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Tigers Take to the Water Against Nationally Ranked Florida State Saturday

Tigers Take to the Water Against Nationally Ranked Florida State Saturday

Jan. 25, 2008

The Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams will host a dual meet with the nationally ranked Florida State Seminoles at 11 a.m. The meet will be broadcast live on ACC Select. The Clemson men enter the meet at 9-2, 4-2 ACC, while the women have fought back to win five out six to even their record at 6-6, 2-4 ACC.

The #25 Seminole men are 8-3, 2-1 ACC, while the #20 women are atop the ACC at 13-2 overall and 4-0 in conference action. The Seminoles hold a 10-4 series edge against the Tigers on the men’s side, while the women are 7-2-1 all-time against the Tigers.

This will be the fifth meet against a ranked opponent for the Tiger women this season. The Tigers fell to #25 Virginia Tech, #21 FSU, #19 Virginia, and #10 UNC in action earlier this season. The Seminoles downed the Lady Tigers 195-105 earlier this season. However, they are coming off of a win at NC State last weekend.

The men will be looking for their second win against Florida state this season, with the Tigers taking down then #24 Florida State 151-143 in Atlanta.

With a win against the Seminoles, the Tigers would have their first five-win ACC season since the 1988-89 season. A tenth overall win would be the third most in Clemson history. The next win for the women will also be the 200th overall win for the program.

A win would also give Head Coach Chris Ip 20 men’s ACC wins, moving him into second in Clemson history behind Bob Boettner’s 48. Ip is now tied with Carl McHugh with 19 men’s ACC wins. McHugh, for whom the Natatorium is named, coached the Tigers from 1948-1976. Ip is also second in overall ACC wins with 32, moving past Bruce Marchinoda’s 31 with wins at NC State on Jan. 19. If Ip’s men’s team can pull off wins in the final two meets, it will give him 50 in his career in only six seasons.

Following Saturday’s meet, the Tigers will travel to Gardner-Webb Friday Feb. 1, before closing out their regular season by honoring their seniors at a home dual meet with Duke University on Feb. 2 at 1:00 p.m.