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Swimming and Diving Hosts Nationally-Ranked North Carolina Saturday

Jan. 8, 2009

The Swimming and Diving team will host one of the NCAA’s top-15 programs on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in McHugh Natatorium in the North Carolina Tar Heels. The men are ranked 13th in the CSCAA poll, while the women check in at 14th overall. The Tiger men enter the meet with a record of 2-4 (0-3 ACC), while the women are 3-3 (1-2 ACC). North Carolina enters the meet with both teams 3-2 (1-0 ACC).

The Tar Heels lead the Tigers in the all-time series, with the men holding a 43-5-1 advantage and the women a 25-5 mark against Clemson. The Clemson women last defeated the Heels on January 8, 1999. The men defeated the Heels most recently on January 13, 2002, and also recorded the series’ only tie on January 18, 2004.

An interesting race to watch will be defending ACC Champion Michelle Parkhurst in the 200 free against UNC’s Katura Harvey. Parkhurst owns the third-fastest time in the ACC this season, while Harvey checks in at fourth. Parkhurst, Kelli Kyle, and UNC’s Megan Steeves will battle for top spot in the 100 back as well.

On the men’s side, junior Tom Recko will go head-to-head Tar Heel Tommy Wyher in the 100 back. The two each rank in the top-five this season in the ACC. David Giambra will have his hands full with a trio of divers from Chapel Hill, but could challenge for the top spot in both events.

The Tigers have four more dual meets in preparation for the ACC Championships in College Park, MD. After hosting UNC, the Tigers will travel to Florida State on Jan. 17, host NC state in a meet broadcast live on ACC Select on Jan. 24, and close out the regular season with a dual meet at Duke on Jan. 31.