DURHAM, N.C. – Juniors Anna Quinn and Alex Peña each posted individual victories and the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay also earned a first-place finish on the final day of the Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational in Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion.
“There were a lot of folks that did a lot of great racing this weekend,” said head coach Dan Colella. “You’re always excited to see the fruits of your labor … It had to be exciting for those heading to Atlanta to see the kinds of drops that these guys made this week. It’s got everybody looking forward to ACCs.”
Following morning preliminaries, sophomore Brittany Kahn checked in at a career-best 17:17.54 for fourth overall in the women’s 1,650 freestyle. Sophomore Riley Hickman competed in the men’s mile Sunday evening, notching the fifth-fastest time in the field at 15:35.61.
Junior Maria Sheridan turned in an exciting race in the women’s 200 backstroke championship final, finishing second in 2:02.40. Peña was equally as impressive in the same event on the men’s side, besting the field for an individual victory (1:44.38). That swim lowered his career-best time in the event, moving him up to second on the program’s all-time performance list.
In the 100 freestyle events, freshman Kira Page was fourth (51.22) and classmate Sheldon Boboff eighth (45.23) overall. Another Blue Devil rookie, Suzanne Dolan, registered a career-best time of 51.84 in winning the women’s B final.
Duke placed two swimmers in the women’s 200 breaststroke A final, led by sophomore Alyssa Arwood in fourth (2:18.07). Susan Hynes was sixth (2:21.96), while junior Catie Miller earned a personal best of 2:17.16 in winning the B final. Freshman Noah Stevens etched his name on the Blue Devils’ all-time performance list in the men’s 200 breaststroke, dropping time from preliminaries to take second overall at 2:00.40.
The women’s 200 butterfly saw junior Anna Quinn claim a win in 1:59.19, good for an NCAA provisional cut. Freshman Daichi Matsuda represented Duke in the men’s 200 butterfly, placing fourth at 1:47.95. Matsuda’s morning swim of 1:47.91 ranked him fifth all-time in program history.
In the final event of the meet, senior Jessie Sutherland helped bring home a first-place finish for the women’s 400 freestyle relay, joining teammates Miller, Sheridan and Page in combining for a mark of 3:26.53. The men’s 400 freestyle relay of senior Rahul Chokshi, Peña, Stevens and Hickman took third in 3:02.74 to close things out.
The Blue Devil women’s swimmers and women’s and men’s divers compete next at the 2017 ACC Championships Feb. 13-16 in Atlanta, Ga.
Women’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Catie Miller, Maria Sheridan, Kira Page, Jessie Sutherland (1st), 3:26.53
Men’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Rahul Chokshi, Alex Peña, Noah Stevens, Riley Hickman (3rd), 3:02.74