CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Blue Devil swimmers clocked a number of season and personal-best times Saturday to conclude competition at the Cavalier Invitational, hosted by Virginia at the Fitness and Aquatic Center.
Senior Jonathan Derlath started off the evening session with a personal-best time in the men’s 400-yard IM. The Garden City, N.Y., native dropped nearly three seconds from his morning preliminaries showing to take third in the final at 4:03.87.
In the 200 freestyle, senior Kelly Hagerty registered a season-best swim of 1:51.87 in a third-place performance while freshman Adriaan Venter followed with a personal-best of 1:41.71 in the same event on the men’s side.
The women’s 100 butterfly final saw junior Ali Horn come in third with a season-best mark of 55.32. A pair of veteran Blue Devils turned in strong performances in the 100 backstroke, as graduate student Francesca Tocci finished fourth at 56.04 and senior Eneka Lamb was just behind her in fifth in a personal-best 57.38.
After setting a 50 freestyle personal record of 23.25 as the leadoff on Duke’s winning 200 freestyle relay Friday evening, Hagerty had similar success Saturday in the sprint freestyle event. She tapped the wall at 23.27 in the preliminaries before going 23.37 in the final to finish third overall. On the men’s side, freshmen Kevin Fraser (20.74), Benedict Parfit (20.87) and Jack Carey (21.02) took second, third and fourth respectively, with Fraser and Parfit each collecting personal bests. Carey had a best time as well during the morning session when he clocked 20.77.
Venter, Carey, freshman Rahul Chokshi and junior Luke Suchomel closed out the meet with a 3:07.36 showing in the 400 freestyle relay to take third. Venter set a 100 freestyle personal record of 46.66 as the Blue Devils’ leadoff leg.
The Duke men finished fourth out of five teams in the final team standings with 236 points while the women were fifth with 147 points.
The Blue Devils will next compete at the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 19-22 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.