CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Duke swimming and diving teams posted a pair of school records and received strong contributions from the diving boards in ACC dual meet action Friday at Virginia.
The Blue Devil men (0-5, 0-4 ACC) battled with the 25th-ranked Cavaliers throughout the day before falling by a 169-131 margin, while the women (2-3, 1-3 ACC) suffered a 182-115 setback in a top-25 competition at Virginia’s Aquatic and Fitness Center.
“We knew going into the meet we had the opportunity to win a handful of events, which we did,” said head coach Dan Colella. “What was really a priority to try to keep the meet close and have the possibility of winning was to break up some of that depth that they have. We were able to do that in spots. In the end, we came up a little bit short, but very proud of the way the men performed. We had a lot of really outstanding performances, both in the swimming pool as well as on the boards.”
For the meet, Duke collected first-place finishes in 12 individual events and in one relay. The squads kicked off the day with a strong showing on the springboards, where Blue Devil divers claimed three of the four events. Senior MaryEllen Targonski was first on the one-meter board with a season-best award of 284.40 and also took second at the three-meter height. The men’s one-meter competition saw junior Evan Moretti also earn a win and record a season-best at 360.75. Moretti was second in the three-meter event behind sophomore Nathaniel Hernandez, who totaled a season-high 371.70 points.
The quartet of junior Max St. George, junior Sean Tate, junior Yusuke Legard and sophomore Miles Williams opened the swimming portion of the meet with a win in the men’s 200-yard medley relay (1:28.64). St. George would go on to sweep the men’s backstroke events individually, lowering his NCAA provisional cut at the 100-yard distance with a 47.76 showing. Legard also added a pair of victories in the 100 and 200 freestyle, leading Williams in a one-two finish for Duke at the 200-yard distance.
Williams returned to the water later in the meet to touch first in the 50 freestyle while Tate rounded out the individual events with a school record in the 100 individual medley at 51.11.
Excelling for the Blue Devil men in the distance races was freshman Zach Washart, who turned in a pair of third-place finishes in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle. His mark of 9:25.55 at the 1,000-yard distance shaved over six seconds off of his previous season best in the event. Senior Verity Abel won the same distance events for the Duke women and was the lone swimmer in the field to come in under 10 minutes in the 1,000 at 9:59.84.
Fellow senior Leah Goldman was first to the wall in the women’s 100 individual medley, breaking her own school record at 56.52. The Burlingame, Calif., native also anchored both Blue Devil relays on the afternoon, teaming with junior Maddie Hess, junior Lindsey Trematerra and sophomore Alyssa Marsh to notch a season-best time of 1:32.45 in the 200 freestyle relay.
Marsh was Duke’s top finisher in two individual events, winning the 100 butterfly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 53.78. She was also second in the 50 freestyle, as was Hess in the 100 backstroke and senior Isabella Paez in the 200 butterfly.
“The divers did an exceptional job,” Colella said. “On the swimming side of things, to come out and win the first relay was something that I thought we could do, and they stood up and did a great job to get us started. We saw some really gutsy swims by individuals across the board.”
After opening the season with three meets in the span of a month, the Blue Devils will take a break in competition until traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Tennessee Invitational Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
“There’s been a lot of great training,” Colella said of the teams’ fall season to date. “We’ve competed against some tough competitors, which is a good way to learn and to grow.”
Virginia Women 182, Duke Women 115
Virginia Men 169, Duke Men 131
Top Duke Finishers by Event:
Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay: Maddie Hess, Halle Morris, Alyssa Marsh, Leah Goldman (2nd), 1:41.66
Men’s 200-Yard Medley Relay: Max St. George, Sean Tate, Yusuke Legard, Miles Williams (1st), 1:28.64
Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Maddie Hess, Lindsey Trematerra, Alyssa Marsh, Leah Goldman (2nd), 1:32.45
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Yusuke Legard, Sean Tate, Alex Peña, Max St. George (2nd), 1:22.85