DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke swimming and diving teams resume competition this weekend, traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., to take part in the Tennessee Invitational at the Volunteers’ Allan Jones Aquatic Center. The Blue Devils’ first invitational meet of the season features a championship-style format, with three days of preliminaries and finals beginning Thursday.
Preliminaries are set to begin at 10 a.m., each morning, followed by diving preliminaries at 1 p.m., and finals heats at 6 p.m. Finals sessions will include three heats per event (bonus, consolation and championship), with top 16 finishers scoring.
Strong Field Headed to Knoxville
Seven schools will be represented at the Tennessee Invitational, with five programs also taking part in diving events. The field includes two squads listed in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I poll, including No. 7 Tennessee and No. 21 North Carolina on the women’s side and No. 15 Tennessee and No. 22 North Carolina on the men’s side.
The Blue Devil women and the Denver men received votes in the most recent edition of the poll, while the men and women from Division II Carson-Newman are both ranked inside the top 25.
Schedule of Events
Thursday: 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Freestyle, Women’s One-Meter Diving, Men’s Three-Meter Diving, 400 Medley Relay
Friday: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, Men’s One-Meter Diving, Women’s Three-Meter Diving, 800 Freestyle Relay
Saturday: 1,650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, Men’s and Women’s Platform Diving, 400 Freestyle Relay
Last Time Out
The Blue Devils posted a pair of school records and received strong contributions from the diving boards in ACC dual meet action Nov. 3 at Virginia. The Blue Devil men (0-5, 0-4 ACC) battled with the 25th-ranked Cavaliers throughout the day before falling by a 169-131 margin, while the women (2-3, 1-3 ACC) suffered a 182-115 setback in a top-25 competition at Virginia’s Aquatic and Fitness Center.
For the meet, Duke collected first-place finishes in 12 individual events and in one relay.
A Look at Duke
Junior Max St. George’s NCAA provisional cut of 47.76 in the men’s 100 backstroke at Virginia ranks him 14th in the ACC and 37th in the country heading into this weekend’s action. St. George also owns the 16th-fastest mark to date in the conference in the 200 backstroke at 1:46.65. Senior Verity Abel turned in a time of 9:59.84 in the 1,000 freestyle against the Cavaliers to rank 10th in the ACC, while sophomore Brittany Kampfer is 15th in the same event (10:09.02). Sophomore Alyssa Marsh is among the top 10 swimmers in the league in the 100 butterfly so far this season with a 53.78 clocking at Virginia, and senior Isabella Paez currently ranks 11th in the ACC in the 200 butterfly (1:59.38).
In diving, senior MaryEllen Targonski (284.40) and junior Lizzie Fitzpatrick (297.95) pace the Duke women on the one and three-meter springboards, respectively, while junior Evan Moretti owns the top springboard scores among the Blue Devil men with an award of 360.75 on the one-meter board and 390.65 at the three-meter height.
The Blue Devils finish up the fall portion of the 2017-18 campaign this weekend in Knoxville, and will next compete at Queens University of Charlotte Jan. 12, 2018.