WILMINGTON, N.C. Ė The Duke men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each picked up their first victory of the season Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Devils swept UNC-Wilmington on the road at the Seahawk Natatorium.
The Duke men defeated the Seahawks 165-135, while the women won by a score of 180-112 in the season-opening dual meet for both programs.
“We are very pleased with the performances today,” said head coach Dan Colella. “We feel we are definitely ahead of where we were at this point last year and we saw a lot of good things. We were impressed with the freshmen today Ė they had a lot of good swims.”
The women set eight pool records on the day, which include the 100 backstroke (57.36) and 200 backstroke (2:04.70) for freshman Meghan Dwyer, the 200 freestyle (1:52.35) for sophomore Ashley Twichell, the 1000 free (10:14.44) for junior Jackie Fasano, the 200 butterfly (2:05.25) for junior Elizabeth Bellew, the one-meter (322.43) and three-meter dives (311.78) for freshman Abby Johnston , and the women’s 400 medley relay (3:50.87).
Johnston’s one-meter score of 322.48 was also a Duke school record.
Three women’s divers posted their NCAA Zone qualifying cuts in the meet, with Johnston meeting the standard in the one and three meters and Julie Brummond and Jessica Lyden also doing so on the three-meter. The men saw Cody Kolodziejzyk set his qualifying mark as well.
“It was a great day for our women’s team,” said diving coach Drew Johansen. “The men competed well too, and we’re sure we’ll see some more qualifying marks later on in the season.”
Duke started the day strong, taking first and second in both the men’s and women’s 400 medley relay. The pool-record setting tandem of Katharine Bodnar, Meredith Bannon, Steffi Niessl, and Shannon Beall took first in 3:50.87, while the team of Alessondra Speidel, Jessica Perry Elizabeth Bellew, and Kirstie Jeffrey touched in second in 4:02.05. The men’s team 400 medley relay team of Spencer Booth, Bryan Durazo, Nick Garvy, and Pieter Den Hartog won the event in 3:28.17, followed by David Hahn, JD Coppel, Eric Ness, and Andy Osterland in 3:30.08.
Overall, the Duke women won a total of 12 events while UNCW picked up four wins. The men won nine events on the afternoon.
Twichell, (1:52.35), Fasano (1:53.68), and Katie Magee (1:55.14) went 1-2-3 in the 200 free.
Dwyer was a double-winner for the Blue Devils as she won the 100 and 200 backstroke. French was a double-winner for the men as he won the 500 and 100 free, and Booth turned in the solid relay lead-off performance which he followed up with a win in the 100 back. Johnston took two first-place finishes on the diving side.
“Overall, I’m just very pleased with the way we performed and executed. There is always room for improvement, but it was a great start and we are looking forward to the coming weeks.”