Men's swimming places sixth at conference meet
by ANDREA MESSERVY
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on March 7, 2003 | PRINT

The Clemson men's swimming and diving team finished sixth in the 2003 ACC Championship this weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia won the title with 780 points, followed by Florida State in second with 567 points. North Carolina finished third (555.5), while Georgia Tech (471) and NC State (368) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The Tigers posted 339 points for a sixth-place finish.

After the first day of the competition, Clemson had placed two divers in the top five of the one-meter competition. Eric Shulick scored 315.05 points to finish second and Craig Thomas scored 288.85 points for a fifth place finish. Clemson's top individual performance in the swimming events came from Mark Henly. He posted a sixth-place time of 1 minute and 50.17 seconds in the 200 IM.

The 400-medley relay team of Henly, Rob Kumer, Ryan Cassella and Drew Scheerhorn finished fifth with a time of 3:17.12. The mark was a new season best for the team, an improvement of over four seconds. The 200-free relay team of Kummer, Scheerhorn, Derrick Mulder and Josh Williams also posted a season-best time of 1:22.65.

After the second day of competition, Clemson finished in sixth place with 205 points. Rob Kummer lead the Tigers on Friday, posting a second-place finish in the 100 meter fly with a career-best time of 0:47.84. Clemson's Tommy Rappold placed eighth in the event with a time of 0:49.48.

Gregor Govse took seventh place in the 100 meter breaststroke for the Tigers, posting a career-best time of 0:55.57. Ryan Cassella and Josh Williams finished 10th and 13th, respectively, with times of 0:56.03 and 0:56.59.

In the 400 IM, Clemson's Buddy Reed took ninth place with a personal-best time of 3:55.59. Jordan Raynovich (3:58.84) and Henly (3:59.34) placed 12th and 14th, for the Tigers.

Clemson's Scheerhorn posted a career-best time of 50:33 for a 14th place finish in the 100 back.

The Tigers' 800 free relay team of Charlie Dillon, Greg Middleton, Henly and Brent Hitchcock finished fifth, posting a season-best time of 6:4.29 in the event.

The third and final day of the competition showed Henly to be the ACC Champion in the 200 back. He posted a career-best time of 1:45.16 in the event. The Tigers' Reed finished sixth in the event with a time of 1:48.58, while Dillon placed 14th, finished in 1:50.96.

Rob Kummer finished second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:46.65, improving on his previous season-best time by almost four seconds. Kummer was the runner-up in the 100 fly on Friday. James Stoffer (1:51.30) and Ben Kanoy (1:52.56) finished 13th and 15th in the event.

Craig Thomas posted a third-place finish in the three-meter diving competition with 533.35 points. Eric Shulick finished 11th in the event with 413.85 points.

Clemson's 400 free relay team of Scheerhorn, Mulder, Hitchcock and Williams placed seventh with a time of 3:04.10.

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