Jan. 24, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. – The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned a split against the N.C. State Wolfpack on Sunday. The men’s team defeated the Wolfpack 153-145, while the women’s team was defeated 163.5-136.5.
The teams were forced to relocate to the University of Georgia due to the closing of the McHugh Natatorium since the team’s return from their holiday training trip in December.
“I am proud to have completed the ACC dual meet season with a win,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “The team has experienced some pretty challenging hurdles all season, and to see the men’s team rise up to the occasion gives me confidence as we now prepare for our championship season.
“This meet was supposed to be our final home stand and senior meet. It affected our women’s team the most, and we just seemed to be a click off in a few events. I need to get them refocused before our Emory meet.”
One of the top performances on the men’s side was turned in by sophomore Steven Gasparini came in second place in the 200-yard individual medley.
Freshman Lucas Gerotto added to the first place tally with a solid victory in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Alex Carr continued his winning ways in the distance events with a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle, while freshman Walker Layne finished third in the event.
The women’s squad also posted some quality swims against the Wolfpack. Sophomore Elizabeth Savage dominated the field for a win in the 200-yard individual medley. Sophomore Tori Cervone swam to a victory in the 200-yard backstroke.
The women’s team was buoyed by a strong performance from some divers, as well. Junior Brooke George, sophomore Elizabeth Tatum, and freshman Emily Howard finished 1-2-3 in the one-meter. Junior Cassie Self also came in second place in the three-meter, followed closely by George and Tatum.
The Tigers will hit the road again next weekend to train at the University of Georgia and then travel to Emory University for a meet on Saturday, February 5.
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