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Lauren Weaver and Ben Hwang
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Lauren Weaver and Ben Hwang
Duke Hosts NC State, Miami for Alumni Weekend
Monday 11/02/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Following last weekend's home opener in Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion, the Duke men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host NC State and the Miami women Saturday, Nov. 3 in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. All Duke swimming and diving alumni are invited to attend Saturday's meet, which is slated to begin at 11 a.m.

Fans planning on attending Saturday's meet should be advised that a parking alert will be in effect due to the Duke-Clemson football game scheduled for that evening. More information about parking is available at http://bit.ly/YecRh8.

Live Results for Saturday's Meet
Live results of Saturday's swimming and diving events will be available here: http://www.sportstiming.com/Clubs/NCAA-Duke/. Fans can also follow the Blue Devils on Twitter (@Duke_SWIM_DIVE) for updates.

Last Time Out
Both the men's and women's teams began the dual meet portion of their regular seasons with 1-2 ledgers, posting wins over UNC Wilmington and falling to ACC opponents Florida State and Virginia Tech in the home opener at Taishoff.

Duke had a strong showing in the men's and women's breaststroke events, as junior Christine Wixted remained undefeated on the season at the 100 and 200-yard distance. The Greenwood Village, Colo., native also claimed a first-place finish in the 200 IM. On the men's side, junior Hunter Knight won the 100 breaststroke for the second time in as many meets and also touched first at the 200-yard distance, followed by senior Jim Zuponeck, who took second behind Knight in both events.

In a showdown of the nation's top 50 freestylers, senior Ben Hwang edged Florida State's Mark Weber and the field with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 20.13. Hwang also took third in the 100 freestyle, while junior Lauren Weaver finished second in the 50 freestyle to pace the Blue Devil women.

Freshman divers Kendall McClenney and Deon Reid both saw the first action of their collegiate careers, with McClenney collecting fifth-place finishes on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Reid came in eighth in the men's 1-meter competition and 10th at the 3-meter height, and senior Jordan Long earned an NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying mark of 383.45 in a second-place performance on the 3-meter board.

In the women's 200 medley relay, the team of sophomore Megan McCarroll, Wixted, freshman Chelsea Ye and Weaver teamed up for a first-place finish, clocking 1:43.19.

Duke in the National and Conference Landscape
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America released its first Division I men's team rankings of the season last week, with the Blue Devil men receiving votes in the poll.

Members of the men's and women's teams have also turned in some of the nation's top times so far this season, according to CollegeSwimming.com. Hwang's time of 20.03 in the 50 freestyle is currently tied for the best time in the nation so far this season with Weber of Florida State. In addition, Hwang is also ranked 22nd in the country with a 45.09 clocking over the 100-yard distance.

Hunter Knight posted a time of 56.27 in the 100 breaststroke in last weekend's home opener for the 29th-best time in the nation, while senior Alex Harmon ranks 44th in the 1,650 freestyle at 16:32.28.

The men's 200 freestyle relay of freshman Romain Decrop, senior Adam Flur, freshman Sam Skinner and Hwang is ranked seventh in the country heading into the weekend with a 1:21.96 clocking at the All-North Carolina Invitational. Meanwhile, senior Ted Minturn, Zuponeck, Skinner and Hwang combined for a time of 3:23.86 in the 400 medley relay for the nation's 13th-best performance so far. In addition, both the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays are among the top three in the conference following last week's action.

On the women's side, Weaver is currently ranked 21st nationally in the 50 freestyle (23.23) and Wixted 31st in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.82). Wixted also owns the top 100 breaststroke time in the ACC and the second-best at the 200-yard distance (2:16.73). The Blue Devils' 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays are also ranked in the top 50 nationally heading into the weekend.

Scouting the Competition
The NC State men are ranked 14th in the nation according the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll and are 0-1 with a loss to Southern California entering their Friday night meet against East Carolina. Sprints specialist Jonathan Boffa owns the ACC's top mark in the 200 freestyle at 1:38.36, while teammate Barrett Miesfield is the only swimmer in the conference to have posted an NCAA 'B' cut in the men's 100 butterfly (47.85). Christian McCurdy leads the league in the 400 IM at 4:01.45, and the Wolfpack has also recorded the top time so far in the 200 medley (1:29.71) and 400 medley (3:21.01) relays.  

The Wolfpack women are also 0-1 on the year with a loss against LSU entering a Friday night meet against East Carolina and Campbell. The squad posted the conference's second-best time of the season so far in the 200 medley relay at 1:42.81.

At the 2012 ACC Championships, the NC State men finished fifth and the women seventh. The Wolfpack lead the overall series with Duke, 16-94, after defeating the Blue Devils in their regular season meeting last year.

The Miami women have compiled a record of 1-2 this season and 0-1 in the ACC heading into Saturday's meet in Durham. The Hurricanes posted a win over Houston, but fell to Florida Gulf Coast and ACC opponent Florida State earlier this year. Last season's ACC Championships saw Miami earn a sixth-place finish.

Duke and Miami last met in the 2009-10 regular season, with the Blue Devils claiming a 184-104 victory. The Duke women lead the all-time series with the Hurricanes at 3-0.

Colella's Take
Head coach Dan Colella on what he's looking forward to about Saturday's meet: "[NC State head coach] Braden Holloway has done a great job in a short amount of time with the Wolfpack and we will be challenged from start to finish.  Our biggest obstacle is combating their depth.  Miami and the Duke women match up very closely and it should be a meet where the lead could potentially change back and forth throughout and may come down to the very last event to determine the winner.  We are coming off a good weekend of competition and have talked and worked a lot on small details which will hopefully enhance our performances this coming weekend against these two ACC opponents."

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