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Splash: Clemson Swimming and Diving Notes

Feb. 2, 1998

Tigers Hang on to National Rankings– In the latest Speedo America’s College Swimming Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches Poll released January 29, the Lady Tigers are holding on to their seat in the rankings, dropping down to #19 from #17.

Making Their Mark– According to the College Swimmming Coaches Association of America’s College Quick 25 the Clemson swimming team holds 16 of the fastest times in the country. Seven of these times consist of relays, while the other nine are individual top times. Jennifer Mihalik holds a total of four times in the list, as teammate Erin Schatz is next with three.

Lady Tigers to Defend ACC Title– The Clemson women’s swimming and diving team will be heading to Charlottesville, Va February 19-21 in hopes of gaining another ACC title. Last year’s big win was the first since 1989, but the fourth for the women’s swimming team. The Lady Tigers defeated six-time reigning champ North Carolina in its own pool to win the ACC Championships. Unfortuantely, the women’s only ACC loss has been to the Tarheels. Looking at the latest ACC Top Performers List Clemson holds nine first-place rankings in the ACC, while six other second-place spots are taken up by the Tigers.

Tigers Split Meet with Wolfpack– The Lady Tigers added another ACC victory to their record as they trampled N.C. State 150-93 this past weekend at Casey Aquatic Center in Raleigh. The men were defeated by the Wolfpack 152-91.

This was the last meet for the Lady Tigers before they have to defend their ACC title at the Championships later this month.

The women’s team captured nine out of 13 first place spots for the win. The 200-yard medley relay team (Mihalik, Goetz, Suppinger, Lowry) took first and added their time as the third best of the season (1:47.65). Wendy Henson was the only dual winner of the day with victories in the 100 freestyle (51.57) and 200 freestyle (1:50.44). Amy Suppinger not only won first in the 100 butterfly, but she also had a personal best of 57.25, which landed her third on the season’s top times list.

Although the men’s team was defeated, the relay teams had an extraordinary day. The 200 medley relay (Collis, Hoeller, Pridemore, Petcu) swam a season best with 1:33.27. The 200 free relay team (Rogers, Stockton, Novozhilov, Pridemore) had the third top time of the season with 1:25.11. The only indiviual duel event winner of the day was Razvan Petcu in the 100 freestyle (45.51) and 50 freestyle (20.89).

Bulldogs Down Tigers– The Clemson swimming and diving team battled with third ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Friday afternoon, January 23 at McHugh Natatorium where the women were defeated 212-200, while the men lost 250-138.

This relay meet resulted in three new top times. The women’s 800-yard freestyle relay team (Wendy Henson, Christina Greig, Erin Schatz, Jennifer Mihalik) had the second highest time of the season with a time of 7:30.00. The men’s 200-yard medley relay second best time of the season was 1:35.00 set by Tim Collis, Razvan Petcu, Jano Dubreuil and Mike Pridemore. Pridemore, Petcu and Collis were also part of another relay that made their mark on the season. They belonged to the 200-yard freestyle relay along with Will Rogers that placed second in the meet, but had the third best time of the season with 1:25.22.

Tigers Qualify for NCAA– In the meet against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, January 3 the Lady Tigers 400 yard medley relay team (Jennifer Zappa, Agata Jankowska, Dori Glenn Magdalena Kupiec) broke three records. These ladies smashed the 1987 All-Time Clemson (3:46.15) and MuHugh Natarioum record (3:47.16), along with the ACC record (3:44.42) set by North Carolina last year. The winning time of 3:37.29 not only put them in the books, but it also qualified them for the NCAA Chamiponships.

Swimmers Dive into Record Books– The Tigers are already making waves on the Clemson All-Time Top-10 list. Jennifer Mihalik grabbed the fastest time in Clemson history in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.83 at the Auburn Invitational. She also is third all-time in the 50 free (23.35), 100 free (50.50) and 100 backstroke (56.18). Erin Schatz moved into third all-time in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:55.61. Schatz took over fourth place in both the 500 and 1650 freestyle events with times of 4:48.46 and 16:37.75. Charli Reasons holds a spot in six events; the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay. Lauren Rafferty takes a spot on the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 200 individual medley.

Mihalik along with Kath Lowry, Reasons and Wendy Henson teammed up to take the fastest time in Clemson history in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:23.09 at the Auburn Invitational. The 400 medley relay team of Jennifer Zappa, Dori Glenn, Magdalena Kupiec and Agata Jankowska toppled to the top of the list with a time of 3:37.29.

Razan Petcu made the all-time top 10 this year in the 50 freestyle (20.50), 100 freestyle (44.68) and second place in thee 100 butterfly (49.12).

Tim Collis made his way to the third spot on rhe all-time top 10 list in the 100 butterfly with 50:06.