The Blue Devil swimmers will see their first action of 2012 after closing out the fall season with an impressive showing at the Nike Cup Invitational Nov. 17-19 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Duke women claimed second place out of eight squads, while the men finished third overall. The squads saw a combined four school records fall during the course of the three-day competition, with Blue Devil swimmers also notching 14 NCAA 'B' cut qualifying times. In addition, three divers surpassed NCAA Zone Diving standards on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
Sophomore Christine Wixted broke her own school record in the women's 100 breast, finishing second with a time of 1:00.97. The Greenwood Village, Colo., native also won the 200 IM with a season-best and NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:59.87. Senior Meghan Dwyer surpassed her own school record in the 200 back with a 1:58.00 performance in the event preliminaries.
On the men's side, a pair of Duke swimmers established new program records in the breaststroke events. Graduate student Piotr Safronczyk garnered an NCAA 'B' cut standard and a new school record in the 100 breast with his 55.10 clocking. Meanwhile, sophomore Hunter Knight broke Eric Steinhouse's 31-year-old school record in the 200 breast, touching in 2:00.53.
Senior diver Jessica Lyden won the women's 3-meter competition, surpassing the NCAA Zone Diving standard with a personal-best score of 362.60. Fellow senior Cody Kolodziejzyk grabbed a first-place finish as well, winning the men's 1-meter event with a score of 363.80 to also qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. The Duke diving corps has been busy since the Nike Cup, taking to the boards for the USA Diving Winter Nationals in November and last week's informal competition against NC State.
South Carolina enters Saturday's meet with an overall record of 2-3 on the men's side and a mark of 3-2 for the women's squad. The Gamecocks also competed at the Nike Cup in November, with the women grabbing a third-place finish and the men taking fourth.
After adding swimming as a varsity sport in 2010-11, the Queens Royals have started off this season with a 7-1 record for the men and a ledger of 8-2 on the women's side.