Feb. 28, 2008
ATLANTA – Following the second day of competition, the Men’s Swimming and Diving team is in sixth place, having accumulated 134 points. The Tigers are within striking distance, as third place is only 27 points ahead. The Tigers were lead by several strong sprint swims in Thursday’s action.
The Tigers scored well in the 50 free, with Mark Vahle taking fourth in 19.96. Teammates Stephen Russell (20.22), Matt Balderston (20.28), and Adam Farnham (20.47) took 8th, 9th, and 12th, respectively. Russell and Balderston both had career-best times, with their swims ranking fifth and sixth best in Clemson history.
Senior Attila Ruszka and sophomore Matt Angelini picked up points for Clemson in the 200 IM, placing 14th and 16th, respectively. Also, in the bonus consolation finals of the 500 free, freshman David Gordon swam the fifth fastest time in Tiger history, recording an NCAA-B 4:27.12.
In the final event of the night, the quartet of Vahle, Russell, Balderston, and Farnham set a school-record with a 1:19.96 in the 200 free relay in a fourth-place finish. The time was an NCAA-B standard and counted for 30 points.
On the one-meter boards, David Giambra placed 10th with a 262.20 and Marco Raye placed 12th with a 251.10.
The Tigers will return to the water on Friday and Saturday at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center to conclude the ACC Championships.
Team Standings after day two: 1. University of Virginia 284 2. Florida State University 208 3. University of North Carolina 161 4. Virginia Tech 154 5. Georgia Institute of Technolog 139 6. Clemson University 134 7. Maryland, University of, Colle 108 8. North Carolina State Universit 97 9. Duke University 62 10. Boston College 32 11. University of Miami 17
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