Nov. 18, 2005
Chapel Hill, NC- The Clemson Men’s Swimming and Diving team extended their lead at the Nike Cup Friday night to 177 points over second place UNC at Koury Natatorium. The Tigers took first place in the 200 medley relay, and had at least one top four finish in each of the five individual events. The women’s team fell to third place behind Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Michelle Parkhurst took the win in the 100 backstroke with new school record of 55.09. The women also swam their way to a win in the 800 freestyle relay.
Individually for the men, Andy Bergren (3:56.72) had a season fastest time in the 400 IM during the preliminary heats, and went on to finish third in the event. Mark Vahle (49.53) also took third in the 100 fly. Greg Middleton (1:39.95) recorded a season fastest time for the Tigers in the 200 free to also place third in the event. John Mengering placed fourth in the 200 free for Clemson. In the 100 breaststroke, Attila Ruszka finished second, and Andy Bergren finished fourth with times of 55.14 and 56.94, respectively. Joel Johnson (49.33) had a career fastest time in the 100 back to place second. In the final event of the evening, Clemson’s 800 free relay finished fifth. For the Nike Cup, the Tigers have won three relays and one individual event.
On the women’s side, the win in the 100 back by Michelle Parkhurst led the way. She broke the second school record in as many nights for the Lady Tigers. Kim Routh (1:49.07) and Cassy LaRussa (1:49.93) swam season fastest times in the 200 free to place second and third. Senior Ashley Shafer (1:03.83) also had a season fastest time in the 100 breaststroke to record a second place finish. To open the night for Clemson, the 200 medley relay finshed fourth. To close out the second night of competition, the Lady Tigers took the win in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:24.36.
Both teams will finish up the meet Saturday night in Chapel Hill. They will compete in the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and meet will close out with the 400 freestyle relay.
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