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Ben Tuben and Piotr Safronczyk
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Ben Tuben and Piotr Safronczyk
Tuben Earns First Team All-America Honors in 100 Fly
Monday 03/23/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Two Blue Devils captured All-America accolades in a banner day of swimming for the Duke program Friday at the 2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Senior Ben Tuben wrapped up his collegiate career by earning first team All-America distinction in the 100 butterfly, while graduate student Piotr Safronczyk collected honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke.

Tuben earned a spot in the championship final of the 100 butterfly after taking eighth overall in the event preliminaries. His 46.35 clocking in the prelims crushed his own school record of 46.69 and moved him up five spots from his 13th-place seeding.

In the championship final, Tuben closed out his career at Duke in exciting fashion, touching in 46.84 to place eighth in the nation and score 11 points for the Blue Devils. He garnered first team All-America honors with his top-eight finish, becoming the sixth Blue Devil in program history to earn All-America distinction.

After recording a time of 53.11 in a 12th-place showing in the 100 breaststroke during the morning preliminaries, Safronczyk returned to the pool Friday evening to compete in the consolation final. The evening session saw Safronczyk post a time of 53.71 to take 15th in the nation for honorable mention All-America honors.

Tuben and Safronczyk's performances garrnered 13 points to put Duke in 26th place overall through two days of action in Federal Way,Wash.

Safronczyk is slated to compete on the final day of the NCAA Championships Saturday in the 200 breaststroke. The program record holder in the event (1:57.03), Safronczyk earned All-ACC honors in the 200 breaststroke in a second-place finish at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. Saturday's preliminaries will get underway at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST), followed by the finals at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. PST). Both sessions will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com.


2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships - Team Standings Through Day Two
Place-School-Points

1. California 379.5
2. Texas 343.5
3. Arizona 283
4. Stanford 277
5. Michigan 199
6. Auburn 178.5
7. Florida 126
8. Southern Cal 119
9. Louisville 110
10. Indiana 102
11. Ohio State 92
12. Texas A&M 69
13. Georgia 62.5
14. Penn State 56
15. Virginia  50
16. North Carolina 48.5
17. Arizona State 36
18. Missouri 29
19. Virginia Tech 26
20. Florida State 25
21. Tennessee 22
22. Princeton 21
23. Kentucky 19
24. Wisconsin 18
25. Notre Dame  15
26. Duke 13
27. Clemson 12.5
28. Minnesota 12
29. Iowa 8
29. Harvard 8
31. BYU 7
32. Michigan State 6
32. Old Dominion 6
34. Alabama 5
35. Penn 3
36. Purdue 2

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