Feb. 24, 2012
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.–The Clemson men’s swimming and diving team is in eighth place after day three at the ACC Championships. The Tigers have 181.5 points in the event, which is being hosted by Virginia Tech at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Virginia has the lead heading into the final day of action with 406 points.
The Tigers posted a string of solid times during the third day of competition. Four Clemson competitors scored points in three individual events during Friday’s action.
Chris Dart led the Tigers on Friday with his second-place finish in the 100 back. His time of 47.02 seconds lowered his own school record in the event and earned the Tigers 17 points in the meet. Dart also posted the fastest time in qualifying with his swim of 47.36 seconds.
There were a pair of Clemson swimmers who scored points for the Tigers in the 100 fly. Harry Foster finished eighth in the conference with a time of 48.42 seconds, which gave the team 11 points. His preliminary time of 47.86 seconds in the event is ranked fifth in program history. Seth Broster also came in 15th place with his time of 48.44 seconds to earn two points.
Chris Reinke placed 13th in the 200 free with an NCAA-B qualifying time of 1:38.37 to earn four points. The 400 medley relay team of Walker Layne, Chase Henderson, Derek Barre, and Myles Oliver finished seventh in the event with a time of 3:18.50.
“Our Tigers are still going strong,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “We put together a new 400 medley relay that performed well for us. We got two solid scoring swims by Seth Broster and Harry Foster in the 100 fly, with Harry placing himself third on the top 10 list.
“Chris Reinke followed by scoring in the 200 free. Chris Dart continued doing well, breaking the school record in the 100 back on his way to a second-place finish. We have a big session tomorrow morning with 17 swims.”
The Tigers will conclude the ACC Championships on Saturday, with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m. and finals being contested at 7 p.m. The 1650 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 fly, and the 400 free relay will all be contested.
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