MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Duke diver Nick McCrory opened competition, along with fellow teammate Nick Garvy, Thursday capturing fourth on the one-meter springboard, an exact repeat of his 2010 opening day NCAA performance.
After the preliminary round of competition, McCrory sat in a comfortable third place with a score of 386.15. Much like his last year's performance, the Chapel Hill, N.C. native competed hard on the boards, but saved his best dives for the finals. In the end, the sophomore was unable to power through front-runner, and 2010 National Champion, David Boudia's run for the title. McCrory finished fourth with a score of 411.50, ironically .10 points close to his 411.60 score in last year's competition. He also collected the Blue Devils' first 15 points to put Duke in 20th place going into into day two.
"I thought he did a really good job," said diving coach Drew Johansen. "He didn't miss any dives; he just didn't get any big hits. I think Nick had a good performance. The Higher he goes, the better he gets. He's able to separates himself from the field. We're looking forward to getting on higher boards."
Garvy opened competition as well on Thursday, taking to the pool to compete in the 50 free. The senior captain was able to push to a 21st place finish with a final time of 19.67, setting a new school record for the Duke Blue Devils by one-tenth of a second.
Competition continues Friday as both McCrory and Garvy will be competing. McCrory will take to the three-meter springboard, while Garvy will compete in his last event, the 100 fly.Championship information and meet results can be found at the following site:
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