Nov. 18, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga.–The Clemson men’s swimming and diving team is currently in fourth place after the first day of action at the Georgia Tech Invitational, while the Tiger women are in seventh place after day one. The men’s team totaled 190.5 points, just ahead of host Georgia Tech. The women’s team has 112.5 points and remains within striking distance of the upper half of the standings.
The Tigers were most dominant in the men’s 50 free, placing three swimmers in the top nine and six in the top 16. Eric Bruck paced the Tigers with a second-place finish after his 19.96-second swim. Chris Reinke finished sixth with his time of 20.47 seconds, while Seth Broster placed ninth with a time of 20.79 seconds. In addition, Derek Barre (15th), Harry Foster(18th), Myles Oliver (19th), and Lee Groseclose (21st) all finished near the top of the list. Scott Claryplaced 30th in the 50 free, as well.
Chris Dart finished in second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.64, just a tenth of a second off of the lead. He also swam the fastest preliminary heat by almost a full second. In addition, Walker Layne finished 21st in the 200 IM. Alex Carrcame in 18th place in the 500 free with a time of 4:35.99.
In relays, the Tiger men continued their strong string of performances. The men’s team of Bruck, Reinke, Broster, and Dart won the 200 free relay with an NCAA-A qualifying time of 1:19.18, the third-best swim in Clemson history in the event. Dart, Andrew Abeysinghe, Foster, and Eric Bruckfinished third in the 400 medley relay with a swim of 3:19.23.
On the women’s side, Meg Anderson set the tone with her fourth-place swim in the 50 free (23.09 seconds). Kelsey Krauss came in 28th in the event, while Maddie Tarantolofinished 30th.
Tori Cervone placed 13th in the 200 IM with her swim of 2:04.25. Kristen Redmond finished 14th in the 500 free with a time of 4:54.94. The women’s team of Kelly Fowler, Tarantolo, Sarah Bechard, and Anderson came in sixth in the 400 medley relay. Anderson, Krauss, Tarantolo, and Bechard finished in seventh place in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:35.16.
The Tigers will re-enter the pool at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning for day two of the Georgia Tech Invitational.
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