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Kaz Takabayashi
Player Profile:
Kaz Takabayashi 1319643
Position: Fly/Back
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
City/State: Glastonbury, Conn.
High School: Glastonbury

Honors: All-ACC Academic (2015) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014, 2015)

2014-15: Member of Blue Devils’ 200 medley relay that was the first to garner automatic NCAA qualification since the ‘A’ and ‘B’ standards were implemented … Group’s school record breaking time of 1:25.03 at the ACC Championship placed the Blue Devils second for a podium finish … The relay went on to compete at the NCAA meet, advancing to the consolation final before being disqualified … During the regular season, helped guide the 200 medley relay to six first-place finishes, including in a facility record-breaking performance at home against Harvard and South Carolina (1/10) … Group broke North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium facility record at the Carolina College Invitational  with a 1:26.49 swim (2/7) … Scored for Duke in the bonus final of the 100 backstroke and 200 butterfly at ACCs … Time of 48.63 in the 100 backstroke preliminaries ranked fourth all-time at Duke, as did his 1:47.43 clocking in the 200 butterfly finals … Also at the conference meet, touched at 48.30 in the 100 butterfly preliminaries to rank sixth on the Blue Devils’ all-time performance list … Led off Duke’s 400 medley relay at ACCs that posted a time of 3:11.71 for a school record … During the regular season, set the facility record in the 100 backstroke at Old Dominion (50.48). 

2013-14: Duke’s top performer in the 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly ... Advanced to two individual finals at the ACC Championship, placing 18th in the 100 backstroke and 22nd in the 100 butterfly ... Helped the 800 freestyle relay set a program record at 6:34.65 during ACCs ... Clocked 48.50 in the 100 butterfly final for the fourth-fastest time in school history ... Member of the 200 medley relay that ranked second all-time on Duke’s top 10 with a 1:27.35 showing at the conference meet ... Swept the butterfly events against William & Mary ... Placed second in the 100 butterfly at the season-opening All-North Carolina Invitational ... Guided the Blue Devils’ medley relays to first-place finishes against South Carolina and Virginia.

Prior to Duke: 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier … Invited to USA Swimming National Select Camp as a senior … Selected athlete representative for the state of Connecticut … Member of the SoNoCo Swim Club team … Four-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and Connecticut Scholar Athlete … Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born Kazumu Brandon Takabayashi on July 17, 1995 in Nagoya, Japan … Son of Takuto and Toyomi Takabayashi … Has one sister, Miku ... Majoring in computer science.

Takabayashi Career Bests:

100 Back 48.63 4th all-time at Duke
100 Fly 48.30 6th all-time at Duke
200 Fly 1:47.43 4th all-time at Duke

On Duke's Relays:

200 Medley Relay 1:25.03 Duke record
400 Medley Relay 3:11.71 Duke record
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