CLEMSON, SC, October 4. THE Clemson men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their 2003-04 seasons at home on Friday with victories over Louisiana State University. The Clemson men's team defeated LSU by a score of 252-184, while the women's team took a 290-200 decision over LSU. Both Clemson's men's and women's teams won 10 out of the 12 events that were contested at the meet held in Clemson's McHugh Natatorium.
Clemson's men's team of Mark Henly, Buddy Reed and Joel Johnson won the 300 back relay with a time of 2:32.09. In the 300 breast relay, the Tigers' team of Brett MacLennan, Jordan Raynovich and Ryan Cassella finished first, posting a time of 2:57.62. Clemson's Johnson, Ben Kanoy and Bryce Herrington recorded a time of 2:38.10 for a second-place finish in the 300 fly relay. In the 400 individual medley relay, Clemson's Tommy Rappold, Cassella, Reed and Henly finished first with a time of 3:35.41.
The Tigers' team of MacLennan, Jonathan Mengering and Reed won the 1500 free relay, posting a time of 14:11.06 in the event. Clemson's Brian Regone, Mengering, Greg Middleton and Charlie Dillon took second place in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:56.75. The team of James Stoffer, Scheerhorn, Buddy Reed and Hitchcock won the 500 free relay, finishing the event in 4:07.26.
Clemson's team of Henly, Cassella, Kummer and Hitchcock won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:28.63. The Tigers' Hitchcock, Herrington, Mulder and Scheerhorn placed first in the 400 free relay, posting a time of 3:08.64 in the event. In the 200 free relay, Scheerhorn, Herrington, Mulder and Stoffer took first place for Clemson with a time of 1:26.00.
The Tigers' Eric Shulick took first place in the one-meter diving competition with 273.53 points. Caleb Bye won the three-meter diving competition for Clemson, recording 244.13 points for the victory.
The Clemson women's team took the top spot in the 300 fly relay, with the Tigers' team of Caroline Boden, Meaghan Murphy and Janelle Brodrick winning the event in 2:56.77. Clemson's 300 back relay team of Lindsey Kroeger, Kelly Urso and Kate Walker won the event, posting a time of 2:53.91 while the team of Caitlin Bissell, Sarah Cefalu and Ashley Shafer finished with a time of 3:22.65 to take first place in the 300 breast relay. The Tigers' Lindsey Kroeger, Cefalu, Shelly Klaus and Briana Brotherson won the 400 individual medley relay, recording a time of 4:07.43 for the win.
The Tigers' Kim Cober, Nichole Carlton and Kim Routh won the 1500 free relay with a time of 15:18.25. In the 800 free relay, the Tiger women's team of Christine Anseeuw, Aurelie Gresset, Routh and Nicole Kroeger finished first with a time of 7:40.03. The same team also combined to win the 500 free relay, finishing the event with a time of 4:39.95.
Clemson's team of Nicole Kroeger, Shafer, Courtney Humes and Anseeuw placed first in the 400 medley relay, posting a time of 3:56.17 in the event. In the 400 free relay, the Tigers' Anseeuw, Gresset, Shafer and Boden combined to win the event with a time of 3:34.84. The Tigers' 200 free relay team of Nikki Deering, Boden, Amanda Vaughan and Callie Deters recorded a time of 1:38.74 for a first-place finish.
In the diving events, Jessica Watcke led Clemson in the one-meter competition, finishing third with a score of 226.73 points. Cristina Curtuneanu posted 200.55 points for the Tigers to place fourth in the three-meter.
The Tigers will hold their annual Orange & White intrasquad meet next Friday in Clemson. The meet, which was originally scheduled for Saturday morning, was changed due to the 12:00 p.m. start time scheduled for the Clemson vs. Virginia football game. The meet will now be held on Friday, Oct. 10 at 5:00 p.m. in McHugh Natatorium.