DURHAM, N.C. - Duke senior Nick Garvy and sophomore Nick McCrory will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. on Thursday to compete in the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
McCrory closed out the Blue Devils season at the NCAAs last year, accumulating a National Title, 52 points, and a 18th place finish for the Duke program all on his own.
This will be the first NCAA appearance for senior captain Garvy. A fierce competitor, and Duke record holder in six events, Garvy became the first swimmer in Duke history to break under 20 seconds in the 50 free. This season, the Naperville, Ill. native collected a first has he podiumed in the 100 fly at the ACC Championships, and lead his relay team to a first place finish in the 200 free relay, a first for the Duke program as well. Garvy will be competing in the 50 free on Thursday, where he currently sits in 21st with an entry time of 19.68. He will also take to the lanes on Friday in his strongest event, the 100 fly. Garvy enters with a 46.94 time, putting him in 27th place. Preliminary rounds for both days begin at noon, while finals start at 7 p.m.
On the diving side, the Duke program has seen unparalleled success in All-America McCrory. As a freshman, the Chapel Hill, N.C. native went unbeaten on the season, picked up the ACCs Most Valuable Diver Award, and dominated the NCAA Championships like no other Duke athlete has ever done. In the first day's event, McCrory picked up a fourth place finish on the three-meter, then turned around to grab second on the one-meter in Friday's competition. But his true, and unforeseen success, came in Saturday's closing competition when McCrory knocked out the platform front-runner (and synchronized diving partner) David Boudia of Perdue, to claim Duke's first swimming and diving National Title. This season has been no different. McCrory mastered through another unbeaten regular season, and was once again named ACC Most Valuable Diver. Taking on another triple feat, McCrory will compete in the one-meter event one Thursday, three-meter on Friday, and will close out the competition on Saturday with the platform. Preliminary rounds begin at 2 p.m., and finals are at 7 p.m. as well.
Championship information and meet results can be found at the following site:
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