Nov. 9, 2001
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to the University of Florida Gators in action at McHugh Natatorium Friday afternoon. Friday’s meet marks the final home meet of the season for the Tigers as they will remain on the road for the duration of this season and all of next season in order for renovations to be completed at Fike Recreation Center and McHugh Natatorium.
The Florida women entered Friday’s competition as the nation’s eighth-ranked team, according to the CSCAA poll, and defeated the Clemson women by a score of 147-91. The Gator men’s team, ranked 11th in the country in the CSCAA poll, defeated the Tigers by a score of 143-96.
Sophomore Travis Taylor won the men’s 1000 free with a time of 9:35.36. Taylor outlasted Florida’s Jan Wolfgarten who finished second with a time of 9:37.69. Sophomore Rob Kummer won the 100 fly with a time of 50.30. Freshman Thomas Rappold earned a third-place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 50.73. Junior Craig Thomas earned a second-place finish in the 3m diving competition. Thomas posted a score of 302.33 in a close 3m event.
Senior Mandy Commons won the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.33. The Clemson women’s 200 medley relay team which includes seniors Mandy Commons and Patty Hider, juniors Elise Theiler, and sophomore Kate Walker, won the event in a time of 1:45.68. Junior Amy Tolley led the Tiger divers with third-place finishes in both the 1m and 3m events. Tolley posted scores of 197.40 in the 1m, and 206.25 in the 3m event.
The Tigers will return to action on November 16, when they travel to Columbia, SC, to do battle with the Gamecocks at Carolina Natatorium. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.
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