Oct. 8, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Atlanta, GA on Saturday, October 10 where they will take on conference foes Georgia Tech and Miami (women) along with non-conference opponent Western Kentucky at 11:00 a.m. at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The Tigers’ opened their seasons last week with wins against Davidson to give both the men and women a record of 1-0.
The Yellow Jackets enter the meet with a 1-1 record for the men while the women are 3-1. This will be the first meet for Miami (women only) as well as Western Kentucky.
The Tigers are coming off wins against Davidson and will look to start the ACC season off strong this weekend. For the men, Clemson’s Chris Dart had a good weekend as he won two individual events against Davidson, and for the women Laura Browning earned their first career victories.
The Georgia Tech men finished third in the ACC last season, while the women finished ninth. They are returning sophomore Nigel Plummer, for the men, who was named ACC Freshman-of-the-Year last season. Sophomore Heidi Hatteberg is coming off two wins for the women in their meet last week, the women also feature Lisa Pucci who is the sister of Clemson assistant coach Mallory Pucci. Last season Clemson and Georgia Tech split as the Yellow Jackets took it for the men, while the Tigers won for the women. The win gave the women a 7-1 series record against Georgia Tech and the men fell to 34-25.
For the Hurricanes, the women had an eighth-place conference finish last year. They will be returning junior Annika Saarnak who participated in the FINA World Championships this summer. The last meeting between Clemson and Miami came in 2002. Clemson leads the series 6-2 on the men’s side and the women are 6-0 against the Hurricanes.
Western Kentucky had a strong season in the Sun Belt conference as the men finished third with a record of 7-1 and the women took first with a 9-0 record. The women are led by junior Claire Donahue, who won the 200 fly in the SBC Championships last season. On the men’s side, senior Sean Penhale who won the 1650 in the conference championships and holds the Sun Belt conference record in that event. This will be the first meeting for Clemson and Western Kentucky.
The Tigers will have a break in action, as their next meet will be October 30 against in-state rival South Carolina at 5:00 p.m. in Clemson.
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