The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams closed out 83 seasons of regular season competition with a sweep of Emory University on Saturday afternoon at McHugh Natatorium. The Tiger women’s team knocked off the Eagles 180-116, while the Tiger men’s team picked up a 174-121 win.
“This was great for Clemson swimming and diving,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “We took down some records that were owned by gold medalists, NCAA All-Americans, and people who have won NCAA national championships. That shows how competitive this team is, and we’re not done yet.”
Clemson broke five pool records in front of a packed house for Senior Day at McHugh, the Tigers’ home facility that was in use for the first time in more than a year due to renovations. A large contingency of alumni and fans cheered the Tigers to a season-ending victory.
“It was an unbelievable crowd,” Ip said. We wanted to come honor our seniors today. We wanted to honor all the alumni that came back and that hadn’t been here for a while. Hopefully, they saw the competitiveness of the Clemson Tigers here in the pool. Both the men’s and women’s teams swam very, very well.”
Eric Bruck set a pair of pool records to close out McHugh Natatorium. He set his first all-time mark in the 50 free by almost half a second with his first-place time of 19.64 seconds. Two of his teammates, Seth Broster (20.82) and Chris Reinke (20.83), came in second and third, respectively, in the event.
Bruck then finished 45-hundredths of a second ahead of the previous pool record in the 100 free with his victorious time of 44.03 seconds. He was followed in the race by teammates Myles Oliver (46.42) and Lee Groseclose (46.90), who finished in second and third places. Chris Dart also broke his own pool record with a time of 48.98 seconds in winning the 100 back.
Andrew Abeysinghe was the winner in the 100 breast with a time of 59.66 seconds. He also led a team trifecta in the 200 back, where he (1:52.03), Will Clark (1:56.11), and Walker Layne (1:57.55) took home the top three spots.
Alex Carr won the 1000 free by almost 27 seconds with a time of 9:33.21, while Will Clark came in second place with a time of 10:00.15. Carr also won the 500 free with a time of 4:42.79.
Harry Foster (1:44.01) and Myles Oliver (1:44.37) finished first and second, respectively, in the 200 free. Shayne Buckley won the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.96. Broster was the victor in the 100 fly with a time of 49.49 seconds.
The 200 medley relay team of Dart, Chris Reinke, Seth Broster, and Bruck set a new pool record in the event with a winning time of 1:30.07, seven-tenths of a second ahead of the previous mark. Bruck, Broster, Reinke, and Dart set another pool record to close out the meet, this time in the 200 free relay with a winning time of 1:21.44.
Kristen Redmond and Tori Cervone each won three events during the meet. Redmond bested her previous season-best time by over six seconds with a 10:13.12 swim to win the 1000 free. She also finished first in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.80, which was followed closely by Kelsey Krauss’ second-place time of 1:53.63. In addition, Redmond won the 500 free with a time of 5:03.60.
Cervone was victorious in the 200 fly with a season-best time of 2:04.95. Kelly McGee was second in the event with a time of 2:07.40. Cervone also won the 200 back with a time of 2:06.75, and she prevailed in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.98.
Sarah Bechard won the 100 fly with a time of 57.03 seconds, followed by Krauss (57.07) and Maddie Tarantolo (57.71) in second and third, respectively. Meg Anderson won the 50 free with a time of 23.11 seconds, and she later followed that win up with another in the 100 free, swimming the race in 50.85 seconds.
Kelly Fowler won the 100 back with a time of 58.76 seconds, and Tarantolo swam her fastest time of the season (1:05.98) to win the 100 breast. The 200 medley relay team of Ali Polhill, Tarantolo, Bechard, and Anderson also won its event with a time of 1:45.70.
The Tigers will return to the pool at the ACC Championships in Blacksburg, VA. The women’s event will begin on February 15, while the men’s event will start on February 22.