COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Leah Goldman cemented her legacy at Duke Friday at the NCAA Championships, capturing honorable mention All-America honors in the 100-yard butterfly.
After capping her final ACC Championships with an conference title in the 200 individual medley and medalist honors in her marquee event for the third time in her career, Goldman took home more hardware in the final meet of her collegiate career. She tied for 15th in the 100 butterfly preliminaries at 51.92, earning a spot in the consolation final.
Friday evening’s event consolation final saw Goldman touch seventh in 52.23, solidifying the first All-America accolades of her career with a 15th-place finish overall. With her performance, the Blue Devil captain from Burlingame, Calif., became the sixth individual All-American in women’s program history. She also became Duke’s first swimmer on the women’s side to capture All-America honors since Christine Wixted garnered honorable mention recognition in the 200 breaststroke in 2014.
“That has been the one thing Leah has wanted to check off her list,” said head coach Dan Colella. “She secured her spot this morning. During those last couple of heats I knew she was tied. Before the final results came up, I thought she might have been tied for 16th, but she was in there.”
Goldman’s top-16 finish also ensured the Blue Devil women a spot in the team standings, marking the second consecutive year the program has scored at the NCAA Championships. Entering the final day of competition in Columbus, Duke sits tied for 39th with two points.
Goldman headlined a quartet of Blue Devils representing the program in the 100 butterfly preliminaries Friday morning. Senior Isabella Paez tapped the wall at 52.78, good for a career-best time and the fourth-fastest in program history. That swim placed her 29th in the field, marking a 17-spot improvement from her last 100 butterfly swim at NCAAs. Sophomore Kylie Jordan tied for 31st (52.98) and classmate Alyssa Marsh placed 36th (53.03) in the same event.
Senior Lizzie Devitt opened the morning in the 400 individual medley preliminaries, taking 35th (4:13.76) a day after finishing 46th in the 200 individual medley. Another Blue Devil senior, Verity Abel, took to the water in the 200 freestyle, finishing 52nd (1:48.50).
In the final individual event of the morning session, junior Maddie Hess raced to a top-25 showing in the 100 backstroke. She tied for 24th in the country at 52.67.
Hess, junior Susan Hynes, Marsh and Goldman teamed up for the 200 medley relay, tying for 21st overall at 1:37.93.
The NCAA Championships reach their conclusion Saturday at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Swimming preliminaries for the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay begin at 10 a.m., followed by platform diving trials at 12:15 p.m., early heats of the 1,650 freestyle at 3:45 p.m. and evening finals at 6 p.m. Saturday evening’s finals will be streamed on ESPN3.
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Top Duke Finishers by Event:
400-Yard Individual Medley: Lizzie Devitt (35th), 4:13.76
100-Yard Butterfly: Leah Goldman (15th), 52.23
200-Yard Freestyle: Verity Abel (52nd), 1:48.50
100-Yard Backstroke: Maddie Hess (t24th), 52.67
200-Yard Medley Relay: Maddie Hess, Susan Hynes, Alyssa Marsh, Leah Goldman (t21st), 1:37.93