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Clemson Women’s Swimming & Diving Team To Compete At 2004 ACC Championships

Clemson Women’s Swimming & Diving Team To Compete At 2004 ACC Championships

Feb. 17, 2004

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CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Charlottesville, VA on Wednesday to begin competition at the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-5 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the ACC. The 10 wins are the most recorded by a Tiger team since the 1988 season, when Clemson finished the season with 12 dual victories.

So far this season, the Tigers have been led by sophomore distance freestyler Kim Routh, who has won the 500 free seven times and the 1000 free five times in dual competitions. Earlier this season at the Nike Cup, Routh set a new Clemson record in the 1650 free, winning the event with a time of 16:23.84. She broke former Tiger All-American and Olympic silver medallist Michele Richardson’s previous record of 16:29.97 set in 1992. Last year at the ACC Championships, Routh took fourth place in the 1650 free and eighth in the 500 free.

The Tigers finished in fifth place at the 2003 ACC Championships, recording 339 points at the meet. Clemson’s 200 medley relay team of Lindsey Kroeger, Mandy Commons, Courtney Humes and Elise Thieler was the ACC Co-Champion in the event after tying Virginia with a time of 1:41.65. It was the first time in ACC history that there was a tie for first place in a relay event at the conference championships.

Since the ACC held it’s first women’s championship meet during the 1979 season, the Tigers have won four ACC Championships, including three consecutive first-place finishes from 1987-1989 and the most recent title in 1997. Clemson has finished second in the conference meet one time, and has placed third a total of 12 times in conference history.