DURHAM, N.C. – An impressive second day of competition at the Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational saw one NCAA 'B' cut, freshman Melissa Pish set the Blue Devil record in the 200-yard freestyle, junior Kylie Jordan establish the Duke mark in the 100 butterfly and the program continue momentum heading into the ACC Championships.
Duke began Saturday evening’s session with a win in the women’s 100 butterfly as freshman Rachel Peroni finished in 54.40. Sophomore Nathaniel Hartley (48.94) led a one-two finish in the same event on the men’s side with senior Judd Howard taking second (48.96).
Freshman Shae Nicolaisen picked up another win for the Duke women with a season-best 4:26.50 performance in the 400 individual medley, shaving more than three seconds off her time in preliminaries. Senior Riley Hickman (4:07.68) took sixth in the same event on the men’s side with his best time of the season.
In the women’s 200 freestyle, the Blue Devils turned in a one-two-three finish. Leading the way was Pish (1:45.44) followed by sophomore Carly Perri (1:48.38) and freshman Zoe Lusk (1:49.47) third. The time for Pish broke her own Duke record and set the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion record. The Blue Devils picked up a fifth place on the men’s side, by sophomore Zach Washart (1:39.62).
The women’s 100 breaststroke had sophomore Halle Morris in first place (1:03.03) while the men’s highest finish in the event was by freshman Colson Zucker in 55.41 to take third. Freshman Henry Wu was right behind in fourth (55.90).
Senior Mickayla Hinkle added a final individual victory for Duke in the women’s 100 backstroke (55.03) with freshman Easop Lee finishing just behind her in second (55.33) and Peroni (56.40) in third. Junior Kira Page completed the Duke string at the top, placing fourth in 56.95.
The men wrapped the day’s competition with a dominant race by senior Max St. George (46.56) in the 100 backstroke, besting the field by more than three seconds. The mark was good for an NCAA 'B' cut and St. George’s fastest time of the campaign.
During preliminaries, Jordan established the Duke, Taishoff and meet record in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 51.42. The men’s 200 medley relay also set the Taishoff record with a time of 1:26.07 while the women’s 200 medley relay clocked a 1:37.69 to break the meet record.
Action returns to Chapel Hill and North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium for the final day of competition at the Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational Sunday. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m., with live results available on the Meet Mobile app.
Top Duke Finishers by Event:
Women’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Rachel Peroni (1st), 54.40
Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Nathaniel Hartley (1st), 48.94
Women’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Shae Nicolaisen (1st), 4:26.50
Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Riley Hickman (6th), 4:07.68
Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle: Melissa Pish (1st), 1:45.44
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle: Zach Washart (4th), 1:38.35
Women’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Halle Morris (1st), 1:03.03
Men’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Colson Zucker (3rd), 55.41
Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Mickayla Hinkle (1st), 55.03
Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Max St. George (1st), 46.56