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Tigers Split With Georgia Tech, Fall to Western Kentucky

Nov. 5, 2011


ATLANTA, GA – The Clemson men’s swimming and diving team picked up a victory over conference rival Georgia Tech during a meet between the Tigers, the Yellow Jackets, and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in Atlanta on Friday night.

The Clemson men defeated Georgia Tech 157-141, while the team fell to Western Kentucky 166-134. The Clemson women lost to the Yellow Jackets 196-104 and were defeated by the Hilltoppers 176-124. The men’s team is now 4-2 for the season and 1-0 in ACC action, while the women’s team is 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

“I am proud of our team rising up against our first ACC foe,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “Many of our men’s times are ranked very high in the ACC and the nation. We are improving each meet and staying focused on our team goals. This is a veteran team and it is easy to let go, give them the keys, and let them take the wheel to the program.”

Eric Bruck led the Tigers with a pair of NCAA-B times. He lowered his season-best time in the 50 free by one-hundredth of a second to 19.98, and he also set a season low with his 44.33-second swim in the 100 free. Chris Dart also won all three of his individual events, winning the 100 back (49.47), the 200 back (1:47.82), and the 200 IM (1:53.06). Meg Anderson was victorious in both sprint freestyle events, winning the 50 free with a time of 23.39 seconds and the 100 free with a time of 50.92 seconds.

The Tigers also had some solid relay swims in Friday’s meet. The men’s foursome of Dart, Andrew Abeysinghe, Seth Broster, and Bruck won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:31.09, while the women’s squad of Ali Polhill, Maddie Tarantolo, Kelsey Krauss, and Anderson won its event with a time of 1:46.56. In the 400 free relay, the men’s group of Broster, Chris Reinke, Harry Foster, and Bruck won its race with an NCAA-B time of 3:00.77, and the women’s group of Anderson, Krauss, Kristen Redmond, and Tori Cervone finished second with a time of 3:31.07.

Elsewhere, Kristen Redmond finished second in the 1000 free with her swim of 10:19.17. She also came in third place in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.42. Alex Carr also finished second in the 1000 free with a time of 9:37.30, and he came in second in the 500 free with a time of 4:39.86. Broster touched the wall right behind Bruck in the 50 free with his time of 20.83 seconds, followed closely by Derek Barre’s fourth-place, 21.06-second swim.

Harry Foster finished second in the 100 fly with a time of 49.76 seconds, followed closely by Broster’s 50.03-second swim that was good enough for fourth place. Kelly McGee finished in third place in the 200 fly with a time of 2:07.63. Reinke (46.08) and Myles Oliver (46.50) came in third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 free.

In diving, Brooke George (269.25), Elizabeth Tatum (244.75), and Emily Howard (243.40) finished 3-4-5 in the one-meter. George came in second in the three-meter with a score of 271.60, while Cassie Self (246.75) and Chelsea Uranaka (245.90) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Pat Chamberlain finished fourth in the one-meter with a score of 232.00.

The Tigers will return to the pool on Friday, November 18, when they will take part in the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, GA.