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Clemson to face #14 Virginia In A Men’s and Women’s Swimming Meet Saturday

Oct. 27, 2005

CLEMSON, SC–The Clemson Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams will be in action this Saturday, October 29, at 12 p.m. when they face the University of Virginia at McHugh Natatorium. Virginia is ranked 14th nationally in both the men’s and the women’s top 25.

This will be the second ACC meet for the Tigers as they split their opener against Virginia Tech with the men winning 139.5-101.5 and the women falling to the Hokies by a score of 108-135. Leading the way for the Clemson men will be sophomores Attila Ruszka, Mark Vahle, and Stephen Russell. Ruszka captured three victories in the 400 medley relay, 200 IM, and the 200 breast in the Virginia Tech meet. Vahle and Russell also added wins for the Tigers over the Hokes.

The Lady Tigers will be led by defending ACC Champion Kim Routh. Routh captured wins in the 1000 free, 500 free, and 200 free in the Virginia Tech meet. Sophomore Peg Carter and freshman Michelle Parkhurst also came away with victories in the 200 fly and 200 back, respectively.

The Tiger men are 12-26-1 against Virginia since their first meet in 1953. The last victory for Clemson came during the 1999-2000 season in Clemson. So far this year, Virginia has dropped their only meet of the season to Florida.

Clemson women’s team is 12-15 in their meets versus Virginia over the years. UVA has won the last seven meets since the 1997-98 season. They are also 0-1 after starting the season losing to Florida.