Tech splits at Clemson
Women win 178.5-121.5, while men fall 183-117
October 7, 2007

Results Women - 178.5, Clemson - 121.5; Clemson - 183, Men - 117
CLEMSON, S.C. - Nine different Virginia Tech swimmers won individual events, including five on the women's side as the Hokies split a dual meet with Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson with the women winning 178.5-121.5 and the men dropping their first meet of the season 183-117 Sunday afternoon at the McHugh Natatorium.

Virginia Tech was coming off a sweep against South Carolina on Friday night as part of the season-opening road trip.

"Today was a great college dual-meet between two strong ACC schools," Tech head coach Ned Skinner said. "We're really proud of our women as they emerged and showed our front-end strength and the incredible depth of our program, specifically in the women's diving events where we really had some excellent performances.

"The men ran into a very strong Clemson team but raced hard and competed well in the water and on the boards," Skinner added. "They fought strong the whole way, setting up another showdown later in the fall at the Nike Cup."

2007 ACC Swimmer of the Year Jessica Botzum (Raleigh, N.C.) did not slow down after winning two individual events Friday night against South Carolina. She once again led the 200-yard medley relay squad to victory along with Megan Newell (Ashburn, Va.), Steffi Drechsel (Leipzig, Germany) and Kaleigh Gomes (Charlotte, N.C.). Botzum followed that up by winning the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and the 200 IM race.

Sara Shapiro (Franklin, Tenn.) also captured multiple individual events, winning the 100 and 200 backstroke. Lauren Ritter (Sterling, Va.) won her first career event, placing first in the 500 freestyle. Megan Newell (Ashburn, Va.) and Sarah Milton (Plano, Texas) won the 100 butterfly and 3-meter diving event, respectively.

On the men's side Mikey McDonald (Annandale, Va.) had another strong diving performance, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter events after placing first in the two events on Friday at South Carolina.

Scott Beard (Chesterfield, Va.) took first in the 100 backstroke and helped Jake Bova (Roanoke, Va.), Ian deToll (Culpeper, Va.) and Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey) win the 200 medley relay.

Other winners included Chip Hughes (Greer, S.C.) in the 200 freestyle and Trey Stewart (Luling, La.) in the 200 butterfly.

The H2Okies will have two weeks to prepare for their home opener at the War Memorial Pool on Saturday, Oct. 20, when the Virginia Cavaliers pay a visit for Tech's second ACC dual-meet of the season. The competition starts at 1 p.m.