Dec. 5, 2008
ATHENS, G.A. – Several Tigers hit career bests Friday as the Clemson Swimming and Diving team opened competition at the Georgia Invite in Athens. The meet features some of the nation’s best squads, including top-ten Georgia and California teams.
Rachel Regone notched an NCAA-B 22.72 in the 50 free during prelims, and followed it with a 22.77 in the finals to finish fourth. Also in the prelims of the 50 free, Lauren Sindall swam a career-best 23.00, which put her second in Clemson’s all-time list behind Regone. Senior Michelle Parkhurst also put in a lifetime best 23.04, which places her fourth in Tiger history in the event. The three later teamed with Alex Allen to swim a 1:31.06 in the 200 free relay. The time is third best in Clemson history and also an NCAA-B standard.
On the men’s side in the 50 free, freshman Myles Oliver put in a lifetime best 20.85 and finished sixth overall. Fellow freshman Seth Broster also swam a career best 21.22 in prelims and finished eighth overall. The group combined to finish fourth in the 200 free relay, with a 1:22.61.
Sophomore David Gordon finished eighth in an extremely competitive 500 free field. Freshmen Will Clark, Lee Groseclose, and Alex Carr also scored in the event for Clemson.
In leading off the 400 medley relay, Tom Recko swam a 49.37 in the 100 back, good for fourth on Clemson’s all-time list.
Another highlight on the day was Clemson’s freshman divers, Brooke George and Cassie Self, who took third and fourth, respectively in the three-meter event.
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday with preliminaries starting at 9:30 am and finals starting at 5:00 pm.
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