DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devil men boasted the top five finishers in the 100-yard breaststroke championship final and the top two 200 medley relays in another successful day of competition at the Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational.
Duke put forth a strong showing in the men’s 200 medley relay, earning the top two spots in the event. Senior Kaz Takabayashi, senior Michael Seaberg, senior Dylan Payne and sophomore Yusuke Legard combined for the fifth-fastest mark in program history (1:27.24) to take first, followed by the quartet of sophomore Max St. George, senior Peter Kropp, freshman Noah Stevens and sophomore Sean Tate (1:28.03).
Freshman Roger Kriegl raced to the wall in 3:56.01 in the men’s 400 IM preliminaries to rank sixth on the Blue Devils’ all-time performance list. He went on to net a sixth-place finish Saturday evening (3:58.11), while junior Marco Hosfeld lowered his career-best time with a 4:05.47 swim.
The Duke women featured a trio of swimmers in the championship final of the 100 butterfly, with junior Anna Quinn headlining the group in second (54.75). Senior Jessie Sutherland was fourth (55.19) and junior Maria Sheridan eighth (57.39). In the men’s race, Legard cracked the program’s all-time performance list during preliminaries (48.67) before finishing fourth overall in finals.
In the 200 freestyle, freshman Kira Page touched at 1:49.89 for second and junior Alex Peña in 1:37.49 for third. The morning session saw freshman Sheldon Boboff jump to third all-time in school history with a 1:36.75 performance and Peña also post a career best at 1:37.46.
The Blue Devil men swept the top five spots in the 100 breaststroke championship final, with Kropp taking first in a season-best 52.60. Payne followed suit in second (53.66), Seaberg in third (54.33), Stevens in fourth (54.81) and sophomore Judd Howard in fifth (54.84). Sophomore Alyssa Arwood improved on her career best in the same event on the women’s side (1:02.55), finishing second, and junior Catie Miller moved up to ninth on the all-time performance list with a 1:03.14 clocking in winning the consolation final.
St. George returned to the water at the end of the evening to place third in the men’s 100 backstroke (48.29).
Sunday marks the final day of competition at the Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 4:45 p.m. from Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. Live results will be available here.
Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Roger Kriegl (6th), 3:58.11
Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Max St. George (3rd), 48.29