ATLANTA – The 2017 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship kicked off Monday evening with strong performances in a pair of relay events. Duke enters the first full day of action Tuesday in second place overall with a team score of 147 points.
The Blue Devils’ 200-yard medley relay of senior Kaz Takabayashi, senior Peter Kropp, senior Michael Miller and sophomore Yusuke Legard came in under the NCAA provisional standard with a 1:25.70 clocking to start off the night. That placed the group sixth in the conference and second on the program’s all-time performance list.
Miller was back in the water an hour later for the 800 freestyle relay. He joined sophomore Sean Tate, freshman Miles Williams and senior Bradley Cline in eclipsing the previous program record by nearly two seconds. The quartet combined for a 6:25.65 mark to place seventh in the field. Miller led off the relay with a 1:37.55 split for Duke’s third-fastest 200 freestyle time of the season.
“The 200 medley relay got us started,” said head coach Dan Colella. “1:25.7 was a really great performance from the group this evening, got under the ‘B’ standard. Our goal will be to try to get the ‘A’ cut in the 400 medley relay in a couple of nights. Everybody did their part. The 800 free relay broke the school record. A lot of great racing there – had two really big legs from Sean Tate and Brad Cline. It was a solid evening and just a good indicator of things to come in the next few days.”
Last week in men's one-meter diving, freshman Nathaniel Hernandez impressed in his ACC Championship debut. The Southlake, Texas native advanced to the event finals where he totaled 321.90 points, good for fifth overall. Sophomore Evan Moretti was 18th in preliminaries (271.85) and sophomore Josh Owsiany 20th (265..40).
Tuesday’s events at the ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship include the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and the 50 freestyle. Preliminaries get underway at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m., with the finals session slated to be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Live results will also be available.
1) Virginia Tech 163 2) Duke 147 3) Florida State 146 4) Notre Dame 138 5) NC State 130 6) Georgia Tech 122 7) North Carolina 117 8) Louisville 113 9) Pitt 106 10) Virginia 94 11) Boston College 66 12) Miami 28
Top Duke Finishers by Event:
200-Yard Medley Relay: Kaz Takabayashi, Peter Kropp, Michael Miller, Yusuke Legard (6th), 1:25.70
800-Yard Freestyle Relay: Michael Miller, Sean Tate, Miles Williams, Brad Cline (7th), 6:25.65