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Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion
Blue Devils Kick Off Season at Double Dual Meet
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/13/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. - Several individual performances highlighted the Duke swimming and diving teams’ opening day of the 2017 season in a two-day double dual meet against ACC opponents Florida State and Virginia Tech at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion.

The Blue Devils picked up three first-place finishes on the day, beginning with senior Verity Abel’s win in the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.41). Junior Yusuke Legard collected a win on the men’s side, taking first in the 100 freestyle at 44.52. Duke also claimed the top spot in the men’s 400 medley relay, as junior Max St. George, junior Judd Howard, Legard and sophomore Miles Williams combined for a time of 3:16.24.

Junior Evan Moretti paced the Blue Devil divers with a second-place showing on the one-meter board, earning an award of 338.85 points. Sophomore Nathaniel Hernandez was right behind him in third (337.65).

Freshman Connie Dean impressed in her Duke debut with a second-place performance in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.07) and a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley (2:03.55). On the men’s side, junior Sean Tate and Howard tied for second in the 100 breaststroke (56.40).

The Blue Devils also featured a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 backstroke as junior Maddie Hess (1:58.43) led the women and St. George (1:48.05) led the men. Sophomore Alyssa Marsh added a top-two finish in the 100 freestyle (50.86).

Duke kicked off the meet with second-place showings in the women’s (1:33.05) and men’s (1:20.92) 200 freestyle relays.

Action resumes Saturday at the Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion against the Hokies and Seminoles beginning at 10 a.m. Events on tap include the 200 medley relay, 1,000 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley and the 400 freestyle relay, as well as women’s one-meter and men’s three-meter springboard diving. Live results will be available here.

Team Scores:
Duke Women 96, Florida State Women 71
Virginia Tech Women 113, Duke Women 54
Virginia Tech Women 109.5, Florida State Women 57.5

Florida State Men 90, Duke Men 77
Virginia Tech Men 96, Duke Men 71
Virginia Tech Men 93, Florida State Men 74  

Top Duke Finishers by Event:
Women’s Three-Meter Diving: Lizzie Fitzpatrick (5th), 297.95
Men’s One-Meter Diving: 
Evan Moretti (2nd), 338.85

Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Maddie Hess, Alyssa Marsh, Hunter Aitchison, Lindsey Trematerra (2nd), 1:33.05
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Yusuke Legard, Miles Williams, Sean Tate, Max St. George (2nd), 1:20.92

Women’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Connie Dean (3rd), 2:03.55
Men’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Sheldon Boboff (6th), 1:53.68

Women’s 500-Yard Freestyle: Verity Abel (1st), 4:53.41
Men’s 500-Yard Freestyle: Spencer LaFata (6th), 4:37.13

Women’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Connie Dean (2nd), 1:04.07
Men’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Judd Howard & Sean Tate (2nd), 56.40

Women’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Maddie Hess  (2nd), 1:58.43
Men’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Max St. George (2nd), 1:48.05

Women’s 100-Yard Freestyle: Alyssa Marsh (2nd), 50.86
Men’s 100-Yard Freestyle: Yusuke Legard (1st), 44.52

Women’s 200-Yard Butterfly: Isabella Paez (3rd), 2:02.79
Men’s 200-Yard Butterfly: Daichi Matsuda (5th), 1:53.28

Women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay: Maddie Hess, Connie Dean, Alyssa Marsh, Leah Goldman (3rd), 3:43.77
Men’s 400-Yard Medley Relay: Max St. George, Judd Howard, Yusuke Legard, Miles Williams (1st), 3:16.24

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