Clemson swimming completes Georgia Tech Invite

— The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta on Sunday with some solid swims. The men’s team finished fifth in the field with 603.5 points, while the women’s team closed out the meet in seventh place with 338.5 points.

The Tiger men’s team posted a string of strong times in the 100 free. Eric Bruck won the event with an NCAA-B qualifying time of 43.71 seconds. Chris Reinke came in third place with his 44.93-second swim, and Harry Foster rounded out the top ten with his time of 45.83 seconds. Seth Broster had the 11th-fastest time with a 45.63-second swim, and Derek Barre finished 15th with a time of 46.40 seconds. Myles Oliver also finished 19th with a time of 46.74 seconds, while Lee Groseclose was 21st in the event with a time of 46.03 seconds.

The Tigers also picked up a victory in the 400 free relay, where the foursome of Bruck, Reinke, Broster, and Chris Dart earned an NCAA-B qualifying time of 2:56.54. Dart also finished second in the 200 back with an NCAA-B qualifying time of 1:45.80, after posting the fastest qualifying time in the field. Andrew Abeysinghe also cracked the top five with his swim of 1:48.68. Walker Layne placed 22nd in the event with a time of 1:51.21.

Shayne Buckley posted a top-ten time in the 200 breast with a swim of 2:07.74, and Chase Henderson finished 14th in the event with a time of 2:10.07. Alex Carr finished in 19th place in the 1650 free with a time of 16:05.66. Scott Aron (1:59.88) and Alex Brown (2:00.41) finished 27th and 28th, respectively, in the 200 fly.

On the women’s side, Meg Anderson placed third in the 100 free with an NCAA-B qualifying time of 49.94 seconds, and Kelsey Krauss finished 27th in the event with a time of 52.44 seconds. Kristen Redmond finished seventh in the 200 fly with her time of 2:02.26. Also in the event, Kelly McGee (2:05.05) and Sarah Bechard (2:05.31) finished 16th and 17th, respectively.

Elsewhere, Tori Cervone finished 13th in the 200 back with a time of 2:01.81, while Kelly Fowler finished 17th with a time of 2:03.49. Kerry McLaughlin also finished 26th in the event with her swim of 2:06.83. Garrison Stevens came in 25th place in the 200 breast with a time of 2:28.48. In the 400 free relay, the team of Anderson, Krauss, Redmond, and Cervone placed seventh with a time of 3:28.00.

In diving, Brooke George (198.20) and Cassie Self (196.95) finished 15th and 16th, respectively, in the platform. Jessica Doolittle also posted a top-twenty score of 169.90.

The Tigers will take a lengthy break from official competition before returning to the pool on January 7, 2012, in Coral Gables, FL, against Miami (FL) and Florida Atlantic.

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