Nov. 21, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are in fifth and third place, respectively, after the first day of competition at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, NC. The Tiger women’s team is in third place behind two top-25 ranked teams, while the men’s team, ranked 25th in the latest CSCAA poll, trails three nationally ranked teams after Thursday’s competition.
The Clemson women’s team is in third place with 167 points, behind 15th-ranked North Carolina (286 points) and 16th-ranked Michigan (262 points). The Clemson men’s team has recorded 151 points and is currently in fifth place, just 21 points behind the two teams that are tied for second place. Twelfth-ranked Tennessee has a commanding lead in the men’s competition with 307 points, while Kentucky, who is tied for 21st nationally, and Virginia Tech are in a tie for second place with 172 points apiece and North Carolina (T-21st) is fourth (168 points).
Kim Routh and Kim Cober led the Tiger women’s team on Thursday, taking second and third place respectively in the 500 free. Routh finished the event with a time of 4:51.51, while Cober recorded a career-fastest time of 4:52.39. Nichole Carlton placed 20th in the consolation finals of the event, posting a time of 5:05.43.
Lindsey Kroeger took seventh place in the finals of the 200 IM, recording a time of 2:04.92 in the event. Briana Brotherson finished 12th in the event for the Tigers with a time of 2:08.62. Kallie Deters finished 19th in the consolation finals of the 50 free (24.32). In the diving competition, Clemson’s Jessica Watcke recorded 456.20 points for an eighth-place finish in the one-meter.
The Tigers’ team of Deters, Lindsey Kroeger, Lindsey Kroeger, Shafer, Boden and Anseeuw finished fifth (3:49.58), while Kate Walker, Caitlin Bissell, Deering and Deters finished eighth (3:52.33).
For the Clemson men’s team, Mark Henly placed third in the 200 IM (1:50.57) and Buddy Reed was fourth (1:51.09), while Ryan Cassella (1:52.23), Jordan Raynovich (1:52.27) and Charlie Dillon (1:52.47) finished 11th, 12th and 14th, respectively in the event. Cassella and Raynovich both recorded career-fastest times in the preliminary round, finishing in 1:52.06 and 1:51.32, respectively.
Drew Scheerhorn took ninth place in the finals of the 50 free for the Tigers, posting a time of 20.95, while Tommy Rappold placed 19th in the consolation final round (21.35). In the consolation finals of the 500 free, Greg Middleton recorded a time of 4:35.50 for an 18th-place finish. Middleton posted a personal-best time of 4:34.77 in the preliminary round of the event. Eric Shulick was the runner-up in the one-meter diving competition, posting 563.35 points, while Marsh Lindley took seventh place for the Tigers (497.65 points).
Clemson’s 400 medley relay team of Henly, Cassella, Rob Kummer and Scheerhorn took second place, finishing in a time of 3:17.14. This time is just two-hundredths of a second slower than the top time in Clemson history in the event (3:17.12), which was set by the same team last season. The Tigers’ Joel Johnson, Brett MacLennan, Rappold and Brent Hitchcock finished 10th with a time of 3:23.08 in the 400 medley relay. In the 200 free relay, Bryce Herrington, Rappold, Dillon and Scheerhorn posted a 10th-place finish with a time of 1:24.06.
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