DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women’s swimming and diving squad defeated Maryland, 155-139, while the Blue Devil men dropped a close decision to the Terrapins, 149-145, on Saturday afternoon at the Eppley Recreation Center in College Park, Md.
Freshman Ashley Twichell took first place in three events on the day, touching first in the 1000 free, 200 free and 500 free events. Her NCAA “B” standard time of 1:49.68 for the 200 free set a new school record, her fourth school record set in three meets, including besting her own school record in the 1000 free one meet after shattering the previous three-year-old mark.
Twichell also anchored the second-place 400 freestyle relay squad, as the all-freshman foursome of Emily Lang, Kirstie Jeffrey, Katie Magee and she touched in 3:30.78.
Freshman Jessica Perry (100 breast), sophomore Meredith Bannon (200 breast) and sophomore Shannon Beall (100 fly) were all event winners on the day, while sophomore Julie Brummond was a double-winner, taking top honors on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Perry also recorded a second-place finish in the 200 breast, while Bannon took runner-up honors in the 100 breast.
“This is a tremendous start to the season,” said head coach Dan Colella. “The team continues to take it to the next level each weekend. It’s early but we’re off to a great start and hopefully we can keep it up through the next few weekends.”
Duke improves to a perfect 5-0 (2-0 ACC) on the season, while Maryland falls to 1-1 (0-1 ACC).
On the men’s side, the outcome came down to the final event, the 400 free relay, as a Terrapin foursome finished before Duke’s team of sophomores Sean Smith and David Carlson and freshmen Spencer Booth and Andy Osterland to take the win.
Recording victories for the Blue Devils were Osterland (200 free), sophomore Eric Ness (200 fly), sophomore Eric Winnard (1-meter diving), Booth (200 back) and junior Nick Campisano (3-meter diving). Sophomore Andrew Clark (1000 free, 500 free) notched two wins on the day for Duke.
“We’re proud of everyone,” said Colella. “We fought to a really close finish and had some outstanding swims, and some come-from-behind swims. It came down to the last relay, and they came away with it, but we’ll see them again at the end of the year.”
The Terrapin men improve to 2-0 (1-0 ACC), while the Blue Devils fall to 1-2 (0-2 ACC).
Duke will welcome rival North Carolina to Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion for an 11 a.m. contest on Nov. 10 then head to Atlanta, Ga., for the Georgia Tech Invitational on Nov. 16-18.
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