DURHAM, N.C. – The senior breaststroke tandem of Peter Kropp and Dylan Payne received invitations to the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 22-25 in Indianapolis. Kropp was selected to the NCAA field for the third consecutive season while Payne will make his first NCAA Championships appearance.
Sophomore diver Evan Moretti has also secured a spot at the NCAA Championships in men’s one and three-meter springboard diving, with additional qualifications coming later today pending results of the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
Kropp was selected to represent Duke in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke for the third time in his career after garnering All-ACC honors at the 100-yard distance with a second-place finish at the 2017 ACC Championships. He broke the ACC meet and conference records in preliminaries with a 51.46 clocking, which ranks him fifth in the event on the official NCAA psych sheet.
Kropp was also invited to NCAAs in the 200 breaststroke with a 1:54.54 showing in the ACC Championship preliminaries. That mark lowered his own school record in the event and seeds him 29th heading into nationals.
Kropp earned honorable mention All-America honors last season as a member of Duke’s 200 medley relay, which took 14th at NCAAs.
Payne will join Kropp in Indianapolis after also receiving an invitation in the 100 breaststroke. The senior from Laguna Beach, Calif., had an excellent showing at the ACC Championships in Atlanta, turning in the highest finish of his career in his signature event. He was sixth in the 100 breaststroke championship final following a 52.69 preliminaries swim that moved him up to second on the Blue Devils’ all-time performance list.
Payne then went 52.61 in a 100 breaststroke time trial at ACCs, with that mark placing him 27th in the NCAA field.
The 100 breaststroke is slated for Friday, March 24 at the NCAA Championships, followed by the 200 breaststroke Saturday, March 25.
ESPN3.com will live stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on www.ncaa.com and www.indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 5 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, April 5.