Swimming & Diving
Duke Swimming & Diving BIO
Honors: ACC Champion (200 Freestyle Relay - 2011) … All-ACC (200 Freestyle Relay - 2011) … ACC Performer of the Week (2012 - Oct. 25, Nov. 1; 2013 - Oct. 9) … All-ACC Academic (2010, 2011, 2013) … ACC Academic Honor Roll (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) … CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2012, 2013)
2012-13: Closed a standout career by scoring for Duke in three events at the ACC Championships … Placed seventh in the 50 freestyle after clocking a personal-best time of 19.77 in the preliminaries … Finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke with a personal-best 55.40 swim … Also took 16th in the 100 freestyle after recording a best time of 44.30 during the preliminaries session … Anchored the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays to a pair of first-place showings against eventual ACC champion Virginia during the regular season … Swept the sprint freestyle events against South Carolina and Virginia … guided the 200 medley relay to a first-place finish against the Gamecocks … Edged the field in the 50 freestyle in a meet with Florida State, UNC Wilmington and Virginia Tech and at the season-opening All-North Carolina Invitational … Helped lead the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay squads to wins at the All-North Carolina Invitational … Earned six NCAA provisional cuts in the 50 freestyle throughout the season.
2011-12: Excelled in the sprint freestyle events and as a member of Duke's relay squads during his junior campaign ... Anchored the Blue Devils' 200 medley relay that set a new ACC and program record with a 1:25.98 clocking at the Ohio State Last Chance Qualifier in March ... Also notched the program's fastest 50 freestyle time of the season in a 19.78 time trial performance at Ohio State ... Anchored the 200 and 400 medley relay teams to a pair of podium finishes at the ACC Championships as the 200 medley relay team took second and the 400 medley relay third ... The 400 medley relay also set a new school record and surpassed the NCAA provisional standard in that event at 3:12.02 ... Also competed on Duke's 200 and 400 freestyle relays at ACCs ... Winner of the 50 freestyle on six occasions during the regular season, including at the Nike Cup Invitational and against reigning ACC champion Virginia ... Took first in the 100 freestyle four times on the season, including in a season-best 44.66 showing in the season opener against Maryland ... Earned eight NCAA provisional standards in the 50 freestyle ... Opened the season with a 19.84 clocking in the 50 freestyle against Maryland, which was the fastest time in the nation for several weeks ... Tabbed the ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Performer of the Week twice during the regular season ... Over the summer, competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., clocking 23.24 in the 50-meter freestyle to finish tied for 60th.
2010-11: Closed a standout season by setting four school relay records at the 2011 ACC Championships ... Anchored the 200 and 400 medley relay and opened the 200 freestyle relay, in which Duke took first, becoming the first relay team in program history to do so ... Also earned All-ACC honors as a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay ... Became only the second Blue Devil to break 20 seconds in the 50 freestyle event, tagging the wall at 19.78 to finish fourth at the conference meet ... Posted a 45.19 split to help the 400 freestyle relay take first against North Carolina ... Winner of the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle against South Carolina ... Took first in the 50 freestyle at the Nike Cup ... Won the 50 freestyle and took second in the 100 freestyle against Maryland ... Set three pool records at Taishoff in the season opener against UNC Wilmington, including in the 50 freestyle (20.37), 200 freestyle relay (1:22.23) and the 200 medley relay (1:32.52) ... During the summer, competed in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle preliminaries at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. ... Also swam in a 50 freestyle time trial, posting a time of 23.23 to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
2009-10: Placed first in his first two collegiate meets in both the 50 and 100 freestyle ... Totaled 14 first-place finishes during the regular season ... Anchored the men's 200 medley relay at the ACC Championships that posted a school record at 1:27.99 ... Notched a personal-best time of 19.71 in that performance ... Member of the 200 freestyle relay team that placed fourth at the ACC meet with a school record breaking time of 1:19.67 ... Finished the ACC Championships with a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay in a school record-breaking time of 2:56.94 ... Season-best performance also came at the ACC Championships - a ninth-place showing in the 50 freestyle ... Over the summer, competed at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Calif., finishing 42nd in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.53.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterwinner at the Shanghai American School ... Named MVP his junior and senior seasons ... Member of the Community Service Club and Habit for Humanity ... Valedictorian of his graduating class.
Personal: Born Benjamin L. Hwang on Dec. 6, 1990 in Los Angeles, Calif. ... Son of Henry Hwang and Helen Tseng ... Has one brother, Anthony ... An international comparative studies major ... Favorite athlete is U.S. Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak.
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