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

Honors: Honorable Mention All-America (200 Medley Relay - 2016) ... All-ACC Academic (2015, 2016) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014, 2015, 2016)

2015-16: NCAA qualifier for the second straight season, earning honorable mention All-America honors as a member of Duke’s 200 medley relay ... The group became the first relay in program history to garner All-America honors with a sixth-place showing in the NCAA consolation final and a 14th-place finish overall ... Relay took fourth at the ACC Championships while breaking its own school record with a 1:25.00 clocking ... That mark surpassed the NCAA automatic standard in the event ... Also placed eighth in the 100 backstroke and 20th in the 100 and 200 butterfly and led off 400 medley relay at ACCs ... Broke Duke’s 100 backstroke record with a mark of 47.23 in the championship final ... Time of 48.11 in the 100 butterfly finals ranked fifth on the program’s all-time performance list ... Claimed the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly at South Carolina (1/8) ... Guided 200 and 400 medley relays to first-place finishes at Nike Cup Invitational ... Took third in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 butterfly at the same meet ... Won the 200 butterfly against Old Dominion and William & Mary (11/7) and the 100 backstroke against Florida State and Queens (10/23) ... First to the wall in both events in the season opener against Pitt (10/3) ... Helped the 200 medley relay take first-place finishes against Pitt, Florida State and Queens, Old Dominion and William & Mary and South Carolina ... 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 butterfly.

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 47.23 Duke record
100 Fly 48.04 5th all-time at Duke
200 Fly 1:47.43 4th all-time at Duke


On Duke's Relays:

200 Medley Relay 1:25.00 Duke record
400 Medley Relay 3:09.20 Duke record
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