Grand Finale: Clemson swimming closes the book at NCAA men's meet

Eric Bruck, Chris Dart swim Tigers' final races; Clemson finishes with 12.5 points

Clemson swimming & diving - men's 200 medley relay team: Chris Dart, Seth Broster, Chris Reinke, Eric Bruck

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson swimming & diving - men's 200 medley relay team: Chris Dart, Seth Broster, Chris Reinke, Eric Bruck

The Clemson men's swimming and diving program closed out its storied history on Saturday, as a pair of swimmers competed in the 2012 NCAA Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The Tigers, who were represented by senior Chris Dart and junior Eric Bruck at the meet, finished with 12.5 points.

"Both Chris and Eric completed their Clemson swimming careers at NCAAs," said coach Chris Ip. "We were off of our team goals but I am proud of their efforts throughout the season. Our swim program is nationally and internationally recognized."

Dart began Clemson swimming’s final day by competing in the 200 backstroke. He finished in 23rd place with a time of 1:44.07, only a second and a half away from a spot in the finals.

Immediately following Dart's swim, Bruck competed in the 100 freestyle. The Tiger junior came in 30th place with a time of 43.68 seconds, less than half a second away from a berth in the finals of the event.

Overall, the pair of Clemson swimmers competed in four events at the national championships.

Bruck will now turn his attentions to qualifying for Olympic trials, while Dart has already competed in the British Olympic Trials this month.

Clemson’s meet highlight came on Thursday, when Bruck finished sixth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 19.61 seconds. He qualified for the finals by swimming a time of 19.39 in the preliminaries.

“It was a great swim for Eric," said Clemson coach Chris Ip. "The sixth-best finish in the nation is great for this program. We only have two swimmers here, but we are determined to close out Clemson swimming in style."

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