Swimming & Diving
Duke Swimming & Diving BIO
Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2013)
2012-13: Concluded his career at Duke with a fifth-place performance in the 100 breaststroke at the ACC Championships … Clocked a personal best and NCAA provisionally-qualifying time of 53.88 in that swim … Finished 21st in the 200 breaststroke with a best time of 2:00.30 … Also earned a personal-best mark in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle (20.63) … Placed third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth at the 200-yard distance at the Tennessee Invitational … Member of the first-place 200 medley relay team at the season-opening All-North Carolina Invitational.
2011-12: Wrapped up his junior campaign with a strong performance at the 2012 ACC Championships, just missing the podium in the 100 breaststroke to finish fourth in a personal-best time of 54.75 ... Also made the finals cut in the 200 breaststroke, placing 14th with a 2:01.63 clocking ... Broke a school record in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries, tapping the wall at 54.83 ... Turned in personal-best swims in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle (20.95) and the 200 breaststroke (2:00.79) at the conference meet ... Took second in the 200 breaststroke against ACC opponent Clemson (57.37) ... Also earned a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM against North Carolina ... Competed in the finals of the 50 freestyle and the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Nike Cup Invitational, placing sixth overall in the 100 breaststroke ... Won the 100 breaststroke against NC State and SCAD ... Over the summer, competed in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. ... Recorded a lifetime-best of 1:03.55 to take 47th in the event preliminaries.
2010-11: Member of the 400 medley relay team that broke the school record at the 2011 ACC Championships with a time of 3:14.26 ... Collected a top-15 finish in the 100 breaststroke at ACCs, breaking school and personal records with a time of 55.48 ... Also recorded a season best in the preliminaries of the 200 breaststroke (2:03.96) ... Opened season with a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke against UNC Wilmington ... During the summer, earned a U.S. Olympic Team Trials cut in the 100-meter breaststroke with a personal-best swim of 1:03.82 at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif.
2009-10: Competed in the 200 medley relay, 100 and 200 breaststroke in collegiate debut against UNC Wilmington, placing second, third and fifth respectively ... Finished the season strong at the ACC Championships, placing third in the 400 freestyle relay with a best time of 44.25 ... Also competed in the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke at the ACC Championships ... Won the 200 breaststroke against Clemson.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterwinner at Waubonsie Valley High School ... Four-time all-conference and all-sectional selection ... Earned All-America honors as a senior in the 100 breast, 200 IM and 200 freestyle relay ... Selected to the Illinois all-state second team his senior year ... Holds his school's record in the 100 breaststroke (57.17) and 200 IM (1:54.42) ... Won the Upstate 8 Conference's Sportsmanship Award and the Dave Robertson Team Leadership Award ... Also received All-America, all-state and all-sectional recognition for water polo ... Acknowledged as an Illinois State Scholar ... Recipient of the Indian Prairie Scholar award ... Received academic all-conference honors.
Personal: Born James Robert Zuponeck on Sept. 20, 1990 in Charlotte, N.C. ... Son of Robert and Rita Zuponeck ... Has one brother, Sam ... Favorite athlete is Brazilian Olympic swimmer Caesar Cielo.
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