In last weekend's trip to Columbia, S.C., the Blue Devils won three out of the four relay events while splitting with South Carolina and Queens. The Duke men notched a 232-61 victory over Queens and fell to the Gamecocks, 130-170, while the women defeated Queens, 220-53, and suffered a 127-170 loss to South Carolina.
Individually, two-time ACC Performer of the Week Christine Wixted won the 100 breast for the fourth time this season, touching in 1:03.49. Duke swimmers came out on top in the men's breaststroke events as well, with graduate student Piotr Safronczyk taking first in the 100 breast (56.46) and sophomore Hunter Knight edging the field at the 200 distance (2:05.25).
Other winners included junior Cara Vogel in the 200 back (2:01.47), rookie Ali Horn in the 200 fly (2:04.39) and senior Meghan Dwyer in the 500 free (5:00.15). The Blue Devils also recorded a sweep in the 50 free events, as sophomore Lauren Weaver won the women's event in 23.54 and junior Ben Hwang led the men with a 20.42 clocking. Hwang also turned in a first-place performance in the men's 100 free with a time of 45.17and anchored Duke's winning 200 medley and 400 free relays to earn Ronald McDonald House Charities Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
Duke's divers excelled on the boards against South Carolina and Queens, with senior Jessica Lyden taking second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Junior Jordan Long notched a second-place finish in the men's 1-meter competition, while senior Cody Kolodziejzyk placed second on the 3-meter board.
Virginia heads to Durham for Friday's matchup after collecting a pair of wins at Virginia Tech on Jan. 11. The Cavalier men, ranked No. 12 in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll, posted a 161-139 victory over the Hokies to improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. Meanwhile, the 11th-ranked Virginia women defeated Virginia Tech by a score of 166-132 to give them a 4-0 overall record and a mark of 1-0 in the conference.
In last year's meeting, Virginia recorded victories over both Duke squads in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers went on to capture their fourth consecutive ACC titles.
"We're excited about being home for the first time this season and swimming the Cavaliers," said head coach Dan Colella. "It's a great way to really get, particularly our freshmen, acquainted with the type of competition that they're going to be up against when they get to ACCs ... Every year we're able to give them better and better competition, and that's what we expect to do Friday night."
Friday's meet is slated to get underway at 5 p.m. in the Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion. The event is non-ticketed and open to the public. A live blog covering all the action will be available at www.coveritlive.com.