Swimming & Diving
Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
Associate Head Coach
Dawn Kane begins her 11th season on the Duke swimming and diving staff after being elevated to the position of associate head coach in August, 2014. She has played an integral role in the development of the program since arriving in Durham with head coach Dan Colella in 2005-06.
The 2014-15 season saw Duke's 200 medley relay of Kaz Takabayashi, Peter Kropp, David Armstrong and James Peek garner the men's program's first 'A' cut in a relay event since the new qualification standards were implemented. The group earned a podium finish in second at the ACC Championship before reaching the consolation final at the NCAA Championship. Kropp also punched his ticket to the national meet as an individual, surpassing the automatic standard in the 100 breaststroke during the fall. His 52.02 swim at the Nike Cup Invitational broke the previous ACC record in the event.
The Blue Devil women were represented at NCAAs by a pair of freshmen in Leah Goldman and Isabella Paez. Goldman turned in a third-place showing in the 100 butterfly at the ACC meet, becoming just the second female swimmer to garner all-conference accolades as a rookie during Colella's tenure at Duke.
The Duke women took a school-record six swimmers to the 2014 NCAA Championship, qualifying a relay to the national meet for the first time.On the men’s side Nick McCrory became the first athlete in NCAA Championship history to win four national championships in men’s platform diving. McCrory also swept the three diving events once again at the 2014 ACC Championship.
In a historic showing for the program during the summer of 2012, McCrory and fellow Blue Devil diver Abby Johnston represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Johnston and Kelci Bryant garnered the United States’ first Olympic medal in a synchronized diving event, taking silver in the women’s synchronized 3-meter competition. One day later, McCrory and David Boudia brought home the second medal for the U.S., a bronze in the men’s synchronized platform event.
Nine current and former Blue Devil swimmers competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., including 2011 graduate and All-American distance swimmer Ashley Twichell, who also won 5K and 10K open water national championships earlier that spring and earned a gold and bronze medal at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Kane has directed the Duke men and women to numerous program firsts, including five NCAA individual titles, a conference crown in a relay event (200 freestyle relay - 2011) and two ACC records (Peter Kropp, 100 breaststroke - 2014; 200 medley relay - 2012). The school record books and all-time top-10 lists have been completely re-written under her watch, and both the men’s and women’s teams have broken into the top 20 nationally at the NCAA Championships. In addition, Kane was nominated for CollegeSwimming.com’s Honorable Mention Assistant Coach of the Year Award at the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign.
A 2002 graduate of Brown University and an eight-year member of the Jamaican National Swimming Squad, Kane brought extensive international and collegiate swimming experience to the Duke program. She is a two-time participant in the Olympic Games, having represented Jamaica in 2000 and 2004, and has earned medals in the Carifta Games, Caribbean Island Swimming Championships, Centro Americano y del Caribe Nataciones and Caribbean and Central American Games. Kane also represented Jamaica at the Pan American Games in 1999 (Winnipeg) and 2003 (Santo Domingo), as well as the Commonwealth Games in 2002 (Manchester) and added even more international experience to her resume when she coached the Jamaican National team at the 2007 World Championship meet in Melbourne, Australia.
Kane graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Brown, where she was team captain of the swim team her senior year and is still in the record books as a member of the 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams that set school records in 2001. She was the Ivy League Champion in the 200 freestyle in 2001 and the 100 freestyle in 2002, and participated in the 2002 NCAA Championships.
Kane went on to earn a masters degree in Human Performance at the University of Florida in 2005. While in Gainesville, she worked as a swim instructor for Swim America of Gainesville and the Gator Swim Club.
Kane and her husband, Lee, welcomed the couple’s first child, Hayley, in November, 2012.