GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Duke diving team opened its season on Friday at the ECU Diving Invitational, held at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., as sophomore Nick Campisano and freshman Eric Winnard combined for a first-place finish on the 3-meter board.
The ECU Diving Invitational, unique in form in that divers competed as pairs instead of on their own as in a regular dual meet, featured several North Carolina schools. Campisano and Winnard teamed up for Duke, posting a score of 330.90 - good for first place in the men’s event.
“It was a big win for those two,” said Duke head diving coach, Andy Scott. “It was a confidence builder for both of them, Eric being a freshman and Nick just coming off of an injury.”
On the women’s side of the competition, freshman Julie Brummond and sophomore Lauren Gonzalez teamed up to post the highest all-female pair score on the 3-meter board.
A diving “shoot-out” followed the diving competition at ECU, as all divers began competing in the first round and some were knocked out throughout five rounds. Brummond and Winnard made it to the final round of divers.
“I was really proud of them,” said Scott. “The freshmen had to go first in the last round and they both came out with huge dives and laid it all on the line. They didn’t come through with the wins, but they went really big and gave it everything they had.”
Duke’s intrasquad Blue-White Meet is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Taishoff Aquatic Center, where the rest of the team will unofficially kick off its season. The Blue Devils’ first dual meet will be held on Oct. 21, when the Blue Devil men meet UNC-Wilmington and the women meet UNC-Wilmington and Richmond in Wilmington, N.C., at 11 a.m.
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