ATLANTA – The Blue Devil swimming and diving squads concluded action at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Sunday, as the Duke women placed fourth with 422.5 points and the Duke men placed fifth with 360 points on the weekend.
Florida State swept the invitational as the Seminole women notched 1,127 points for the win and the FSU men posted 928 points for the victory.
The Duke women’s squad saw 11 swimmers, one diver and one relay team add points to the team tally on Sunday.
Freshman Ashley Twichell took third place in the 1650 free in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 16:48.37, while sophomore Jackie Fasano placed eighth in 17:12.47 in the same race. Freshman Melissa Reynolds competed but did not score.
Five Blue Devils qualified for the finals in the 200 backstroke event and three went on to score for Duke, as junior Danielle Spearman placed 13th (2:07.43), freshman Alessondra Speidel placed 15th (2:07.97) and classmate Katie Magee placed 16th (2:10.76). Sophomores Christa Holt and Elizabeth Bellew also competed in the 200 back finals.
Spearman also scored for the Blue Devils in the 100 free finals, as she touched in 52.51 seconds to tie for 14th place. Freshman Kirstie Jeffrey also competed but did not score.
The 200 breaststroke finals saw sophomore Meredith Bannon take 11th place in 2:23.15 and freshman Jessica Perry finish directly behind Bannon in 2:23.86. Freshman Kaitlin Ray came in 16th, finishing in 2:27.42 as all three turned in point-producing performances. Seniors Alexa Namba and Amy Brown also competed but did not score.
Sophomore Shannon Beall placed third in the 200 fly finals, as she touched in 2:04.42. Bellew took 12th place in the event with a mark of 2:09.39, as both contributed to Duke’s team score.
In the platform diving event, sophomore Julie Brummond notched a score of 222.95 to take fourth place and Duke placed sixth (3:30.65) and 11th (3:34.27) in the invitational-ending 400 free relay to produce points for the Blue Devils.
On the men’s side, 10 Duke swimmers and two relay squads came through with contributions to Duke’s team tally on the final day of action.
Three Blue Devils turned in point-producing performances in the 200 back as freshman Spencer Booth placed sixth in 1:52.00, sophomore Murillo Adrados placed ninth in 1:53.12 and McKeever placed 16th in 1:58.51.
Booth also scored for Duke in the 200 fly finals, placing 11th (1:56.01). Sophomore Eric Ness touched in 1:53.23 for an eighth-place finish in the event, while sophomores Paul Zarian and Bryan Durazo also competed but did not score.
Freshman Andy Osterland touched in 46.21 seconds in the 100 free race to place 10th and score for the Blue Devils. Freshman Nick Garvy and sophomore Sean Smith also competed in the finals but did not score.
In the invitational’s last event saw Duke 400 free relay squads take sixth and 10th with times of 3:08.10 and 3:12.03, respectively.
The Blue Devil swimming and diving squads will be in action next on January 12, 2008, as Duke travels to Davidson, N.C., to take on the Wildcats and South Carolina in a tri-meet.
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