DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads fell to rival North Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion, as the Blue Devil women were defeated, 178-115, by the No. 11 Tar Heels and the Duke men fell to the No. 16 Heels, 177-113.
On the women’s side, freshman Ashley Twichell continues to impress, as she broke the pool record in the 1000 free event by touching in 9:57.45 for a first-place finish. Twichell also had a second-place showing in the 500 free event (4:52.62) for a Blue Devil season-best and NCAA 'B' cut, and teamed with senior Danielle Spearman, sophomore Shannon Beall and freshman Katie Magee to record a Duke season-best time of 3:30.45 for the 400 freestyle relay.
Spearman touched in 58.22 seconds to take top honors in the 100 back race and finished as the runner-up in the 200 back event with a time of 2:06.58).
Sophomore Julie Brummond swept the diving events, posting scores of 279.97 to take first on the 1-meter board and 266.85 to finish at the top on the 3-meter board.
The Blue Devil women fall to 5-1 (1-2 ACC) on the season, while the Tar Heels improve to 1-2 (1-0 ACC).
On the men’s side, Duke swimmers took the top two spots in the 200 free event, as freshman Andy Osterland recorded a first-place showing (1:42.86) and sophomore Sean Smith touched in 1:43.39 for a second-place finish.
Osterland also took top honors in the 100 free, finishing in 47.08 seconds, while Smith took third place in the 500 free race (4:42.65).
Duke closed out the meet with a one-two finish in the 400 freestyle relay, as the foursome of Smith, Osterland, freshman Spencer Booth and sophomore David Hahn finished in 3:08.82, and the group of sophomores Murillo Adrados, Eric Ness and Andrew Clark and junior Andy Ward touched in 3:15.26.
The Blue Devil men fall to 1-3 (0-3 ACC) on the season, while the Tar Heels improve to 1-2 (1-0 ACC).
Today’s wins provided UNC with a pair of points in the 2007-08 Carlyle Cup race, which the Tar Heels now lead 6 points to 1.5 points. The Carlyle Cup is an annual all-sports competition between Duke and North Carolina and is sponsored by Carlyle and Company.
Duke will return to the pool next weekend to close out its first half of the 2007-08 campaign, as the Blue Devils travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the Georgia Tech Invitational (Nov. 16-18).