2012-13: Competed on the Blue Devils’ top relay squads as a freshman ... Helped the 200 medley relay earn an NCAA provisional time at the ACC Championships in 1:27.42 ... Qualified for the finals of the 100 and 200 freestyle at the conference championships, finishing 21st and 18th, respectively ... Guided Duke’s 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams to a pair of first-place showings in a regular season meeting with eventual ACC champion Virginia ... Member of first-place relay performances against South Carolina (200 medley relay) and at the season-opening All-North Carolina Invitational (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay) ... Took third in the 100 butterfly at the All-North Carolina Invitational.
Prior to Duke: 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 freestyle relay were named the Chicago Tribune/WGN-Ch. 9 Preps Plus Athletes of the Month in Feb. 2012 ... Placed fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 100 butterfly 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 ... Received all-conference recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Also competed on the water polo team for two seasons, receiving first team all-state and all-conference honors ... Member of the New Trier Swim Club which captured the NCSA Junior National Boys Team Championship in 2012 ... Named to the honor roll all four years.
Personal: Born Samuel Jacobs Skinner on Apr. 15, 1994 in Evanston, Ill. ... Son of Samuel and Honey Skinner ... Has one brother, William ... Hobbies include fishing and golfing ... Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods.
Duke Career Bests:
50 Free: 21.35 (11/15/2012)
100 Free: 45.13 (3/2/2013)
200 Free: 1:38.25 (3/1/2013)
100 Fly: 51.64 (11/3/2012)