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Michael Miller
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Michael Miller
Duke Rookies Shine on Day 2 of ACC Championship
Saturday 02/27/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke’s freshman class powered the team to another record-setting night at the 2014 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Blue Devil swimmers totaled 16 lifetime bests, six NCAA provisionally-qualifying times, eight all-time top-10 marks and one school record Thursday to wrap up the second day of competition at the three-and-a-half day meet.

In the opening event of the evening, the all-freshmen 200-yard freestyle relay of James Peek, Bradley Cline, Peter Kropp and Jack Carey placed eighth in the conference with a season-best time of 1:20.99. That mark also ranked the relay seventh on the program’s all-time charts.

After breaking the program record in the 200 IM during the morning session with a 1:45.66 swim, freshman Michael Miller returned the pool Thursday evening to place 13th in the conference at 1:46.46. Cline represented Duke in the bonus final, clocking a personal-best and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:46.51 to tie for 19th. In addition, both Miller and Cline’s marks were among the fastest in the country by freshmen swimmers this season.

Peek rounded out the Duke contingent by earning a finals spot among a highly-competitive 50 freestyle field. The rookie from Sussex, England turned in the third-fastest time in school history during preliminaries, tapping the wall at 19.85 for an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Peek then posted a time of 20.22 in the consolation final to come in 15th overall.

The preliminaries of the 500 freestyle saw freshman Sam Sherman register a season-best time of 4:34.39 and junior Clay Sanders grab a personal best at 4:34.90.

Following Thursday night’s action, the Duke men moved up one spot in the team standings to eighth with 193.5 points. That point total includes the results from last week’s 1-meter springboard diving competition, in which senior Nick McCrory took first (425.70) for the fourth time in his career and sophomore Deon Reid scored from 23rd (303.50).

Action resumes at 11 a.m. Friday in Greensboro with the preliminaries of the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Live results will be available throughout the day, with the 7 p.m. finals session to be streamed live on TheACC.com.

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