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Duke Opens Action at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/15/2018
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Blue Devil swimmers opened action at the 2018 Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Senior Verity Abel got things started for the program-record 12 Duke swimmers and divers representing the program in Columbus this weekend, competing in the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle. Abel moved up five spots from her pre-championship seeding, coming in 48th overall at 4:44.76.

A pair of Blue Devils took to the blocks next in the preliminaries of the 200 individual medley. Senior Leah Goldman, this year’s ACC champion in the event, earned a career-best 27th-place finish (1:57.69) while classmate Lizzie Devitt took 46th (1:59.03) in her NCAA Championships debut.

The 50 freestyle preliminaries saw sophomore Alyssa Marsh improve upon her showing in the same event last year by nine spots, tying for 39th at 22.56. Junior Maddie Hess stopped the clock at 22.75 for 49th.

In the final event of the morning, Hess, junior Susan Hynes, sophomore Kylie Jordan and Marsh completed the 400 medley relay in school record pace but were later disqualified.

Day three of the NCAA Championships begins with preliminaries Friday morning at 10 a.m. Finals begin at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. Friday’s events in Columbus include the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, three-meter diving and the 200 medley relay.

For links to broadcast information and live results, click here.

Top Duke Finishers by Event:
500-Yard Freestyle:
Verity Abel (48th), 4:44.76
200-Yard Individual Medley: Leah Goldman (27th), 1:57.69
50-Yard Freestyle: Alyssa Marsh (t39th), 22.56