banner
Duke

SWIM/DIVE: Relays Shine in Losses to Virginia

Posted January 20, 2013

Duke Logo

— The Duke men’s and women’s swimming teams resumed Atlantic Coast Conference regular season competition Sunday, falling to reigning conference champions Virginia at the University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Blue Devil women suffered a 152-122 loss to the 10th-ranked Virginia women, while the Duke men fell to the 15th-ranked Cavaliers by a 153-140 score.

Despite the losses, the Blue Devil swimmers had a number of highlights in the dual meet, including wins in three of the four relay events.

“Our swimmers have really taken pride in the relays these last couple years,” said head coach Dan Colella. “The fact that the relays are a team event and you get up there with three of your teammates to represent the university is always great. We always have great efforts put forth on our relays.”

In an exciting opening to the meet, Duke edged the Cavaliers for a pair of victories in the women’s and men’s 200-yard medley relay events. Sophomore Megan McCarroll, junior Christine Wixted, junior Lauren Weaver and freshman Chelsea Ye teamed up for a 1:43.64 clocking to take first on the women’s side, while the men’s team of junior Steven Gasparini, junior Hunter Knight, freshman Sam Skinner and senior Ben Hwang followed with a win at 1:31.21.

Freshman Meghan Price touched in a season-best time of 10:42.80 to finish third in the women’s 1,000 freestyle before McCarroll (56.67) and Gasparini (50.81) both took third in the 100 backstroke events. The Blue Devils then picked up two wins in the women’s and men’s 100 breaststroke, with Wixted taking first in the event for the fifth time this season at 1:04.66. Hunter Knight just missed an NCAA provisional standard on the men’s side, clocking 55.41 for his second-fastest time of the year at the 100-yard distance.

Hwang registered his third NCAA ‘B’ cut of the season in the men’s 50 freestyle, besting the field with a time of 20.11. The senior from Cerritos, Calif., also took the 100 freestyle title with a 45.05 swim, his second-fastest of the year. Meanwhile, the women’s 50 freestyle saw Weaver tap the wall at 23.19 to finish just behind Virginia’s Lauren Perdue (23.17) in second.

Following a second-place showing by McCarroll in the 200 backstroke (2:02.55), Hunter Knight completed his sweep of the breaststroke events, placing first at the 200-yard distance in 2:02.53. Knight has now posted wins in both breaststroke events in four of six outings this season. Senior Emily Barber paced the Duke women in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:25.43 swim to finish third and freshman Kiera Molloy rounded out the individual events with a third-place finish in the 400 IM (4:27.34).

The Duke men capped the afternoon with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, as Gasparini, Skinner, senior Adam Flur and Hwang went 1:22.39 to outtouch the Cavaliers. The women’s team of senior Francesca Tocci, Ye, Weaver and freshman Kathryn Eckhart took second behind Virginia with a time of 1:35.35.

The Blue Devil divers competed against Virginia Saturday evening in Charlottesville, with junior Nick McCrory turning in a pair of second-place finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. Senior Jordan Long placed third in both events and both he and McCrory surpassed the NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying standards on both boards. On the women’s side, freshman Kendall McClenney took third at the 1-meter height with a score of 263.55.

“We knew coming into the meet that we were swimming one of the top programs in the ACC,” Colella said. “Our goal was to go in and race and to not back down from the challenges that we were going to up against. I’m very proud of the way this team performed today. We feel good about the way everybody performed and we’re looking forward to competing against North Carolina next weekend.”

The Blue Devils will make the short trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. next weekend to close out the dual meet portion of their schedule against North Carolina. The meet will get underway at 12 p.m. at the Tar Heels’ Koury Natatorium.

Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • US Open Tennis: Men’s Third Round & Women’s Fourth Round

    Today at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Norfolk

    Tonight at 5:00 on METV 50.2

  • US Open Tennis: Men’s & Women’s Fourth Round

    Tomorrow at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Norfolk

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on METV 50.2

  • MiLB: Bulls at Norfolk

    Tonight at 5:00 on 620am

  • MLB: Cleveland at Kansas City

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Seattle at Oakland

    Tomorrow at 4:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Miami at Louisville

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
Final
CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
Final
PIT 3
CIN 2
Final
BAL 3
MIN 2
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
Final
KAN 2
CLE 3
Final
CWS 4
DET 8
Final
ATL 0
MIA 4
Final
NYM 2
PHI 7
Final
HOU 2
TEX 0
Final
ARI 0
COL 2
Final
STL 13
CHC 2
Final
SDP 2
LOS 1
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
ANA 2
OAK 0
Final
SEA 1
WAS 3
1:07pm Today
TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
Final
UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
Final
ALA 33
WVU 23
Final
AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
Final
KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
Final
OKST 31
FSU 37
Final
TEX 38
UNT 7
Final
NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
Final
LSU 28
WISC 24
Final
OREG 62
SD 13
Final
HAW 16
WASH 17
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR