Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Weekend of October 5-7
Oct. 8, 2007
Virginia Tech at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Attila Ruszka won three events, while freshman David Gordon won two events in leading the Clemson men's swimming team to a 183-117 win over Virginia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference swimming meet at Clemson, S.C., on Sunday afternoon.
In the women's competition, Virginia Tech defeated Clemson 178.5-121.5. Clemson's Rachel Regone won both the 50 and 100 free events. She was also a member of the 400 free relay that finished in first place.
Virginia Tech was paced by Jessica Botzum as she won two individual events. Botzum won the 200 IM (2:06.31) and the 200 breaststroke (2:15.92). She was also on the 200 medley relay team (1:45.73) that finished in first place.
This was the first dual competition for both teams.
North Carolina: No Team Score
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Carolina divers went head-to-head against the East Carolina Pirates in their season openers Friday afternoon at the East Carolina diving invitional. The meet was performed in relay format with each entry including one male and one female diver on each entry. Each diver completed five dives, a total of 10 for the team.
The Tar Heels took the top three spots with just over seven points separating the top three teams. UNC seniors Laura Filip and Ryan Funderburk claimed the title at 455.85 just edging junior Alex Kenley and senior Erika Matheis who had 453.75. David Solarz, a sophomore, and transfer Erica Schiffler were third.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's swimming and diving team won a combined 21 of 32 events Friday night to sweep the South Carolina Gamecocks by a score of 191-108 on the men's side and 176-124 on the women's at the Carolina Natatorium.
Both teams recorded just their third win against the Southeastern Conference member in 12 tries, with the series having started in 1982.
The Tech women started off the season with a bang in the first event in the pool, easily winning the 200-yard medley relay. All four participants on the winning team would later win at least one more event on the night.
2007 ACC Swimmer of the Year and three-time All-American Jessica Botzum scored victories in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while All-American Sara Smith captured the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Megan Newell won the 100 butterfly, and fellow 200 medley relay swimmer Sara Shaprio took the 100 backstroke event.