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Tigers Prepare for Saturday Swim in Savannah

Oct. 21, 2011

SAVANNAH, GA – The Clemson Tiger men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will travel to face the Savannah College of Art and Design Bees in a dual meet scheduled for Saturday in Savannah, Ga. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. and will also include the Georgia Southern Eagles’ women’s squad.

“This weekend’s meet will check our team’s ability for meet preparation,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “We will travel five hours to Savannah, have minimal warm-up time, and expect our Tigers to be mentally and physically ready to race. SCAD has a great team that defends its home pool very well. We must capitalize on the chance to race in a quality facility as we enter the meat of our fall schedule.

“On the women’s side we will not only be preparing for SCAD, but also for Georgia Southern University. Both teams are uniquely different and we will have to tweak our line-up to attack both teams.”

For SCAD and the Georgia Southern women’s team, it will be the first dual meet of the season. The Bees finished in the top five on both the men’s and women’s sides at the NAIA national championship meet last season, while the Eagles’ women’s team finished in fourth place in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association in 2010-11.

The Tigers will look to win their third consecutive meet to open the season, following sweeping victories over Davidson and Limestone. It will also be Clemson’s third straight meet away from home.

Clemson has faced SCAD once before, in 2007, when the Tigers swept the Bees. Clemson will also be going for its fifth victory in as many chances against the Georgia Southern women’s team, as the Tigers will face off against the Eagles for the first time since 1996.