February 22, 1999
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Clemson women’s swimming team placed fourth this weekend at the ACC Championships held at the University of Maryland’s Campus Recreation Center Natorium. The Tigers established three new school records at the meet.
In Saturday’s action, junior Jennifer Mihalik repeated her 1998 league title in the 200 backstroke and set an ACC and Clemson record in the process, finishing first with a time of 1:57.97. The time is an NCAA Championship automatic qualifying time. The old ACC record of 1:58.68 was set by North Carolina’s Tracey Barrett last season, and Mihalik set the Clemson record at 1:58.77 last season. On Friday, Mihalik set a new Clemson and ACC record in the 100 backstroke, recording a time of 55.48 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA championships.
The Tigers’ 200 free relay team of Kathy Lowry, Mihalik, Meagan Davis and Carolina Peterson placed second with a time of 1:32.53 on Thursday, setting a new Clemson record and provisionally qualifying for the NCAAs.
Also on Saturday, freshman Charli Reasons placed sixth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.18, and the Clemson 400 free relay team of Wendy Henson, Lowry, Mihalik and Davis placed third with a time of 3:22.95. Sophomore Betsy Potter placed third with a score of 426.25 to lead the Tigers in the diving competition.
“Obviously we had some great individual performances with three new school records and two new ACC records,” said head coach Bruce Marchionda. “Now we want to see how many records we can get at the national championships.”
Mihalik, Henson and freshman Cami Sink will compete at the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships March 19-21 in Athens, GA.
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