Career: Two-time honorable mention All-American in platform diving, finishing 16th in the country in that event as a junior and senior … ACC Women's Diver of the Year as a senior … Became the second repeat All-American diver in Duke women's program history … Garnered All-ACC honors in platform diving twice, placing second in the event her senior year … Joined Abby Johnston as the women's program’s only divers to take home All-ACC accolades multiple times … Reached the ACC Championship event finals on the platform all four years … Graduated ranked second all-time at Duke in platform diving (286.85), fifth in one-meter diving (293.24) and sixth on the three-meter board (315.90) … Two-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Honors: Honorable Mention All-America (Platform Diving - 2017, 2018) ... All-ACC (Platform Diving - 2016, 2018) ... ACC Women's Diver of the Year (2018) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018)
2017-18: Named the 2018 ACC Women’s Diver of the Year following a senior season that culminated in the second honorable mention All-America honor of her career ... Became the second Blue Devil in women’s program history to receive the accolade ... Reached the platform consolation final for the second consecutive season at NCAAs, placing eighth in the round and 16th overall with an award of 213.95 ... Joined Abby Johnston as the only repeat All-American divers in women’s program history ... With her performance, helped the Duke women tie for 42nd in the final team standings for the program’s highest finish at the national meet since 2011 ... Took fourth on the platform at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships to punch her ticket to NCAAs for the second straight year … Earned a career-best finish in the platform competition at the ACC Championships, taking second to garner All-ACC honors in the event for the second time in her career ... Secured NCAA Zones qualification in the event with 250.05 points on her finals list ... Joined Abby Johnston as the program’s only divers to take home All-ACC accolades multiple times ... Also scored for the Blue Devils with a 16th-place finish on the one-meter board in Greensboro ... Won the one-meter competition at No. 14 Virginia (11/3) … Recipient of Most Valuable Athlete and Most Outstanding Diving Performance awards at the team’s annual end-of-year banquet.
2016-17: Became the third female diver in program history to garner All-America recognition with a 16th-place finish on the platform at the NCAA Championships ... Totaled 203.10 points in finals to take home honorable mention laurels ... Her effort guided the Blue Devils to a 47th-place finish in the team standings ... Secured a bid to the NCAA Championships with a sixth-place finish on the platform at Zones ... Also advanced to the one-meter finals at Zones, where she took 17th ... Platform finalist at the ACC Championships for the third consecutive season, coming in sixth with a finals score of 243.50 ... Added an 18th-place finish on the three-meter board and a 23rd-place showing in the one-meter competition ... Took third on the platform at the NC State GAC Invite (11/19) ... Recipient of a Most Outstanding Diving Performance award at the program's annual end-of-the-year banquet in honor of her All-America award.
2015-16: Reached the ACC platform final for the second straight year, capturing All-ACC honors with a third-place finish ... Final score of 286.85 ranked her second on Duke's all-time performance list ... Also placed 15th in the conference on the 1-meter board ... Went on to take ninth on the platform at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships ... Also finished top 25 in the 1-meter preliminaries at Zones ... Claimed first at the 1-meter height in the season opener against Pitt (10/3) ... Also turned in a personal best score of 315.90 on the 3-meter board against the Panthers.
2014-15: Duke's top performer on the 1-meter board and platform as a freshman … Advanced to finals in both events at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships … Concluded platform final in ninth – one spot shy of NCAA automatic qualification … Her score of 258.45 in the final round ranked her fourth on the program's all-time performance list … Finished 18th in the 1-meter competition with an award of 262.80 … Championship finalist on the platform at the ACC Championship, placing eighth with a score of 239.55 … Won the 1-meter event at Old Dominion (11/8), with her award of 293.24 ranking fourth on the Blue Devils' all-time chart … Collected the first individual win of her collegiate career on the 1-meter board against UNC Wilmington (10/25).
Prior to Duke: USA Diving Summer Nationals and East Nationals Qualifier ... Earned AAU national medalist honors … Captured platform title at the 2013 Junior Olympics Zone B meet … Two-time North Carolina 3A state champion at South Point High School in Belmont, N.C. … Earned second-place at the North Carolina 3A Regionals as a junior and senior … North Carolina 3A regional and state medalist as a freshman … Member of the National Honor Society … Graduated with high honors and honors in Spanish ... 2014 NCHSAA Scholar Athlete.
Personal: Born MaryEllen Targonski on July 23, 1996 in Baltimore, Md. … Daughter of Dave and Grace Targonski … Has one younger brother, Peter, and three younger sisters, Colleen, Elizabeth, and Cara … Cousin, Robert Devine, ran track and field at Notre Dame … Aunt, Jessica Freeman Devine, is a 1998 Duke graduate.
Targonski Career Bests:
One-Meter: 293.24 ... 5th all-time at Duke
Three-Meter: 315.90 ... 6th all-time at Duke
Platform: 286.85 ... 2nd all-time at Duke
At the NCAA Championships:
2017: 16th, Platform ... 203.10
2018: 16th, Platform ... 213.95
At the ACC Championships:
2015: 8th, Platform ... 239.55
18th, One-Meter ... 262.80
2016: 3rd, Platform ... 286.85
15th, One-Meter ... 275.55
2017: 6th, Platform ... 243.50
18th, Three-Meter ... 264.60
23rd, One-Meter ... 244.70
2018: 2nd, Platform ... 250.05
16th, One-Meter ... 244.80