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Clemson Swimming and Diving Drops Meets Against North Carolina

Jan. 13, 2006


Chapel Hill, NC- The Clemson Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams lost to ACC rival North Carolina Friday at Koury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, NC. The women lost by a score of 181-119 despite two individual event wins by Kim Routh, Rachel Regone, and Michelle Parkhurst. The Lady Tigers fall to 1-6 (0-4 ACC) on the year with the loss. Mark Vahle led the way for the men by picking up three wins, but they lost by a score of 167-131. The defeat brings the men to a 3-4 (1-3 ACC) record for the season.

Fresh off of her ACC Swimmer-of-the-Week honors, Kim Routh touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (1:51.01), 500 freestyle (4:51.60), and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:29.19) with Rachel Regone. Routh also picked up a second place in the 1000 freestyle (9:59.74). Regone won the 50 (23.63) and 100 freestyles (51.20) for the Lady Tigers. The 400 medley relay team (3:50.60) of Parkhurst, Ashley Shafer, Jen Grove, and Regone started off the meet with a second place finish. Shafer placed second in both the 100 breaststroke (1:05.34) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.63). LaRussa also had a good meet for Clemson as she placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:51.28), third in the 100 freestyle (52.37), and third in the 500 freestyle (4:54.54).

On the men’s side Mark Vahle won the 50 freestyle (20.34), 100 butterfly (50.18), and combined with Joel Johnson, Joel Johnson (51.31) and Attila Ruszka (56.50), Andy Bergren (57.36), and Brett MacLennan (58.16) took the top three spots. Ruszka and MacLennan also had second place finishes in the 200 breaststroke and 200 freestyle, respectively. Senior Jordan Raynovich was the top Clemson finisher in the 400 IM (4:04.88), recording a third place finish.

The Lady Tigers will next be in action against Gardner-Webb Friday, January 20 in Boiling Springs, NC. Both teams will continue ACC action versus Georgia Tech Saturday, January 21 in Clemson. This is the last home meet of the year for the Tigers.