Feb. 27, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The men’s swimming and diving team finished up the third day of the ACC championships on Friday with 138 points and in ninth place. The Tigers set three school records on the night, the 100 back, 100 breast, and 400 medley relay.
In the first event of the night, the 400 IM, junior captain Matt Angelini placed 12th overall, posting a career-best 3:51.75. The time improves on his effort form the morning, which was the second-best all time. His night time was only seven-hundredths off of the school record, held by Matt Wilson.
In the 100 breast, Eric Lane reclaimed the school record from Kyle Shoemaker, who set the standard during prelims. Lane put in a 54.70 to place 11th in the event, while Shoemaker was 16th. Lane’s time was a career-best as he took the school record that Shoemaker had set only seven hours earlier.
Seth Broster and Kyle Shoemaker took on the consolation finals field in the 100 butterfly. Broster posted the fifth-best 100 fly in school history in prelims, and Shoemaker the sixth. The two finished 14th and 16th, respectively, in the event to pick up points for the Tigers.
In the 200 freestyle, Brian Possee and David Gordon, Lee Groseclose, and Scott Clary picked up personal bests during the preliminary heats.
In the 100 back, junior Tom Recko took his momentum from his school record in prelims to wint he consolation finals, picking up nine points for Clemson. Freshman Jason Chatlosh posted a 50.06 to finish 18th, while Myles Oliver placed 21st with a career-best 50.18. Recko later lowered his school record as the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay at an NCAA-B 48.09.
The Tigers’ 400 medley relay group of Recko, Lane, Broster, and Oliver touched in at 3:13.70, a school record by almost three full seconds. The time is an NCAA-B standard and was almost 13 seconds ahead of their seed time. David Giambra took a 10th place finish in the three-meter event, posting a 310.40, while Ryan McDaniel placed 19th.
The men will compete in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and platform diving. Tom Recko was a top qualifier in the 200 back, and will lead the Tigers on the final day of competition.
In other swimming competition, the women’s 200 free relay group of Rachel Regone, Lauren Sindall, Alex Allen, and Michelle Parkhurst will travel to Athens, Ga. for the UGA last chance meet on Saturday. The group set the school standard last week, but will try their hand at Georgia to try and earn an automatic qualifying spot. Freshman Kelli Kyle will also try for her ‘A’ cut in the 100 back, and Stephanie Fura will compete in the one-meter to try and get her NCAA Zone qualifying score.
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