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Women's Swimming & Diving Welcomes Nine for 2019-20
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/07/2019
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DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke swimming and diving program and head coach Dan Colella announced Friday the addition of nine new Blue Devils for the 2019 women’s recruiting class.

Swimmers and divers in the group of signees hail from California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Singapore.

“We are really excited to be bringing in such a talented class,” Colella said. “We started the recruiting process with wanting to add some real speed and that is exactly what we have done. We feel really good about how much of an impact this group will make on the 2019-20 season and to help Duke swimming and diving continue where we left off this past year.”

In total, the Blue Devil swimming and diving program welcomes 20 student-athletes ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Learn more about the men’s program’s incoming class here.

“This group of women and men are exactly what we are looking for when we recruit Duke student-athletes,” Colella said. “We have all the confidence in the world that they will only enhance what we have been building here at Duke University.”

Take a closer look at the Blue Devils’ incoming freshman class:

Olwyn Bartis
Freestyle – Charlotte, N.C. – Myers Park High School – SwimMac Carolina
Notes:
State champion in the 100 and 200 freestyle and in the 400 freestyle relay as a junior … Winter Junior Nationals ‘A’ finalist in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle … Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American
On choosing Duke: “I chose Duke because of the immediate spark I felt while on campus. The driven nature and school camaraderie set it apart, and it felt like home immediately.”

 

Bartis Personal Records:
50 Free SCY/LCM - 22.78/26.49
100 Free SCY/LCM - 49.44/57.77
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:46.39/2:02.69
500 Free SCY - 4:46.31

Alex Bumpas
Sprint Free – Frisco, Texas – Wakeland High School – Texas Ford Aquatics
Notes:
Summer and Winter Junior Nationals qualifier … NISCA All-American … Captured a silver medal in the 50 freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle at the Texas 5A state meet her sophomore year … Also broke district and facility records in the sprint freestyle events her sophomore year … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American
On choosing Duke: “I chose Duke because of the unmatched balance between academics and athletics. I instantly felt at home with the team and coaches and know Duke will be the perfect place for me to excel in both the pool and the classroom.”

Bumpas Personal Records:
50 Free SCY/LCM - 23.34/26.55
100 Free SCY/LCM - 50.38/56.89
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:50.52/2:05.83
100 Fly SCY/LCM - 55.61/1:03.79
100 Back SCY/LCM - 57.82/1:06.83

Kate Mullin
Diving – Wellesley, Mass. – Beaver Country Day School – Boston Area Diving
Notes:
Three-time All-American … One and three-meter semifinalist at 2018 USA Diving nationals … Qualified for 2017 USA Diving nationals in both springboard events
On choosing Duke: I chose Duke because I fell in love with the school, the people and the vibe when I stepped foot on campus for my first visit. The swimming and diving team coaches and athletes are fun, supportive, competitive and smart. The top tier academics and athletics are especially appealing, making Duke my dream school!

Mullin Personal Records:
One-Meter (6 dive) - 355.5
One-Meter (11 dive) - 596.6

Nat Ong
Sprint Free/Fly – Singapore – Methodist Girls’ School – Aquatech Swimming
Notes:
Has represented Singapore at numerous international competitions, including the 2018, 2016 and 2014 FINA World Cups, 2015 FINA Junior World Championships, the 2017 Southeast Asia Games, 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships and the 2016 Asian Championship … Received a Singapore National Olympic Council Meritorious Award in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay for the relay’s performance at the Southeast Asia Games 2017
On choosing Duke: “I chose Duke because of the people and the environment.”

Ong Personal Records:
50 Free SCM/LCM - 26.05/26.60
100 Free LCM - 57.10
200 Free LCM - 2:05.14
50 Fly LCM - 28.68

Kayle Park
IM/Breast – Arlington, Va. – Yorktown High School – Arlington Aquatic Club
Notes:
Winter Nationals qualifier … Junior Nationals qualifier … All-American in the 100-yard breaststroke … Took third in the 200 individual medley at her senior state meet … State qualifier all four seasons
On choosing Duke:
“I chose Duke because of the perfect balance between academics and athletics as well as the instant connection I felt when I walked on campus. The team and the coaching staff are incredible and I can’t wait to be a part of such an amazing and talented team.”

