The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed twice in a span of 18 hours over the weekend during a road trip to the state of North Carolina. The Tigers experienced mixed results as a team during the stretch and posted a slew of fast times competing against conference foes N.C. State and Duke and the Richmond women’s team.
On Friday night in Raleigh, the N.C. State men’s team defeated Clemson by a score of 149-83, while the Tiger women’s team was defeated by the Wolfpack 141-98. On Saturday in Durham, the Clemson men’s team eked out a victory over Duke by a single point, 156-155. The Tigers split on the women’s side, defeating Richmond 153-141 and falling to Duke 159-130.
With the weekend’s results, the Clemson men’s team improves to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. The Tiger women’s team is now 5-5 overall and 1-4 in conference competition.
“Being two or three weeks out from our ACC Championship meets, each team in the conference prepares for the final few dual meets of the season differently,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “The coaching staff needs to get the most performance information possible as we start the selection process for the conference team. We have set up these two back-to-back meets to give our athletes the opportunity to mimic the championship meet format of multiple-day events.
“I am very proud of our team performances today against Duke. Our goal was to close out our final ACC dual meet ever as a program with respect, and to honor all past Tigers with this final chapter. I believe six Duke pool records and a final dual meet victory for the men's team will dot the "I" for our Tiger program. We have left our names behind in both the N.C. State and Duke facilities record boards; eclipsing some of the fastest swimmers in the history of the ACC.”
For the men against the Wolfpack, Eric Bruck swam a season-best 19.63 seconds in winning the 50 free. He was more than a second faster than the closest competition. Bruck also broke the pool record with his first-place swim in the 100 free with a time of 43.82 seconds.
Alex Carr won the 1000 free with a time of 9:30.33 and came in second place in the 500 free with a time of 4:40.38. Chris Dart was the winner in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.53. He also finished in second place in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.03.
For the women, Meg Anderson set the pool record in her victory in the 50 free. Her time of 22.83 seconds was also her best of the season. Anderson later added a win in the 100 free with her time of 49.88 seconds. Tori Cervone won the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.78, and she finished second in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.27.
Sarah Bechard (2:04.95) and Kelly McGee (2:06.46) finished first and second, respectively, in the 200 fly. In diving, Cassie Self (267.22) and Brooke George (265.72) posted a 1-2 finish in the one-meter. Kristen Redmond won the 500 free with a time of 5:01.58 and finished in second place in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.20.
Against the Blue Devils, Carr swept the distance freestyle events, winning the 500 free with a time of 4:38.31 and the 1000 free for the second time in two days with a time of 9:35.11. Chris Reinke won the 200 free with a time of 1:42.51. Bruck was the winner once again in the 50 free with a time of 19.47 seconds and in the 100 free with a time of 44.56 seconds. Both swims set pool records.
Dart (49.99) and Walker Layne (51.65) finished first and second, respectively, in the 100 back. Dart also won the 200 back with a time of 1:49.05, and he won the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.86. Harry Foster won the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.73 and finished second in the 100 fly with a time of 49.37 seconds.
The 200 medley relay team of Dart, Reinke, Seth Broster, and Bruck won the event with a time of 1:30.33. The 200 free relay team of Myles Oliver, Reinke, Foster, and Bruck was victorious with a time of 1:21.08 that set a pool record.
Anderson swept the sprint freestyle events, winning the 50 free and setting a pool record for the second consecutive day with a time of 22.99 seconds. She also finished first in the 100 free with a pool record time of 50.13 seconds. Bechard (56.81) and Kelsey Krauss (57.26) finished 1-2 in the 100 fly.
Redmond was victorious in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.73. She also finished second in the 500 free with a time of 5:02.05. Tori Cervone finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.32. The 200 free relay squad of Anderson, Krauss, Bechard, and Maddie Tarantolo won the event with a time of 1:34.34, setting a pool record in the process.
The Tigers will return to the pool on Saturday, February 4, as they will host Emory University in the final dual meet in program history at 1 p.m.
“We will have our one and only, and final home meet of the season and program against Emory this Friday,” Ip said. “Our Tigers will be ready.”