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Twelve Tigers Garner Swimming and Diving All-ACC Academic Honors

Twelve Tigers Garner Swimming and Diving All-ACC Academic Honors

May 8, 2008

Greensboro, N.C. – The ACC announced the 2007-08 All-ACC Academic Men’s Women’s swimming and Diving Teams, with the Lady Tigers leading all member institutions with seven selections and the men picking up four. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

Each of the 11 schools that sponsor swimming and diving were represented on the teams with, the Lady Tigers tying a league record with seven selections. For the women, the honorees are Alexandra Allen, Danielle Kazilionis, Cassy LaRussa, Katrina Obas, Michelle Parkhurst, Rachel Regone, and Elizabeth Savage. LaRussa, Regone, and Parkhurst are repeat honorees, while it is the first honor for the others. Jay Crout, Matt Balderston, Adam Farnham, and Sean Geary, all repeat selections, and Bryce Herrington, were honored for the men.

Allen, a sophomore nursing major, was part of a the Tigers’ ACC-Record setting 200 free relay which won the gold at the ACC Championships.

Balderston, a senior from Chesapeake, Va., has already been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, been awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and been named a Strength and Conditioning All-American within the month. Now, he add Academic All-ACC honors to his list of his accomplishments, along with school record in the 200 free relay and a sixth all-time finish in the 50 free.

Crout, a graduate student, will earn his master’s in Human Resource Development and complete his tenure as a Clemson student. The 2007-08 captain put in personal bests in his final collegiate meet and will leave Clemson as one of only two members of the ACC Honor Roll for five seasons.

Adam Farnham, a senior from Mt. Berry, Ga., receives his second honor in as many seasons with the Tigers. The Chemistry major will graduate Clemson this week and leaves with his name on six Clemson all-time top times lists. He also took bronze at the ACC Championships in the 100 free.

Sean Geary, a distance swimmer from Massachusetts, will graduate this week with a degree in Management. Geary is one of the most prolific distance swimmers in Clemosn history, as he is included in three all-time top-ten lists.

Bryce Herrington, also a graduate student, will earn his master’s in Mathematics this week. Herrington moved into the Tigers all-time top ten list with his lead-off performance in the 800 free relay at the ACC Championships.

Senior Dani Kazilionis won her first All-ACC honors in the pool, finishing third at the ACC Championships in the one-meter event. She will graduate this week with a degree in Marketing.

Cassy LaRussa, a junior marketing major, is among the Tigers best in the distance events, as she holds a spot in the all-time top ten in the 500 free, 1000 free, and 1650 free.

Katrina Obas, a sophomore from Ottowa, Canada, is a Health Science major. She ranks in the Tigers all-time top-three in the 200 IM, 200 breast, and 100 breast. It is Obas’ first All-ACC Academic Selection.

Parkhurst, a junior Sociology major from Vienna, Va. Was anmed Most Valuable swimmer at the ACC meet after winning the 100 back, 200 back, 200 free, and 200 free relay. She was also an honorable mention All-American for her efforts in the 200 free at the NCAA Championships.

Regone was the runner-up in the 50 free at the 2008 ACC championships. She is a Health Science major, and currently holds a 4.00 GPR through her junior year.

Savage earns the spot as a freshman Engineering major. She shined at the ACC Championships, moving into the Tigers all-time top-ten in three events.

The women finished the season with a fifth place finish at the ACC Championships, where Parkhurst was named Most Valuable Swimmer of the Meet after winning four events and setting three ACC records. Regone was the runner-up in the 50 free, while Kazilionis, a senior, took bronze in the one-meter event.