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Clemson Swimming and Diving In Sixth Going Into Final Day Of Competition

Clemson Swimming and Diving In Sixth Going Into Final Day Of Competition

Feb. 17, 2006

College Park, MD- Michelle Parkhurst and Michelle Parkhurst earned a second place finish in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 54.49, just .02 off the NCAA Automatic Qualifying time. Meanwhile, senior Kim Routh, fresh off her victory in the 500 freestyle, took home a silver medal in the 200 freestyle. Routh (1:48.74) was out touched by Florida State junior Romy Altmann by just .07 in the event.

Cassy LaRussa also earned an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time in the 200 freestyle to finish sixth. Her time of 1:49.52 was her best of the season. Freshman Ashley Clay placed 10th for the Lady Tigers in the 100 backstroke with her season best time of 57.34. Jen Grove also earned a 10th place finish in the 100 butterfly, coming in with a time of 56.25. Peg Carter finished 16th in the same event with a time of 57.78. In the 100 breaststroke, Ashley Shafer (1:04.48) and Sarah Cefalu (1:04.71) teamed up to take ninth and 11th places, respectively. Danielle Kazilionis earned three points for Clemson in the three-meter diving event, placing 14th with a score of 246.20. In the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay of Parkhurst, Shafer, Grove, and Rachel Regone touched the wall in third place with a final time of 3:45.02.

The Lady Tigers are currently in sixth place overall with 271 points. They trail Florida State (415.5 points), Virginia (375), North Carolina (352), Virginia Tech (285), and Maryland (284) in the standings. The Lady Tigers will compete in the preliminary heats of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly Saturday morning starting at 11 am. The timed final heats of the 1650 freestyle will begin Saturday afternoon after the morning session.