Park Personal Records:
100 Breast SCY/LCM - 1:02.82/1:13.95
200 Breast SCY/LCM - 2:13.34/2:40.39
200 IM SCY/LCM - 2:02.23/2:32.60
400 IM SCY/LCM - 4:26.07/5:33.84

Emma Shuppert
Backstroke – Cincinnati, Ohio – Seven Hills School – Blue Ash YMCA
Notes:
NISCA All-American as a junior … State runner-up in the 100 backstroke as a junior … Earned top-three finishes in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke at YMCA Long Course Nationals … Runner-up in 100 backstroke at YMCA Short Course Nationals … Raced to a top-eight showing in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley at states her sophomore year
On choosing Duke: “After only one visit, I knew Duke was the place for me. The combination of Duke’s incredible academic environment with its devoted athletic culture is unmatched by any other school I’ve seen, and I felt right at home in the swimming and diving team’s close-knit atmosphere.”

Shuppert Personal Records:
100 Back SCY/LCM - 53.79/1:02.82
200 Back SCY/LCM - 1:59.36/2:16.61
50 Back SCY/LCM - 24.85/29.56

Sarah Snyder
Sprints/Mid-Free/Fly – Palo Alto, Calif. – Henry M. Gunn High School – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Notes:
Competed at 2018 FINA World Cup and 2018 and 2017 Winter Juniors Championship West … NISCA All-American … State finalist in the 200 freestyle as a senior … Captured All-America honors in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 and 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay her junior year … Guided high school team to title at Central Coast Section Championships as a junior … Scholastic All-American
On choosing Duke: “The combination of amazing academics as well as stellar athletics was a perfect fit for me. The beautiful campus felt like home as soon as I got there, the swim coaches are awesome! And the swim team was so welcoming and fun.”

Snyder Personal Records:
50 Free SCY/LCM - 23.10/26.26
100 Free SCY/LCM – 49.93/56.99
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:47.82/2:02.01
500 Free SCY - 4:57.77
100 Fly SCY/LCM - 54.94/1:02.63
200 Fly SCY/LCM - 2:03.58/2:22.61

Olivia Tighe
Sprint Free/Fly – Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Cape Elizabeth High School – Coastal Maine Aquatics
Notes:
Junior Nationals qualifier … Maine High School Swimmer of the Year as a senior … Two-time Maine State Performer of the Meet … Scholastic All-American
On choosing Duke:
“I chose Duke because of the university’s commitment to both academic and athletic excellence. It is clear that the team is super motivated and the swimmers are supportive and close - spending time with the coaching staff and team made the decision even easier. I am so grateful and excited to be a Blue Devil!”

Tighe Personal Records:
50 Free SCY/LCM - 23.54/26.75
100 Free SCY/LCM - 49.87/57.97
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:49.15/2:08.16
500 Free SCY - 5:00.90
100 Fly SCY - 56.93/1:05.49
200 IM SCY/LCM - 2:05.08/2:29.07

Ali Watson
Diving – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Pine Crest School – Fort Lauderdale Diving Team
Notes:
World University Games Trials qualifier … Finalist on the platform at Senior Winter National Championships her junior year … Also claimed a Zones title on the three-meter board that year, as well as a silver medal on the platform and a bronze on the one-meter board … Junior National Champion on the platform as a junior … Silver medalist on the platform at the British Junior Elite Championships … YMCA Platform national champion as a sophomore … Platform finalist at Senior Nationals … NISCA All-American … USA Diving High Performance Tier 3 Member in 2017, 2018 and 2019
On choosing Duke: “I know it is cliché to talk about the combination of strong academic and athletic programs; however this rings especially true for me. Coach Esposto has the ability to get me closer to my goals of winning NCAAs and competing in Olympic Trials. Academically, the CAPE program’s unique benefits to female pre-medical student-athletes jumpstarts my path to becoming a doctor.  Balancing diving with medical internships, mentoring and shadowing is Duke to me. I can’t wait to call Duke home.”

Watson Personal Records:
One-Meter (10 dive) - 397.4
Three-Meter (10 dive) - 479.75
Platform (9 dive) - 503.75
10-Meter Platform (5 dive) - 236.45

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