Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2018)
2018-19: Moved up two spots from his performance in the mile a year prior, taking 23rd in the event at the ACC Championships with a best time of 15:23.52 ... 1,000 freestyle split of 9:13.69 ranked fourth on the Blue Devils' all-time performance list ... Turned in a pair of thrilling victories in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle to help Duke defeat North Carolina in the regular season finale (2/2) ... Earned a top-10 finish in the 1,650 freestyle at the Tennessee Invitational … Took third in the mile at the Big Al Invitational.
2017-18: Scored for Duke at his first ACC Championships, placing 23rd in the 200 butterfly with a time that ranked him seventh on the all-time performance list (1:48.70) ... Also took 25th in the mile, with his mark of 15:24.67 ranking fifth in school history ... Moved up to fifth on the Blue Devils’ all-time performance list in the 500 freestyle (4:26.19) as well ... Recorded the ninth-fastest 1,000 freestyle mark in program history in a fifth-place finish at No. 25 Virginia (11/3).
Prior to Duke: 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier in the 1500-meter freestyle … Summer Junior Nationals qualifier in the 400 and 1500-meter freestyle … Turned in a pair of top-30 finishes in the 800 and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2017 U.S. Open … All-American as a junior and senior at Fordham Preparatory School … State champion in the 500 freestyle as a junior while also taking second in the 200 freestyle … Member of 200 and 400 freestyle relays that also captured state crowns at that meet … Guided Fordham to state titles as a senior, sophomore and freshman … Won the 1500-meter freestyle at the Quebec Cup as a freshman … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Member of the Badger Swim Club program … Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Sue and Joe LaFata … Has one brother (Dillon).
LaFata Career Bests:
200 Free: 1:40.44
500 Free: 4:26.01 ... 5th all-time at Duke
1,000 Free: 9:13.69 ... 4th all-time at Duke
1,650 Free: 15:23.52 ... 5th all-time at Duke
100 Fly: 52.24
200 Fly: 1:48.70 ... 7th all-time at Duke
At the ACC Championships:
2018: 23rd, 200 Fly ... 1:49.39
2019: 23rd, 1,650 Free ... 15:23.52