DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University senior Hunter Knight, a two-time All-ACC performer and the program record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, will make his first career appearance at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship later this month in Austin, Texas.
Knight was one of 235 swimmers from 57 different schools invited to the national meet, which will be held March 27-29 at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. He will be joined at NCAAs by classmate Nick McCrory, who secured a berth with first-place finishes on the three-meter springboard and platform at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships this week in Greensboro.
An ACC championship finalist in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as a sophomore, junior and senior, Knight took fourth in the 200 breaststroke two weeks ago at the conference meet and was fifth at the 100-yard distance. He broke his own program record in the 200 breaststroke with a 1:55.47 swim in the event preliminaries and clocked a personal-best time of 53.15 in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries.
In addition to Knight and McCrory, the Duke program also qualified six swimmers to the NCAA Championship on the women’s side, as seniors Lauren Weaver and Christine Wixted, sophomores Kathryn Eckhart and Chelsea Ye and freshmen Maddie Rusch and Jessie Sutherland will all compete at the women’s national meet March 20-22 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.
Live coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships includes live streaming of the women's meet March 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. each evening on ESPN3 as well as the men's meet March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Additional coverage of the championship meets will air April 2 at 9 p.m. and April 9 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
For more information about the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, visit www.ncaa.com/championships.