Oct. 24, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will travel to Blacksburg, VA on Saturday to compete in a tri-meet against Virginia Tech and Maryland. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be held at War Memorial Pool on Virginia Tech’s campus. The Tiger men’s team is 2-1 on the season, after defeating LSU and South Carolina and falling to Georgia at home. The Clemson women’s team is also 2-1 with wins over LSU and South Carolina and a loss to the Bulldogs.
Clemson’s teams opened the season with victories over LSU, with the men winning by a score of 252-184 and the women taking a 290-200 decision. The Tigers went on to defeat in-state rival South Carolina 134-109 in the men’s competition and 141-102 on the women’s side. Clemson’s men’s and women’s teams most recently fell to Georgia, with both losses coming to Bulldog team’s that placed in the top 10 at last season’s national championships.
The Tiger men’s team has been led this season by senior Mark Henly, who was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Performer of the Week for the week of Oct. 20 after helping the Tigers to their first win over South Carolina since the 2000 season. Henly won the 200 back and was a member of Clemson’s first-place 400 medley relay team against the Gamecocks. He also took first place in the 200 back and helped lead the Tigers’ 400 medley relay team to a first-place finish in Clemson’s loss to a Georgia team that placed 10th in last year’s final national poll.
Kim Routh has led the Clemson women’s team this season, winning three individual events in the Tigers’ victory over South Carolina and loss to Georgia. Routh won the 500 and 1000 free against the Gamecocks en route to Clemson’s first win over its in-state rival since Nov. 11, 2000. Against the Bulldogs, who finished third at the 2003 NCAA Championships, Routh posted a first-place finish in the 500 free. The sophomore garnered ACC Performer of the Week Honors for her performances during the first week of the season.
The Tiger men’s team holds a 9-1 series advantage over Virginia Tech, while Clemson’s women are a perfect 10-0 against the Hokies. Last season, the men’s team took a 126-117 victory over the Hokies, while the Clemson women won a 149-94 decision. Virginia Tech’s men’s and women’s teams are both 2-0 this season, with wins over Louisville and William & Mary.
Clemson’s men’s team is 6-15 all-time against Maryland, but won last year’s meeting between the two teams by a score of 137-104. The Tiger women’s team holds a 6-1 all-time advantage over Maryland, falling to the Terps by a score of 173-70 last season. This season, Maryland’s men’s team is 0-1 after falling to N.C. State, while the Terrapin women are 1-0 with a victory over the Wolfpack.
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