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Orange Edges White to Open Swimming & Diving Season

Sept. 17, 2010

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CLEMSON – The Clemson swimming and diving program unofficially began the 2010-11 season on Friday with a thriller, as the White squad narrowly defeated the Orange squad, 183-182, in the team’s annual intrasquad scrimmage at McHugh Natatorium.

The team showcased the talent on its roster for fans with a 26-event competition that lasted around 90 minutes. In all, the coaching staff was pleased with the progress the team has made in the offseason.

“It’s nice to see the veterans step up and not let the new freshmen come in and take over,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “It’s good to see the freshmen come in and understand that this is another level up from high school. It was a great day.”

The White squad was led by strong efforts from several swimmers, including David Gordon, who won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. Meg Anderson performed well in sprints, winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, and David Foster finished first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Tori Cervone also showed her versatility, winning the 200-yard IM and the 500-yard freestyle.

The Orange squad was balanced, as seven different members recorded wins in individual events. Chris Dart led the way with his pair of victories in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard backstroke. Performances from Brooke George and Pat Chamberlain set the pace for the divers.

The Tigers will begin the regular season on Friday, October 1, with a home meet against Davidson.