Jan. 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Trailing going into the final event, the Clemson women, led by Michelle Parkhurst’s anchor effort, passed the Seminoles on the final 50 yards to capture the 151-149 win for the Lady Tigers. The Seminole men took down the Tigers, 189-106. The women even up their overall record at 4-4 and improve to 2-3 in the ACC. The men drop to 2-6, (0-4 ACC).
In a showdown of what is becoming a hotly contested rivalry, the Lady Tigers edged the Seminole women by only two points in Tallahassee. Last season, the Seminoles beat the Tigers in Clemson by only one point, 150.5-149.5. Michelle Parkhurst’s was spectacular, winning all four events in which she competed, the 100 back (56.00), 200 free (1:49.58), the 200 back (1:59.67), and the 400 free relay.
Rachel Regone won the 50 free in 22.76 by almost a full second and the 100 free by almost two seconds (50.36). She also led off the winning 400 free relay group and anchored the winning 200 medley relay group. Cassy LaRussa picked up wins in the 500 free and 1000 free for the Tigers to anchor the road victory. Katrina Obas won the 200 IM for Clemson as well.
For the men, David Giambra put in a season-best 346.65 on the three-meter board to take second place. Freshman Harry Foster had a win for the men in the 200 fly, and Tom Recko had a second-place finish in the 200 back to FSU’s Andy Hodgson. Freshman Seth Broster had a solid second-place finish in the 100 fly as well.
The Tigers will return to action on Jan. 24 in Clemson as they host NC state and honor their seniors. The meet will begin at noon in McHugh Natatorium and will be broadcast live on ACC Select.
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