Nov. 19, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga.–The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams enjoyed solid days at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday.
The Tiger men are currently in fifth place heading into Sunday’s finale with 404.5 points, while the Clemson women are in seventh place with 229.5 points.
Chris Dart led the Tigers’ charge with his victory in the 100 back. After posting the third-fastest qualifying time, Dart’s 48.04-second swim was four-hundredths of a second ahead of the next fastest swimmer, not to mention an NCAA-B qualifying time. Walker Layne (51.01), Andrew Abeysinghe (50.83), and Myles Oliver(50.86) finished tenth, 11th, and 12th, respectively, in the event.
Chris Reinke contributed a fourth-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.03, while Lee Groseclose finished 16th with a time of 1:41.96. Seth Broster (49.20) and Harry Foster (49.91) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 100 fly, while Derek Barre came in 19th place with a time of 50.78 seconds. Walker Laynealso finished 27th with his time of 51.24 seconds.
Chase Henderson finished 12th in the 100 breast with a time of 58.17 seconds. Andrew Abeysinghe finished in 13th place in the 400 IM with a time of 3:59.77, while Shayne Buckley was just outside the scoring in 21st place with his swim of 4:02.41. Alex Carralso placed 23rd with his time of 4:05.79.
In the relays, Dart, Henderson, Broster, and Bruck combined for a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay with their time of 1:29.76, an NCAA-B qualifying time. Reinke, Groseclose, Oliver, and Scott Aronwere the sixth-fastest unit in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:52.77.
Kelly Fowler came in ninth place in the 100 back with her time of 56.52 seconds. Meg Anderson (58.60), Kerry McLaughlin (59.90), and Deanna Piper(1:00.67) all finished inside the top thirty in the event.
Sarah Bechard placed 11th in the 100 fly with her time of 56.43 seconds, while Kelsey Krauss finished 15th with her 56.71-second swim. In addition, Kelly McGee was 18th in the event with a time of 56.90 seconds. Kristen Redmondwas also 22nd in the 200 free with her time of 1:51.15.
Three swimmers finished in the top 30 in the 400 IM. Kerry McLaughlin finished 24th with a time of 4:27.78, Tori Cervone finished 25th with a time of 4:27.83, and McGee finished 27th 4:29.78 in the event. Garrison Stevensplaced 28th in the 100 breast.
In relays, the group of Kelly Fowler, Maddie Tarantolo, Krauss, and Anderson finished seventh in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.21. Redmond, Anderson, Krauss, and Cervone combined to finish sixth in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:33.32.
The Tigers will conclude the event tomorrow in the third day of action in Atlanta. Preliminary heats will begin at 9 a.m., with finals beginning at 3 p.m.
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