Clemson to host rival South Carolina in swimming and diving

Nov. 2, 2005

Clemson, SC: The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host South Carolina this Friday November 4, at 5 p.m. at McHugh Natatorium on the Clemson campus.

The Gamecock men will enter the meet at 1-3 after falling to SEC frontrunners Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee. South Carolina women’s team is 2-3 with wins over College of Charleston and Gardner Webb.

The Clemson men are 1-1 overall and in the ACC after posting a win against Virginia Tech, then falling to #14 Virginia in the early season. Mark Vahle and Attila Ruszka have led the way, each with wins in the first two dual meets. Vahle has posted wins in the 50 free against Virginia and Virginia Tech. Ruszka won the 200 IM against Virginia Tech, and recorded wins in the 200 breaststroke in both meets.

The Lady Tigers have dropped their first two meets to start 0-2, but narrowly missed an upset win over #14 Virginia by 7 points. The Lady Tigers freshman class has helped shoulder the load by recording three individual victories in the loss to Virginia. Cassy LaRussa won the 200 free, Michelle Parkhurst won the 200 back, and Rachel Regone took home the victory in the 50 free. Senior Kim Routh has swept the 500 free and 1000 free in both meets.

Overall, the Clemson men are 14-34-1 against the rival Gamecocks. The Lady Tigers are 13-16 since they first met in 1975. The last win for each team came in 2004, also the last time Clemson hosted South Carolina.