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)
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