AUSTIN, Texas - The Women's 2011 NCAA Championships began on Friday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas, with Duke's own Abby Johnston claiming three-time All-America honors after her performance on the one-meter springboard.
Johnston opened preliminary competition sitting in a solid fifth place position after securing 304.05 points. The junior was the first Duke diver to advance to the NCAA Championships, and has done so in all three years of her collegiate career. In the final round on Thursday night, Johnston secured her fifth place finish with a final score of 324.30, and podiumed for the second-consecutive year in one-meter competition. The junior standout also collected All-America honors for the third time as well.
"It was a great showing," said diving coach Drew Johansen. "She had a very good day and claimed fifth overall, which is similar to her showing last year. She was consistant the whole day and was in the hunt for the top spot going into finals. One dive kept her from grabbing it, but I couldnt be more proud. She continues to produce as one of the top divers in the country."
Senior All-America Ashley Twichell opened NCAA competition for the Blue Devils with the tougher of her two events, the 500 free. Twichell progressed through preliminaries sitting in 51st place after a 4:47.44 showing, however the time was not quick enough to take the senior to the finals.
After a solid showing in the first day of competition, Duke University currently stands in 21st (out of 32 teams represented) place with 14 points.
Johnston will be the only Duke athlete competing in Friday's comeptition as she takes to the three-meter springboard, which has proved to be the stronger of her two events.
Championship information and meet results can be found at the following site: