Feb. 20, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s swimming and diving team will travel to College Park, Maryland this weekend to compete for the ACC crown. The meet will be held at Campus Recreation Center Natatorium with the first event scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
The Tigers enter the conference meet with an overall record of 5-5-1 and an ACC mark of 2-3. A trio of juniors will help to lead the Tigers into action as they have all season. Jenna Burtch, Mandy Commons, and Elise Theiler have already made a mark on the ACC rankings leading up to the conference meet, and they will look to contribute to Tiger success in Maryland.
Jenna Burtch leads the Tigers in the 50, 100 and 200 free events and is ranked second in the ACC in each of the three events as well with times of 23.18, 50.33, and 1:49.36, respectively. Burtch is also a member of the 200 and 400 free relay teams that are ranked among ACC leaders. The 200 free relay team is ranked second in the ACC with a time of 1:42.40, while the 400 free relay team leads the conference with a time of 3:24.75.
Mandy Commons leads the Tigers in the breaststroke events and is a member of Clemson’s 200 and 400 medley relay teams as well. Commons is ranked second in the conference in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.88, and her time in the 200 breast is also among the ACC’s top five. Commons became the new Clemson record holder in the 200 breast with her performance at the Georgia Invitational when she posted a time of 2:16.87. In addition to her individual events, Commons is a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Both of which enter this weekend’s meet as the second ranked relay in their respective events. Clemson’s top 200 medley relay time is 1:42.40, and the top 400 medley relay time is 3:44.24.
Elise Theiler has combined with Jenna Burtch to make a conference mark in the 50 and 100 freestyle events this season. Theiler ranks in the ACC top ten in both events with times of 23.33 (50 free), and 51.56 (100 free). Theiler has made her biggest mark on ACC competition in the 100 fly this season as she has earned the second ranked time in the event at 55.55. Like her teammates, Theiler has also played a major role in the success of the Clemson relays this season. She is a member of the highly ranked 200 and 400 medley relay teams.
The Tigers will be competing through Saturday in College Park. During each day of competition, the preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. and the finals will begin at 7 p.m.
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