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Three Student-Athletes Earn Accolades

February 17, 1999

Three Clemson student-athletes were among the 16 ACC athletes chosen to receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholar-Athlete Awards, given annually by the ACC.

Tom Wideman, a senior center from Marietta, GA, became the first Clemson men’s basketball player since Bobby Conrad in 1980, and just the third Clemson men’s basketball player overall, to receive the award. He recorded a 4.0 GPA in the fall. Wideman is averaging 7.1 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Tigers this season and ranks eighth on the ACC rebounding charts. He had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds versus Florida State and recorded 14 rebounds in Clemson’s 78-63 win over North Carolina. Wideman has played in 119 consecutive games, the second-longest consecutive games played streak in Clemson history.

Will York, a senior swimmer from Tallahassee, FL, competes in the distance freestyle events and the backstroke. This season he leads Clemson in the 500 free with a time of 4:35.62 and is second in the 200 back at 1:51.16. His time in the 200 back is the ninth-best in the ACC. York is third on the Clemson team in the 1000 back, having recorded a time of 9:42.54. Last summer he finished fourth overall and led all U.S. swimmers at the United States Swimming 10K Open Water National Championships and was chosen a 1998 U.S. Swimming All-American in the 10K. He placed second in the 15K Open Water National Championships in Newport Beach, CA, in July with a time of 3:22:40.95, also earning All-America honors in the 15K. York trained as part of the U.S. National Open Water Camp at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, CA.

Jennifer Mihalik, a junior swimmer from Clemson, SC, competes in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events. She currently leads the team in the 100 free (50.92), the 100 back (56.72) and the 200 back (1:59.31). Mihalik’s 200 back time leads the ACC, and her times rank third in the league in the 100 free and 100 back. She has provisionally qualified for the NCAAs in the 50 free (23.43) and 200 back. Last season Mihalik won the ACC Championship and set a new conference record in the 200 back with a NCAA Division 1 “B” Standard qualifying time of 1:58.77, the fastest in Clemson history. She earned All-American honors in the 200 back when she placed 15th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 2:00.24. Mihalik was also honored as an Academic All-American last season.