KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Several current and former Blue Devils headed to Knoxville this week to race in the TYR Pro Swim Series, held at Tennessee’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
USA Swimming National Team member and 2011 Duke graduate Ashley Twichell opened the meet Wednesday evening with a victory in the women’s 800-meter freestyle (8:32.27).
Thursday’s action in Knoxville saw Blue Devil junior Kylie Jordan come in under the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials standard in the women’s 200 butterfly, as she touched at 1:00.60 during finals for 11th place. Isabella Paez, a 2018 graduate of Duke, joined Jordan in the ‘B’ final, taking 13th (1:00.85).
Freshman Melissa Pish (2:02.65), Twichell (2:03.75) and senior Yusuke Legard (1:55.70) also earned top-16 finishes in the women’s and men’s 200 freestyle finals while sophomore Connie Dean went 4:57.77 in the 400 individual medley preliminaries and took 24th in the 100 breaststroke finals (1:14.56).
On Friday, Twichell notched a U.S. Olympic Trials cut in her second event of the meet, placing fourth overall in the women’s 400 freestyle (4:11.84). Paez was 12th in the women’s 200 butterfly finals at 2:17.23.
Jordan posted one of the top-10 fastest times of the morning in the women’s 50 butterfly (27.40), Legard was 12th in the men’s 50 freestyle preliminaries (23.44) and Pish 14th in the 400 freestyle preliminaries (4:20.67).
Twichell is seeded third in the women’s 1,500 freestyle, slated for Saturday evening in Knoxville.
The Duke men and women host the UNCW divers and swimmers from Queens University of Charlotte and William & Mary Saturday in the regular season home finale at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. Action gets underway with the diving portion of the meet at 12 p.m.