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Women’s Swimming & Diving Defeats Maryland, N.C. State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/01/2008
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DURHAM, N.C. – The women’s swimming and diving team locked up a pair of ACC wins Saturday afternoon, defeating N.C. State and Maryland, while the men defeated the Terrapins but fell to the Wolfpack at Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion in the second day of the dual meet competition.

The meet began last night at the Casey Natatorium on N.C. State’s campus, and continued today at Duke – with both day’s results totaled to determine the winners.

The women defeated Maryland by a final score of 199-154, and N.C. State 216-137. The Blue Devils had led both teams after yesterday’s events and held on for the win. The men defeated Maryland, 203-144, and fell to N.C. State 201-151, as the places remained the same after day one as well.

The women improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season, while the men are now 2-1.

“It was good to be challenged last night and to be able to come back with the same intensity that they had,” said head coach Dan Colella. “As a coaching staff, we are really proud of the fact that they took it up another level today with some great performances, culminating with two outstanding relays at the end. There were great swims throughout the day that are just up a notch from where we were last year, and we’re very excited.”

After 20 events Friday night, the meet resumed with the women’s 200 yard medley relay, in which Duke got off to a blazing start as the Blue Devil team of Meghan Dwyer, Meredith Bannon, Shannon Beall, and Steffi Niessl won in 1:45.27 over Maryland’s top team.

The men’s team of David Hahn, Bryan Durazo, Nick Garvy, and Andy Osterland continued the winning ways as they won the event in a pool-record 1:33.64, just out-touching the Terrapins.

Sophomore Ashley Twichell carried over a strong day one performance as she took second in the 400 IM in 4:28.09, after setting a pool record in the 1000 freestyle (9:55.26) and winning both that and the 200 free yesterday. Later, Twichell won the 500 free as well, in 4:58.80, followed by teammate Jackie Fasano in 4:59.99 as the pair went 1-2.

Duke saw strong showings in the butterfly, as the tandem of Beall (55.69) and Niessl (55.99) went 1-2 on the women’s side and Garvy won the event for the men in 50.3 seconds.

On the boards, freshman diver Abby Johnston completed her solid weekend as she won the three-meter in 366.25, shattering her season-best of 311.78. That came after she also won the one-meter yesterday with a 329.35, which was a pool record and a seven-second season best. Freshman Shawn Hoffman was second in the men’s one-meter competiton with his score of 321.50.

The meet culminated with the 400 freestyle relays, as the men won the event with the tandem of Sean Smith, Garvy, Pieter den Hartog, and Osterland in 3:04.85. The women’s team of Twichell, Niessl, Dwyer, and Beall were second in 3:31.51, just behind Maryland.

The teams will next compete Nov. 20-22 at the Nike Cup Invitational in Columbia, S.C.


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