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Duke swimming & diving ends regular season at Clemson on Saturday

Posted Friday, February 2, 2007

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Durham, NC - The Duke swimming and diving teams will close out regular season action on Saturday at McHugh Natatorium, as the Blue Devils travel to Clemson, S.C. take on the Tigers at 1 p.m.

Duke is coming off a sweep of East Carolina, as the Blue Devil women’s squad improved to 5-3 (1-3 ACC) with a 161-137 win over the Lady Pirates, and the Duke men fell even at 4-4 (1-3 ACC) with a tight 155-145 victory over ECU. The sweep avenged a sweep suffered by the Blue Devils in 2006 at the hands of the Pirates.

The Duke women started out strong, taking first place in the 400 medley relay, as Danielle Spearman, Jackie Rodriguez, Shannon Beall and Caitlin Ariens touched in 3:52.86. Spearman notched two individual victories on the day, winning the 100 backstroke (58.04) and the 200 backstroke (2:06.96). Rodriguez also was a double-event winner, as she took first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.37) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.68), as was Beall (200 butterfly - 2:04.49; 200 IM -2:07.98).

Freshman Julie Brummond once again dominated on the 1- and 3-meter boards, notching marks of 283.95 and 293.33, respectively, for first-place finishes. Senior Michelle Aristeo took first place in the 500 free with a time of 5:07.11.

The Duke men also came out strong, as David Hahn, Kevin Arthofer, Eric Ness and David Carlson took first place in the 400 medley relay with a Duke season-best time of 3:27.04. Arthofer took first in the 100 breaststroke, touching in 57.80, while Carlson placed first in the 100 freestyle in a Duke season-best 47.17 seconds, and the 50 freestyle (21.70), also a Duke season-fastest.

Freshman Eric Winnard took first on the 1-meter board with a mark of 294.15, while sophomore Nick Campisano placed first on the 3-meter board (343.42). Also notching individual wins, were Tim McKeever (1000 free - 10:04.00) and Scott Champagne (200 backstroke - 1:54.12).

“We are going to try to just keep the momentum rolling this weekend against Clemson,” said Duke head coach Dan Colella. “It is our last dual meet before ACCs and we want to fine-tune everyone’s races before the championship. We should give them some great races this weekend.”

The Clemson swimming and diving teams are coming off a sweep of N.C. State. Both the men's and women's 200 freestyle relays set the pool record as the Tigers cruised to victory. The Lady Tigers defeated Clemson, 168-131, as the Lady Tigers are now 9-5 (3-4 ACC) on the season. The Clemson men defeated the Wolfpack, 177-123, as the Tigers now stand at 8-3 (3-3 ACC).

The last time Duke and Clemson met in the water (Feb. 4, 2006), the Tiger men’s squad defeated the Blue Devil men, 144-132, and the Clemson women’s team posted a 153.5-129.5 victory over the Duke women.

Following Saturday’s regular season finale, Duke will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the ACC Championships. The women’s championships will be held Feb. 14-17 while the men’s championships will be held Feb. 21-24, with both taking place at the University of North Carolina’s Maurice Jay Koury Natatorium. The ACC Diving Championships will be held at Duke’s own Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion on Feb. 17.

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