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Quartet of Blue Devils Set for NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/21/2017
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     When: Wednesday-Saturday, March 22-25 l All Day 
     Where: IU Natatorium l Indianapolis, Ind. l Event Homepage l Live Results
     Watch: Wednesday l Thursday l Friday Prelims l Friday Finals l Saturday Prelims l Saturday Finals
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Roster l Coaches l Statistics and Records l Schedule & Results l NCAA Notes l Shanley NCAA Preview




DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s swimming and diving team opens competition at the 2017 NCAA Championships Thursday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The four-day championship meet kicks off Wednesday evening and runs through Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day. Finals sessions Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on ESPN3, while sessions Wednesday evening, Thursday morning and evening and Friday and Saturday morning will be streamed on and Live results will also be available throughout the meet.

The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships will earn first team All-America honors, while places nine through 16 will garner honorable mention All-America accolades.

ACC Championships Recap
The Blue Devil men rewrote the program record book in Atlanta, establishing new benchmarks in seven individual and two relay events. Senior Peter Kropp captured All-ACC recognition with a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke while also punching his ticket to the 2017 NCAA Championships. Duke concluded the four-day conference championship in eighth place with a team score of 607 points.

Blue Devils at the 2017 NCAA Championships
Duke will send two swimmers and two divers to Indianapolis this week, with Kropp heading to NCAAs for the third time in his career. Sophomore diver Evan Moretti will make his second consecutive NCAAs appearance after earning honorable mention All-America accolades on the three-meter springboard last season. Senior swimmer Dylan Payne and freshman diver Nathaniel Hernandez are both first-time qualifiers. 

Kropp enters the meet seeded fifth in the 100 breaststroke (51.46) while Payne is seeded 27th in the same event (52.61). Kropp is also ranked 29th in the 200 breaststroke (1:54.54).

Nathaniel Hernandez – Platform Diving
Peter Kropp – 100 and 200 Breaststroke
Evan Moretti – One-Meter and Three-Meter Diving
Dylan Payne – 100 Breaststroke

Recapping the 2016 Meet
Duke’s 200-yard medley relay of Kaz Takabayashi, Kropp, David Armstrong and James Peek became the first relay in program history to earn All-America honors of any kind with a 14th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Moretti impressed in his first NCAA appearance, advancing to the three-meter springboard consolation final to also claim honorable mention All-America accolades. Behind the performances of Moretti and the relay, the Blue Devils finished 39th in the team standings.

By the Numbers
8 - Consecutive NCAA Championships the Blue Devil men have sent representatives to, including this season
5 - Entry ranking for senior Peter Kropp in the 100 breaststroke
2 - Kropp’s finish in that event at this spring’s ACC Championships
1939 - Date of the Duke men’s last dual meet victory over Tobacco Road rival North Carolina, prior to this season’s 173-126 triumph in Chapel Hill
12 - Seasons head coach Dan Colella has directed the Duke programs
19 - Number of All-America honors Duke men’s swimmers and divers have totaled under Colella’s watch