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Swimming & Diving Opens Season With Orange & White Intrasquad Meet

Oct. 12, 2002

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson swimming and diving team opened their season on Saturday at the Orange & White intrasquad meet held in Clemson’s McHugh Natatorium. Orange defeated White by a score of 240-234 behind dual winners Mark Henly, Brent Hitchcock and Lindsey Kroeger. The White team was led by Jenna Burtch, Kimberly Routh, Craig Thomas and Jessica Watcke, who won two events each.

Junior Mark Henly won the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.21 and the 200 back with a time of 1:53.67 to lead the Orange team. Brent Hitchcock finished in first place in the 100 and 200 free with times of 47.71 and 1:45.18, respectively. Lindsey Kroeger won the 200 back with a time of 2:10.34, and also finished first in the 200 IM in 2:09.76.

Derrick Mulder won the 50 free with a time of 21.87 and Jon Mengering took first place in the 500 free in 4:48.24 for the Orange team. Freshman Ashley Shafer posted a time of 2:24.02 to win the 200 breast for the Orange team.

The Orange team won all four relay events in the meet. In the 400 medley relay, the Orange women’s team of Kroeger, Caitlin Bissell, Courtney Humes and Shafer won in 3:57.18, while the men’s team of Henly, Gregor Govse, Thomas Rappold and Hitchcock took first place with a time of 3:30.39. Nikki Deering, Humes, Shafer and Christine Woodruff finished first in the women’s 400 free relay with a time of 3:39.36, while the men’s team of Rappold, Mulder, Henly and Hitchcock won the event in 3:13.16.

For the White team, Jenna Burtch took first place in the 50 and 100 free, with times of 24.38 and 52.72, respectively. Kimberly Routh won the 200 free in 1:56.79 and the 500 free in 5:04.97 for the White team. Craig Thomas won both of the men’s diving events for the White team, scoring 193.30 and 273.50 points, respectively. Freshman Jessica Watcke took first place in the women’s diving events, tallying 186.20 and 217.25 points, respectively.

The White team’s Nichole Carlton won the women’s 1000 free with a time of 10:27.82, while Buddy Reed won the men’s 1000 free in 9:53.14. The White team also took first place in both of the 200 fly events, behind wins from Meaghan Murphy (2:10.86) and Rob Kummer (1:54.98). Ryan Cassella posted a time of 2:09.48 in the men’s 200 breast to earn first place for the White team.

The Clemson swimming and diving team travels to College Park, MD on Saturday, Oct. 26 for a 12:00 PM meet against Maryland and Virginia Tech.