Dec. 19, 2004
The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both defeated Denver and Florida Atlantic at the FAU Winter Invitational held at the FAU Pool in Boca Raton, Florida. The men’s team defeated FAU by a score of 217-83 and Denver by a 180-114 margin. Clemson’s women’s team was victorious over FAU 202-98 and Denver 183-117. With the two wins, both teams even its records at 4-4 overall.
The women’s team was led by All-American Kim Routh with three individual event victories. Routh took top place in the 1000 free (10:10.05), the 200 free (1:51.95), and the 500 free (4:56.45). Jess Watcke won both diving competitions, scoring 239.35 in the 1-meter event and 251.45 in the 3-meter event to take top honors. Liz Guindon registered Clemson’s other individual victory, winning the 200 IM with a time of 2:10.03.
Clemson’s men’s team dominated the competition with 12 event victories, including each of the first eight events. Leading the way for the Tigers were Buddy Reed, Tommy Rappold, Andy Bergren, and Eric Shulick each with two individual victories. Reed took first in the 200 free and 100 free, Rappold in the 100 back and 100 fly, Bergren in the 100 breast and 200 breast, and Shulick in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions. Sean Geary won the 1000 free, Ben Kanoy was first in the 200 fly, and Mark Vahle took top honors in the 50 free to round out the Clemson winners.
Clemson swimming and diving returns to action on January 7 as the Tigers play host to Auburn. Auburn is the defending men’s and women’s swimming and diving national champions.
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