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Swimming & Diving Welcomes Class of 2016
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/01/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke swimming & diving program has added a talented class of 16 student-athletes for the 2012-13 season, which gets underway this weekend at the North Carolina College Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. The group includes student-athletes hailing from eight states, as well as Belgium, Great Britain and Singapore.

"Every year one of the most exciting things for our program is the caliber of athlete that comes continuously gets better and better," said head coach Dan Colella. "We have a very versatile group - a wide range of athletes that I think are going to be immediate impacts. We're looking forward to what they bring to the program as athletes, as students and just in terms of bringing a new dynamic to the program. We're excited that they're a part of the Duke family."

Here is a closer look at each of the newcomers to the Blue Devil program:    

Delaney Brock
Free/Back - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Pine Crest)
Four-year letterwinner for Jay Fitzgerald at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... state finalist in the 100 free and 100 back as a senior ... guided his squad's 200 free and 400 free relays to runner-up finishes at the state meet his final year ... helped Pine Crest claim regional and district championships all four years ... garnered All-America honors as a junior and senior ... also selected to the Miami Herald's first team all-county his junior and senior seasons ... earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-America distinction as a junior and senior.

Kevin Butz
Mid-Free/Distance - Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North)
A three-time All-America and all-state honoree ... one of the top distance freestylers in Illinois ... four-time state qualifier, making the cut in the 200 and 500 free as well as in the 200 and 400 free relays as a senior ... placed 10th in the state in both the 200 and 500 free while helping his squad's 400 free relay take third and the 200 free relay finish fourth ... garnered high school All-America and all-state honors for his relay performances ... finished fourth in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 free at the state meet as a junior while also taking fifth in the 500 free his sophomore season.  

Victor Chen
Breaststroke - Los Altos, Calif. (St. Francis)
A four-year letterwinner out of St. Francis in Mountain View, Calif. ... guided two St. Francis relays to a pair of top-five finishes at the Central Coast Section Championships as a senior ... helped his team's medley relay take sixth at the CCS Championships his junior and sophomore seasons.

Romain Decrop
Sprint Free/Fly - Brussels, Belgium (Emmaus [Pa.])
Lettered four years for Tim O'Connor at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pa. ... earned high school All-America distinction all four years, including in five events as a senior ... took fifth in the 100 breast at the district championship as a junior ... tabbed his district's Outstanding Swimmer of the Season as a sophomore, junior and senior ... also named his district's Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet on multiple occasions.

Kenny Ng
Butterfly - Singapore
Lettered four years at Raffles Institution in Singapore ... three-time gold medalist in the 100 butterfly at the Singapore National Interschool Swimming Championships ... also won two gold medals in the 200 butterfly at the same championship meet ... represented Singapore at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia and at the 2008 FINA World Junior Championships in Monterrey, Mexico ... broke the Singapore under-17 national record in the 100m butterfly and the open national record in the 200m butterfly in 2008.

Ryan Prince
Back/IM - Johns Creek, Ga. (Northview)
Four-year letterwinner for Colin Maloney at Northview High School ... two-time all-state team member ... tabbed an Academic All-American as a senior ... helped Northview's 200 medley relay take fourth in the state his senior year while also qualifying for the state meet in the 500 free and the 200 IM ... guided his team's 400 free relay to a third-place finish in the state as a junior ... state finalist all four years ... an NCSA Junior Nationals qualifier as a member of the Dynamo Swim Club.

Deon Reid
Diving - Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Polytechnic)
Lettered four years at Long Beach Polytechnic  High School ... three-time state and division diving champion ... California Interscholastic Federation Masters Championship record holder ... also captured league championships all four seasons ... won a pair of AAU Junior National Diving Championships in 2006 and 2008 ... member of the U.S. Junior National Diving Team from 2006-11 ... spent the 2011 season as a member of the Rose Bowl Junior Olympic Dive team, taking second on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards at the 2012 U.S. Junior Winter regional meet ...  selected the Athlete of the Year by the Long Beach Press Telegram each of his four years ... also honored by the Long Beach Yacht Club and the Long Beach Rotary Club ... named the Century Club Long Beach Boys Diving Player of the Year all four years.

