DURHAM, N.C. – Six Blue Devils were selected for All-ACC Academic Swimming and Diving Team honors for the 2017-18 campaign, as announced by the conference office Thursday. Senior Leah Goldman headlined the group with her fourth career All-Academic accolade.
Juniors Judd Howard and Evan Moretti, sophomore Nathaniel Hernandez and freshman Teddy Zeng all represented Duke on the All-ACC Academic Men’s Swimming and Diving Team while Goldman was joined on the women’s squad by junior Mackenzie Willborn.
Goldman, Hernandez and Moretti all concluded their seasons at the NCAA Championships, with each taking home honorable mention All-America honors. Goldman earned a top-16 finish in the 100-yard butterfly at NCAAs, becoming the sixth individual All-American in women’s program history. She also turned in historic performances at the ACC Championships this spring, becoming the Blue Devils’ first individual ACC champion on the women’s side since 2011 with a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley and added a podium finish in the 100 butterfly.
Hernandez claimed the first All-America honors of his career, placing 12th overall on the platform for honorable mention recognition. He joined teammate Moretti in achieving the feat at the NCAA Championships, as Moretti captured honorable mention All-America recognition on the one-meter springboard. Moretti also competed on the three-meter board and platform at NCAAs and was a finalist on both springboards at the ACC Championships, while Hernandez added one-meter to his NCAA repertoire and advanced to event finals on the three-meter board and platform at ACCs.
Howard earned spots in the 100 and 200 breaststroke championship finals at ACCs, finishing sixth at the 100-yard distance and eighth in the 200-yard race. He also moved into the top three on Duke’s all-time performance list in both events. The junior from Irvine, Calif., was also 13th in the conference in the 200 individual medley.
Willborn and Zeng both received ACC Diver of the Week recognition in December following standout performances at the Tennessee Invitational. Willborn went on to reach event finals in one and three-meter diving at ACCs, while Zeng was top-13 in all three diving events at his first conference championship.
The Duke men's and women's swimming and diving programs have combined for 83 All-ACC Academic Team selections since the award's inception in 2007.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
2018 All-ACC Academic Swimming and Diving Teams – Duke Selections
Name (Year) Major
Leah Goldman (Sr), Psychology ^
Nathaniel Hernandez (So), Biology @
Judd Howard (Jr), Economics @
Evan Moretti (Jr), Public Policy @
Mackenzie Willborn (Jr), Biomedical Engineering @
Teddy Zeng (Fr), Undeclared
@ Two-time honoree
# Three-time honoree
^ Four-time honoree