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Phillips

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Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
High School: Dwight School

Bio

2016-17: Member of the 2V8 boat throughout the season … Helped Duke win the Carolina Cup with 99 overall points by winning its race in 6:47.3, nearly 10 seconds ahead of second-place Clemson … Blazed through the morning race at the Longhorn Invite, taking the heat in 6:16.643 to earn a place in the A Final … Finished third in the A Final, clocking a time of 6:31.665 … In Columbus, Ohio, placed fourth against No. 3 Michigan (6:28.9), No. 4 Ohio State (6:32.0) and Notre Dame (6:43.6), crossing the finish line in 6:43.9 … Placed fifth in the Clemson Invitational A Final with a time of 6:44.582 … The Blue Devils trailed four top-15 teams with No. 5 Texas (6:36.489), No. 11 Wisconsin (6:38.934), No. 4 Ohio State (6:42.267) and No. 10 Virginia (6:43.664) … Duke eased past No. 15 Syracuse (6:47.842) and No. 20 Indiana (6:49.889) … Earned a trip to the A Final with a second-place performance in its first heat (6:28.847) and third (7:38.351) in the second heat … Won the Dale England Cup race with a time of 6:50.50 to squeak past No. 16 Indiana (6:50.74) and hold off Notre Dame (6:52.50) and San Diego (7:04.57) … In the ACC Championship Grand Final, locked in a fourth-place performance with a time of 6:34.283 to close behind Syracuse (6:22.664), Virginia (6:23.327) and Notre Dame (6:31.967) … Earned its Grand Final appearance at the conference championships with a 6:39.957 time in the morning session … named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2015-16: Took part in three spring races, with the 3V8 at the Virginia Dual and ACC Championship and 2V4 at the Dale England Cup … 3V8 finished in second with a time of 7:54.7 while the 2V4 checked in third in 7:55.4 … Blue Devils finished tied for first overall at the Dale England Cup … at the ACC Championship, helped the boat to first place finish in the petite final against North Carolina with a year-best time of 6:58.091.

High School: The most valuable player of the track and field program in 2011 ... received all-conference recognition in cross country and track and field in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for coaches Michael Torres and Peter Durning ... a member of the National Honor Society ... the Student Council Vice President and a Head Girl ... received the Excellence in IB Chemistry Award in 2013 and the Excellence in Algebra II & Trig in 2011.

Personal: Born January 13, 1996 … daughter of Patresse and Christopher Phillips … has one older brother, Elijah, and one younger sister, Tatum ... mother was a sprinter at Lehman College and father played basketball at Saint Francis. 

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