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Swimming & Diving Hosts South Carolina Saturday
Thursday 01/11/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke swimming and diving teams are set to host South Carolina Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion. The dual meet marks the home finale for the Blue Devils, as well as Senior Day, with the program's 15 seniors to be recognized at 10:30 a.m.

Live Video and Live Results for Saturday's Meet
Blue Devil Network will stream Saturday's swimming and diving events live for Inside Access subscribers on GoDuke.com via the following link: http://bit.ly/XWI3UD. Live results will also be available here: http://bit.ly/XWIgqO. Fans can also follow the Blue Devils on Twitter (@Duke_SWIM_DIVE) for live updates.

Senior Day Recognition
The Duke swimming and diving program's 15 seniors will be honored at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to the start of the meet. The Blue Devils who will be honored include Emily Barber, Jacob Bieze, Matt Carder, Chris Cirillo, Adam Flur, Ben Hwang, Abby Johnston, Jordan Long, Ted Minturn, Evan Schwartz, Ty Stahl, Francesca Tocci, Cara Vogel, Mariah White and Jim Zuponeck.

Last Time Out
The Blue Devil divers kicked off 2013 at the Tennessee Diving Invitational Jan. 3-5 in Knoxville, Tenn. Junior Nick McCrory paced the men with a second-place finish on the 1-meter springboard and a third-place showing at the 3-meter height. Senior Jordan Long also advanced to the finals of the men's 3-meter competition, placing ninth overall. Both McCrory and Long posted NCAA Zone Diving Championship qualifying marks on the 3-meter board, with McCrory also doing so at the 1-meter height. In addition, freshman Jaimee Gundry placed 16th out of 30 divers in the women's platform competition.

Following the weekend competition, McCrory was tabbed the Atlantic Coast Conference's Male Diver of the Week for his performance in Knoxville.

The Duke swimmers wrapped up the first half of the season in November at the Tennessee Invitational where they recorded a number of personal and season-best swims and turned in strong relay performances. Junior Christine Wixted earned NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM while winning the 100 breaststroke final. Junior Hunter Knight took first in the men's 200 IM and classmate Lauren Weaver notched an NCAA 'B' cut in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle.

Duke in the National and Conference Landscape
With an overall record of 2-3 and a 1-3 mark in the ACC, the Duke women are currently fifth in the conference standings with three dual meets remaining in the regular season. Meanwhile the Blue Devil men are 1-3 overall and 0-3 against conference competition to come in at eighth in the ACC standings.

Members of the men's and women's teams have turned in some of the nation's top times of the season, according to CollegeSwimming.com. Senior Ben Hwang's time of 20.03 in the 50 freestyle is the 30th-best time in the country and the fourth-best in the ACC while Knight is ranked 49th nationally in the 100 breast with a 54.86 clocking, which is also good for the second-best time in the conference. Knight also owns the ACC's second-best time of the season in the 200 breaststroke at 1:59.80.

The women's 200 freestyle relay of Weaver, Wixted and freshmen Kathryn Eckhart and Chelsea Ye recorded a time of 1:33.32 at the Tennessee Invitational for the 49th-best clocking in the nation. Wixted is also ranked nationally in the 100 breaststroke (28th, 1:01.02) and the 200 IM (39th, 1:59.55), and leads the ACC in the 100 breaststroke. In addition, Weaver is ranked fifth in the conference in the 50 freestyle (22.83).

On the boards, Long has earned the ACC's fourth-best score of the season at the 3-meter height while McCrory comes in at eighth.

Scouting the Competition
The South Carolina men are 2-3 on the year and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference with wins against Texas A&M and the College of Charleston. The Gamecock women have posted an overall ledger of 1-4 to go with an 0-2 mark in the SEC after defeating the College of Charleston in their last outing. Both the men's and women's teams placed eighth at the 2012 SEC Championships.

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