Feb. 16, 2007
Chapel Hill, NC – On the morning of the third day of competition, the Clemson Women’s Swimming and Diving team is still standing strong at the ACC Championships. Sophomore Michelle Parkhurst led the way during the Friday morning session as she recorded the top time of the morning in the 100 backstroke (55.59). The Lady Tigers trail only North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia in the standings.
Clemson is using youth and depth to stay in the hunt for the title. Freshman breaststrokers Katrina Obas (1:03.42) and Alexandra Barsanti (1:03.91) both qualified in the top eight and will swim in the championship heat tonight. Obas posted the second best time in Clemson history in the event, just a day after recording the fourth fastest 200 IM in school history. Jen Grove led the butterfly group as she swam a time of 56.09 in the 100 butterfly to qualify 10th. Cassy LaRussa (1:51.22) was the only Lady Tiger to place in the top 16 in the 200 freestyle. She finished 16th this morning, and will have nowhere to go but up in tonight’s session.
Clemson will resume action tonight at 7 p.m. with the championship heats. The Lady Tigers will try to make it two relay wins in a row as they go after the 400 medley relay.
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