Jan. 11, 2007
Clemson, SC – Two days before they host their annual showdown with North Carolina, the Clemson Swimming and Diving teams had to shift their focus as Gardner-Webb and Davidson visited McHugh Natatorium Thursday night. Clemson’s men’s team used two event victories by senior Joel Johnson to slide past Davidson 121-106. The men’s team is now 7-2 (2-2 ACC) on the season. The Lady Tigers moved to 8-4 (2-3 ACC) by defeating Gardner-Webb 127-105 and Davidson 136-99.
The men’s team started their meet with Davidson off by taking the top two spots in the 400 medley relay. The team of Jason Chatlosh, Mark Vahle, Joel Johnson and Stephen Russell touched the wall in a time of 3:29.03, barely ahead of Bryce Herrington, Andy Bergren, Jay Crout, and Brian Regone who finished in 3:29.82. Sophomore Daniel Mengering (9:43.43) took the win in the next event, the 1000 freestyle, and was followed by a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 freestyle. Freshman Matt Angelini (1:44.45) finished first, Adam Farnham (1:45.28) claimed second, and Russell (1:45.67) finished third. Freshman Trey Charlton recorded his first career win in the 50 freestyle with his time of 21.85. Johnson followed that by posting his second win of the meet, this time in the 100 butterfly (52.68). Junior captain Matt Balderston (46.93) won the 100 freestyle, while Charlton finished in second place. Brian Possee (4:43.95) recorded the last event win for Clemson as he took first in the 500 freestyle. David Giambra owned the boards against the Wildcats as he bounced to victories on the one-meter (289.20) and three-meter boards (310.72).
The Lady Tigers started the meet off in similar fashion as the team of Michelle Parkhurst, Katrina Obas, Mary Paulsen, and Cassy LaRussa finished first, and the team of Rachel Regone, Alexandra Barsanti, Ashley Clay, and Lauren Sindall took second in the 400 medley relay. Sindall (24.37) then teamed with senior Kallie Deters (24.53) to take the top two spots in the 50 freestyle. In the next event, Summer O’Donnell (2:10.47), LaRussa (2:11.53), and Carmen Groenewoud (2:12.10) finished first, second, and third in the 200 IM. Senior captain Mary Paulsen made her mark on the meet as she claimed the victory in the 100 butterfly. Sophomore Toni Kroll picked up the win in the 500 freestyle with her time of 5:05.75. In the diving competition, Danielle Kazilionis won on the one-meter board (267.75), while Ali Zacker (219.30) and Jen Miata (212.85) finished first and second on the three-meter board.
Both Tiger teams will be back in action Saturday at 11 am as the Tar Heels from North Carolina come to town.
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