DURHAM, N.C. – Two Blue Devils will represent the Duke men’s swimming and diving program at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship this week at The Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas.
Three-time NCAA platform diving champion Nick McCrory will look to conclude an outstanding collegiate career on a high note at the national meet, which begins Thursday, March 27 and continues through Saturday, March 29 in Austin. McCrory will also be joined by fellow senior Hunter Knight, who will be making his first career appearance at the NCAA Championship.
Preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET Thursday, Friday and Saturday, followed by the finals session at 8 p.m. ET each day. Diving preliminaries are set for 2:30 p.m. each afternoon, with the event finals included in each evening’s program. Friday and Saturday’s finals sessions will be broadcast live on ESPN3, while additional coverage will also be aired on tape delay Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. For more information and to view the complete schedule of events, visit the NCAA Championship homepage.
McCrory returns to the national stage this week after previously winning individual NCAA titles on the platform in 2010, 2011 and 2013. A nine-time All-American across the three diving disciplines, he is coming off of first-place finishes on the three-meter board and the platform at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships two weeks ago in Greensboro, N.C. McCrory also swept the diving events at the ACC Championship for the second consecutive year to conclude his final conference meet as the most decorated diver in the history of the ACC with 10 conference diving crowns.
McCrory was also among the 25 divers named to USA Diving’s AT&T Olympic Performance Squad for 2014. The squad includes those divers who have competed at the 2013 FINA World Championships, have been named to the 2014 FINA World Cup team or who have been identified by High Performance Director Steve Foley as divers who could play a key role in shaping the 2016 team. Former Blue Devil standout Abby Johnston (Duke ’13), who along with McCrory medaled for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, was also selected to the team, as announced by USA Diving Wednesday.
An ACC championship finalist in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as a sophomore, junior and senior, Knight took fourth in the 200 breaststroke at last month’s ACC Championship 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. A two-time All-ACC performer in the breaststroke events, Knight will compete in the 100 breaststroke Friday and the 200 on Saturday.
The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championship will earn first team All-America honors, while places nine through 16 will garner honorable mention All-America accolades.
Thursday’s events in Austin include the preliminaries and finals of the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay and one-meter diving.
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