COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nick McCrory capped off his weekend at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a national title in platform diving adding to his second and fourth-place finishes in three-meter and one-meter diving. His performance was good enough to shatter the previously-standing NCAA championship meet record. The individual national title is the first in Duke swimming and diving program history.
McCrory got off to a slow start in the preliminary round, his first dive going for just 48.10 points. From there, the Chapel Hill native got into a groove, nailing his 6243D (Armstand Back 2 Somersault 1.5 Twist Free) and drawing a couple of 9.5’s from the judges for a round total of 86.40 points. His highest-scoring dive of the preliminaries came in the fifth round; a 307C (Reverse 3.5 Somersault Tuck) which earned 9.5’s and 10.0’s. However, it was not enough to eclipse Purdue’s David Boudia who was the top seed headed into finals.
From his second dive in finals, McCrory dominated the field, leaving no question as to who would be the platform diving national champion. In a repeat performance of the ACC Championships, McCrory nailed his third dive, a 407C (Inward 3.5 Somersault Tuck), for straight 10’s and a total of 96.00 points. His final dive of the championships was, in fact, his highest scoring; a 5255B (Back 2.5 Somersault 2.5 Twist Pike) with a degree of difficulty of 3.6 which he completed for 9.0’s.
McCrory ended up winning the championship by 64.50 points and almost had the title in hand before even climbing up the ladder for his final dive; the next closest finisher was freshman Riley McCormick of Arizona State University with 469.50 points. McCrory finished with a total of 534.00 points, establishing a new NCAA championship meet record.
Not only is this the first NCAA individual title in Duke swimming and diving history, but it is also Duke’s first NCAA individual title since Mallory Cecil outdid the nation’s best tennis players last spring.
As the only individual from Duke, McCrory scored 52 points for the team, leading the Blue Devil men to an 18th-place finish in the nation. This is the first time the Duke men have placed at the NCAA Championships under head coach Dan Colella and it is the highest national finish in program history.
McCrory said of leading Duke to 18th place, “It is a big confidence booster for me. I am happy to be here scoring points for Duke and it was exciting.”
For McCrory, this NCAA title wraps up a phenomenal freshman campaign which included an undefeated regular season, three Duke records, three Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion records, two ACC titles, two ACC championship meet records, two ACC conference records, two NCAA Zone titles, and a three-time All-America honoree.