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Duke Breaks Top 20 for First Time in Program History
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/20/2011
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AUSTIN, Texas - Duke's Ashley Twichell and Haley Ishimatsu closed out their season competition on Saturday at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, with two solid performances.

In her last collegiate meet as a Duke Blue Devil, Twichell took to the pool to compete in the 1650 free, an event she went into seeded in fourth. Unlike other events in the championships, there is no preliminary round for the 1650, therefore swimmers only gets one chance at it, and go into the event with only their highest season time to seed them. Between high 28 and mid-29 splits, Twichell grabbed fifth place with a time of 15:56.73. This was the best career finish for the senior All-America, who had finished in 14th and 23rd in the last two years.

For freshman diver Haley Ishimatsu it was her first national collegiate competition. Ishimatsu grabbed ninth in the preliminary round of the platform diving event with a score of 283.85. Taking only the top 16 divers, the Seal Beach, Calif. native closed competition with an impressive performance, grabbing 325.70 points and an 11th overall finish.

Ishimatsu, Johnston and Twichell combined to earn Duke 54 points and a 19th finish in the 2011 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, an incredible move up from their 28th finish last year. It was the first time the program has broken into the top 20 nationally.

Next week Duke swimmer Nick Garvy and diver Nick McCrory will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. To compete in the Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday, March 24 through Saturday, March 26.

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