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Clemson Swimming and Diving to Play Host to Duke, College of Charleston

Clemson Swimming and Diving to Play Host to Duke, College of Charleston

Oct. 6, 2004

Clemson, SC – The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will play host to combined dual meets against Duke and College of Charleston on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at McHugh Natatorium.

Both Clemson teams enter the weekend with an 0-1 record, suffering losses at Florida State to open the season. The men’s team was defeated by a score of 129-112, with a Florida State victory in the match’s final event, the 200 freestyle relay, accounting for the deciding points. The Clemson women fell to the Seminoles by a score of 157-85.

The Clemson men are led by senior captains Tommy Rappold, Buddy Reed, and Eric Shulick. Rappold was victorious in the 100 fly with a time of 50.02 and in the 100 back with a time of 51.94. Reed won the 200 free (1:41.08) and finished second in the 100 free (46.82). Shulick, the defending ACC Champion in the one-meter diving competition, won the three-meter competition and finished second in the one-meter event.

The Lady Tigers are led by All-American Kim Routh. The junior from Sandusky, OH won three individual events, as she took top honors in the 1000 free (10:16.73), 500 free (4:59.21), and 200 free (1:51.07). Transfer Liz Guindon earned three top-four finishes, and Nicole Carlton had two third-place finishes.

Duke opens its season this weekend for both the men’s and women’s teams. The Blue Devils each finished last season with a 5-5 record. Clemson leads the all-time series against Duke, holding a 17-15 edge for the men’s teams and a 12-0 lead in women’s competition. The Tigers and Blue Devils last met during the 1991 season.

College of Charleston also opens its season this weekend. The Charleston men finished the 2003-2004 season with a 2-6 record while the women ended the season with a 2-9 record. Clemson leads the all-time series against the Cougars 4-0 in men’s competition and 5-1 in women’s meets. The two schools last met during the 2003-2004 season, with Clemson winning both meets with scores of 136-82 in the men’s meet and 143-87 in women’s competition.

Clemson is under the leadership of head coach Chris Ip in his third season. In his two previous seasons at Clemson, Ip has led the Tiger men and women to records of 20-6-1 and 17-11 respectively. Ip has coached seven athletes to appearances in the NCAA Championship and four ACC event champions.