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Piotr Safronczyk and Ben Tuben
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Piotr Safronczyk and Ben Tuben
Duke to Send Two Swimmers to NCAA Championships
Tuesday 03/07/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Two members of the Duke men's swimming & diving team have been selected to compete at the 2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.

Graduate student Piotr Safronczyk and senior Ben Tuben will be making the first trip of their careers to the NCAA Championships, while Duke will be represented at the Championship meet for the third consecutive season.

Safronczyk has qualified to swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke, setting a school record at the 100-yard distance last weekend at the Ohio State Last Chance Qualifier with a 52.99 clocking for the 11th-best time in the nation. The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the event, Safronczyk became the Blue Devils' first swimmer to claim an individual conference title since Eric Steinhouse did so in 1980. He also earned All-ACC honors in the 200 breaststroke, taking second and breaking the program record with a time of 1:57.03 in the finals.

Tuben will swim the 100 butterfly after notching the 13th-best time in the nation last weekend in Columbus, as his 46.69 clocking was good for a new school record and an NCAA provisional standard. Tuben took fifth overall in the conference at the ACC Championships, posting a time of 47.38. He will also compete in the 50 freestyle at the NCAA Championships after recording a personal-best time of 20.28 in the prelims of the ACC Championships.

"We are incredibly proud of Piotr and Ben, two of our senior leaders, qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time in their careers," said head coach Dan Colella. "This year, the meet will feature a highly competitive field, and we look forward to seeing what they can accomplish."

The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships will earn All-America First Team honors, while places nine through 16 will garner honorable mention All-America accolades.

For more information about the 2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, visit http://www.ncaa.com/sports/swimming-men/d1.


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