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Clemson Swimming and Diving splits meet against rival South Carolina

Clemson Swimming and Diving splits meet against rival South Carolina

Nov. 4, 2005


Clemson, SC- The Clemson men’s swimming and diving team earned a victory over in-state rival South Carolina 187-108 Friday night at McHugh Natatorium to improve to 2-1 overall. Attila Ruszka and Mark Vahle each earned three victories and Clemson swept the top three spots in four different events. The Lady Tigers fell to 0-3 as the Gamecocks defeated them 174-126 despite Kim Routh and Michelle Parkhurst winning multiple events.

The Clemson men’s team won 11 out of 16 possible events to cruise to the victory. Mark Vahle started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:32.57). Sean Geary won the 1000 free (9:22.30), his career fastest, and placed second in the 500 free (4:38.84).

Johnson, along with Jay Crout placed first and second in the 100 back with times of 51.24 and 51.54, respectively. Johnson was also part of the sweep in the 200 back as Charlie Dillon won (1:51.75), Taylor Thompson got second (1:52.35) and Johnson claimed third (1:55.35).

Attila Ruszka, a triple winner, teamed with Brett MacLennan and Bergren to sweep the 200 breast and the 200 IM. Ruszka also won the 100 breast (56.50) with Bergren coming in second (57.04).

Mark Vahle swam his way to victories in the 50 free (20.39) and 100 fly (50.33). Clemson swept the 200 fly with Nemeier taking first (1:53.61), Jordan Raynovich placing second (1:53.81) and Ben Kanoy coming in third (1:55.48).

On the women’s side, Kim Routh claimed victories in the 1000 free (10:14.01), the 500 free (4:57.10), and placed third in the 200 free (1:51.54). This is the third time in three meets that Routh has won the 1000 and the 500 at the same meet. Michelle Parkhurst earned victories in the 100 back (56.86), and the 200 back (2:03.37). Freshman Rachel Regone won the 100 free (51.98) and got second in the 50 free (23.95). Ashley Shafer also contributed two second places for the Lady Tigers. She was second in the 100 breast (1:04.92), a season fastest, and the 200 breast (2:21.75).

“We like to swim against our rivals,” said Clemson Head Coach Chris Ip. ” It brings out the best in us, and we had fast times considering this part of the season. “On the men’s side it was a team effort. They rose to the occasion. We were nervous at first and made a couple of mistakes. The men overcame the mistakes and did great. On the women’s side we simply ran out of bodies, however we still performed well. Mark Vahle won the 50 free, the 100 fly and was part of the winning 200 medley relay. Attila Ruszka won the 100 breast, the 200 breast, the 200 IM. Kim Routh continues to lead the women. She won the 500 and 1000 free events and placed third in the 200 free. We had some great performances and we enjoy swimming against SEC competition. We had a good crowd tonight, and we appreciate the alumni support. Our swimmers really appreciate the crowds.”

The men’s and women’s teams will swim Florida State in a dual meet next week as they return to ACC action. They will be looking for revenge as the Seminoles won on the men’s and women’s side last season. The meet will be held at McHugh Natatorium, however the time and date are To Be Determined due to the scheduling of the football game.