"I was just glad to be there and representing Duke again," said McCrory after his performance snagged him the top spot. "It was just a great night and really exciting."
This is the second title the sophomore standout has won, collecting it exactly one year ago at the 2010 National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. McCrory was the first student-athlete to collect an individual title for the Duke Swimming and Diving program.
"It was really a remarkable performance from him," said diving coach Drew Johansen. "Physically, he really had to fill in holes from the season and the last day of competition was really a difficult one for him to stand up and perform."
McCrory opened Saturday's competition with, yet again, an outstanding performance. He was point-for-point holding ground with front-runner David Boudia of Purdue University. Over the weekend, Boudia had collected both the one- and three-meter National Titles, and was looking to secure the third in the platform event.
After an extremely well-executed preliminary round, McCrory held second place to Boudia with a score of 439.05. But it was McCrory's determination and perseverance that grabbed the top spot for the Blue Devil once again, not to mention two dives that collected him over 100 points apiece and shocked the crowd.
"To score over 100 points on a dive is rare in our sport," said Johansen. "And he did it on his first dive and then again on his last dive."
"Going into the finals I was seeded in second, which means that I dive second to last [in order of divers], and I really like being in that position which means I get to do my best and put pressure on whoever is going last and that's just a position I like to be in," said McCrory. "I just feel confident when I am there. I started off with a hard dive with a high degree of difficulty. I like doing it first because it gets me pumped up to keep pushing. It really paid off in in the finals."
The Chapel Hill, N.C., native collected 548.90 points in the final, grabbing not only first, but setting a new championship record and the Duke record as well. McCrory previously set the record last season in the NCAAs with a score of 530.45.
"It was really a special thing to witness, and to do it in the manner that he did, breaking the NCAA record again, and leading the event from the very first dive, it was absolutely spectacular," said Johansen.
For McCrory, the NCAAs capped off another phenomenal year for the sophomore who saw an undefeated regular season, three record-breaking performances, two ACC titles, a second ACC Diver of the Year award and a second National Title.
With McCrory's final 20 points accumulated on Saturday, Duke finished with a total of 50 points, grabbing 20th place overall in the 2011 competition.
Saturday's competition concludes the 2010-11 season for Duke swimming and diving. Follow GoDuke.com for information on the Duke divers competing in the off-season.