placed fifth and seventh in the event. Vahle (19.96) and Regone (20.75) recorded career fastest times in the 50 free for second and fourth place. Vahle became only the second swimmer in Clemson history to break the 20 second barrier in the 50 free. John Mengering was the top finisher in the 500 free for the men, placing fourth in the event. He had a season fastest time in the preliminaries of 4:28.32.

On the women’s side, Kim Routh broke her own school record in the 500 free when she recorded a time of 4:43.90 to win the event. Cassy LaRussa placed third with a career fastest time of 4:51.37. The 400 medley relay of Michelle Parkhurst, Ashley Shafer, Jen Grove, and Rachel Regone took first place with a time of 3:44.39. The 200 free relay of Regone, Shafer, Parkhurst, and Lauren Sindall took second place with a season fastest time of 1:34.29. In the 200 IM, junior Sarah Cefalu shattered her career fastest time in the preliminaries with a time of 2:04.48. Cefalu went on to finish fourth in the event. Rachel Regone sprinted her way to a third place finish in the 50 free with a time of 23.06.

The Tigers will be back in action on Friday during the second day of competition. They will compete in the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, and 800 free relay.