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Ben Tuben
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Ben Tuben
Duke Swimmers Collect More NCAA B Cuts
Wednesday 03/04/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four Blue Devil swimmers made a final push at qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, competing Sunday at the Ohio State Last Chance Qualifier Meet at the Buckeyes' McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Graduate student Piotr Safronczyk, the Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the 100 breaststroke, started off the day by breaking his own program record in the event. Safronczyk recorded a time of 52.99 in the morning preliminaries for the 11th-best time in the nation and another NCAA provisional-qualifying mark.

Duke's 200 medley relay team of sophomore Steven Gasparini, Safronczyk, senior Ben Tuben and junior Ben Hwang followed suit, breaking their own school record twice on Sunday. After garnering a new program record and a second-place finish at the 2012 ACC Championships, the Blue Devil quartet clocked an NCAA 'B' cut and program record-breaking time of 1:26.23 in a time trial. The relay team then returned to the pool to break its own mark for the second time, touching in 1:25.98 in the event finals for another 'B' cut. In addition, the mark of 1:25.98 also broke an ACC conference record in the event.

Tuben notched another record-breaking performance, posting a time of 46.69 in the 100 butterfly time trial to shatter the previous school record and grab an NCAA 'B' cut. Tuben's 46.69 clocking was also good for the 13th-best time in the nation.

Hwang swam the 50 freestyle three times on the day, with his best showing coming in the time trial at 19.78 for his best time of the season in the event and an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark.

The 2012 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships will be held March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.

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