Sam Skinner
Mid-Free/Fly - Winnetka, Ill. (New Trier)
Four-year letterwinner at New Trier High School ... seven-time All-American ... guided New Trier to state titles as a junior and senior ... swam the lead-off leg of the state champion 200 and 400 freestyle relays his senior season ... the 400 freestyle relay also set a national record with a time of 2:59.76, becoming the first high school relay team to break the three-minute barrier ... the members of the 400 free relay were named the Chicago Tribune/WGN-Ch. 9 Preps Plus Athletes of the Month in Feb. 2012 ... placed fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 fly at the state meet to earn all-state recognition in four events ... garnered all-state and all-sectional honors in seven events as a junior and senior ... also received all-conference recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior ... member of the New Trier Swim Club which captured the NCSA Junior National Boys Team Championship in 2012. 

Linsay Cooper
Fly/Free - Huntersville, N.C. (North Mecklenburg)
Completed her prep career at North Mecklenburg High School ... earned all-state recognition as a junior and sophomore ... guided the 400 free relay to a fourth-place finish at the state meet her junior season ... also took second in the 100 fly at the state championships ... finished third in the state in the 100 fly as a sophomore while helping the 400 free relay place second ... tabbed team MVP as a sophomore and junior ... has competed at Junior Nationals as a member of the SwimMAC Carolina club team.

Kathryn Eckhart
Sprint Free/Back - Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek)
Four-year letterwinner for Jeff Chandler at Cypress Creek High School ... 12-time All-American and state finalist ... totaled six regional titles and 15 district titles during her prep career ... won the 50 free at the state championships her freshman year ... earned her district's Outstanding Achievement Award as a freshman ... member of the Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club team.

Jaimee Gundry
Diving - Lightwater, Surrey, England (TASIS: The American School in England)
Competed with the Southampton Diving Academy club team during her prep career.

Kendall McClenney
Diving - The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands)
A four-time NISCA All-American ... also garnered all-state and all-region honors during prep career ...  qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving in Federal Way, Wash. ... scored 246.00 points to place 21st in the women's 3-meter springboard preliminaries ... teamed with Emma Ivory-Ganja of UCLA in the women's 3-meter synchronized competition, finishing 11th in the prelims to advance to the semifinal round ... with Ivory-Ganja, totaled 472.23 points to place 12th after the semifinals ... member of The Woodlands Diving Academy club team ... guided her club team to the 2010 USA Diving Senior National Championship ... captured the Junior West National Championship in 1-meter diving in 2010 ... took second in the 3-meter synchronized event at the 2010 Speedo Junior National Championships and third at the 2010 AT&T National Championship and the 2011 Junior National Championship ... named to the USA Diving Junior National All-Star team on five occasions ...  member of USA Diving's Junior Elite Performance Squad from 2010-12 ... a nine-time Junior National finalist individually and a three-time Senior National finalist in synchronized platform diving.

Alexa Mendes
Distance Free - Chapel Hill, N.C. (Chapel Hill)
Lettered four years at Chapel Hill High School ... named her conference's swimmer of the year as a senior ... earned all-conference recognition as a junior ... Academic All-American as a senior ... also tabbed team captain and MVP her final season ... was the runner-up at the Trinidad International Open Water Championships as a freshman.

Kiera Molloy
Distance Free/IM - Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield)
Four-year letterwinner for Megan Noble at Wakefield High School ... twice captured the conference championship in the 200 IM ... state finalist in the 200 and 500 free as a junior ... guided Wakefield to a top-three finish at the state meet her sophomore year ... state finalist in the 500 free and 200 IM as a freshman ... earned all-conference recognition in each of her four seasons ... also competed for the YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim Team ... a junior and senior Nationals qualifier ... member of USA Swimming's national top-eight 4x100 medley relay ... North Carolina state record holder in the 800 free relay ... turned in top-five finishes in the 500 free, 1,000 free and the 400 IM at the 2011 YMCA National Championship.   

Meghan Price
Distance Free/IM - Bryn Mawr, Pa. (Agnes Irwin School)
Completed prep career at the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pa. ... also competed on the Upper Main Line YMCA club team ... named to the All-Inter-ac first team as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... three-time All-Delco first team selection ... also garnered All-Main Line first team recognition for three seasons.

Chelsea Ye
Sprint Free/Fly - Oklahoma City, Okla. (Classen School of Advanced Studies)
Completed prep career at the Classen School of Advanced Studies ... earned all-state distinction as a senior ... named district female athlete of the year her final season ... tabbed all-city as a junior ... member of the Chesapeake Swim Club ... a nationals and junior nationals participant.