ATLANTA – Freshman Roger Kriegl broke a school record in the 500-yard freestyle and the Blue Devils turned in another strong relay performance to highlight the second day of competition at the 2017 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Tuesday at the McAuley Aquatic Center. Duke enters the final two days of the meet in eighth place overall with a team score of 234 points.
“Today was not our best day,” said head coach Dan Colella. “We’re very proud of Roger Kriegl, breaking the school record in the 500 free. Tomorrow is a new day and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of a lot of opportunities.”
The Blue Devils began the day with a record-breaking performance by Kriegl in the 500 freestyle preliminaries. Kriegl shaved over three seconds off his season best in the event with a 4:23.65 swim, earning him the school record and an NCAA ‘B’ cut. The Moorpark, Calif., native advanced to the bonus final, where he would place 24th overall at 4:26.62.
After going 4:27.85 in the 500 freestyle preliminaries, junior Matt Johnson went on to post a season-best time of 4:25.08 in a time trial Tuesday evening.
Sophomore Yusuke Legard represented the squad in the 50 freestyle finals, coming in sixth in the bonus final and 22nd overall with a time of 20.12. The 50 freestyle preliminaries featured several best times for Blue Devil swimmers, including a 20.18 showing by junior Alex Peña, which moved him into a tie for seventh all-time at Duke. Senior Peter Kropp went a best time of 20.38 and senior Joey Maginnis stopped the clock in a career-best 20.42 in a time trial.
Legard returned to the pool later in the evening to lead off the Blue Devils’ 200 freestyle relay. He teamed with senior Michael Seaberg, freshman Miles Williams and Peña for seventh in the conference and fifth on the all-time performance list at 1:19.01.
In the 200 individual medley, sophomore Judd Howard was just outside the top 24 with a 1:46.88 preliminaries clocking, ranking him third on Duke’s all-time performance list. Classmate Max St. George also turned in a career best in preliminaries, tapping the wall at 1:47.80 for the sixth-fastest mark in program history.
The Blue Devils also received 53 points from the men’s three-meter diving competition, held in Atlanta two weeks ago. Nathaniel Hernandez advanced with a top-eight finish in preliminaries and was the only freshman diver to reach the championship final, notching an award of 292.45. Sophomores Josh Owsiany (337.15) and Evan Moretti (313.70) were ninth and 16th, respectively, in preliminaries.
Wednesday’s preliminaries in Atlanta begin at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra. Individual events on tap include the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke, while teams will also compete in the 400 medley relay.
Team Scores: 1) NC State 471 2) Louisville 402.5 3) Virginia Tech 384 4) Notre Dame 365.5 5) Florida State 337 6) North Carolina 291 7) Virginia 250 8) Duke 234 9) Pitt 224 10) Georgia Tech 205 11) Boston College 98 12) Miami 76
Top Duke Finishers by Event:
500-Yard Freestyle: Roger Kriegl (24th), 4:26.62
200-Yard Individual Medley: Judd Howard (25th), 1:46.88
50-Yard Freestyle: Yusuke Legard (22nd), 20.12
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Yusuke Legard, Michael Seaberg, Miles Williams, Alex Peña (7th), 1:19.01