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Courtesy: Duke Swimming & Diving
Duke Men Announce Freshman Class
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/11/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s swimming and diving program will welcome eight student-athletes to campus ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

The incoming class includes Cole Reznick and Henry Wu of California, Harel Anolick of Illinois, John Day and Colson Zucker of North Carolina, David Hallaron of Texas, Matthew Whelan of Virginia and Everett Werner of Washington.

“This is a very young class, but one that has made tremendous strides forward,” said head coach Dan Colella. “We have nationals qualifiers and junior nationals finalists coming in from all over the country. They are versatile in their events and experiences. They’re a group that’s going to come in, get some different training and just continue to develop. We graduated a smaller class in May, so this group will add to our men’s team’s depth in both dual meets and in championship scoring. This is a class we’ve been looking forward to, and we’re excited to have them on campus.”

Take a closer look at the Blue Devils’ incoming freshman class:

Harel Anolick – Evanston, Ill.
High School:
Evanston Township
Club Team: Chicago Dive Club
Notes: Silver medalist on the one-meter board at states his senior year … Placed fifth in the same event at states as a junior … Finished second in state sectionals his junior and senior seasons … All-American and all-state selection
On choosing Duke: “Duke has the perfect blend of academics and athletics and the team is so great.”
Head Diving Coach Nunzio Esposto on Anolick: “Harel is a great addition to the men’s team. He’s strong and I look forward to helping him to refine his techniques.”

Anolick Personal Records:
One-Meter - 490
Three-Meter - 475

John Day – Lexington, N.C.
High School:
North Davidson
Club Team: YMCA of Northwest NC Riptyde
Notes: State champion in the 50 freestyle as a senior … Tabbed his conference’s Swimmer of the Year and an all-conference athlete as well in his final year … Three-time all-conference selection … State finalist as a junior
On choosing Duke: “Duke provides the best opportunities to grow academically and athletically, and I felt it was the best place for me to continue my career as a student-athlete.”

Day Personal Records:
50 Free SCY/LCM - 21.11/24.40
100 Free SCY/LCM - 46.38/53.61
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:41.84/1:58.03
100 Fly SCY/LCM - 51.83/58.49
200 Fly SCY/LCM - 1:53.70/2:14.66

David Hallaron – Grapevine, Texas
High School:
Grapevine
Club Team: North Texas Nadadores
Notes: Two-time Winter Junior Nationals qualifier … Winter Junior Nationals champion in the 800 freestyle relay … State champion in the 200 individual medley and state runner-up in the 100 backstroke as a senior … Garnered All-America honors in the 200 individual medley his final year … Regional champion in both of those events and district champion in four events
On choosing Duke: “I chose Duke University so I could continue to pursue excellence in both academics and athletics. Duke provides an opportunity for me to continue my swimming aspirations while earning an education from a world renowned institution that will serve me for years to come.”

Hallaron Personal Records:
100 Back SCY/LCM - 49.92/59.45
200 Back SCY/LCM - 1:48.51/2:08.69
50 Free SCY/LCM - 21.54/24.84
100 Free SCY/LCM - 46.30/53.03
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:39.26/1:52.98
400 Free LCM - 4:02.30
500 Free SCY - 4:28.89
200 IM SCY/LCM - 1:49.54/2:10.40
400 IM SCY/LCM - 4:01.77/4:45.27
100 Breast SCY/LCM - 1:00.36/1:15.07

Cole Reznick – Pleasanton, Calif.
High School:
Amador Valley
Club Team: Tri Valley Aquatics
Notes: 200 individual medley All-American as a senior … Two-time All-American in the 100 breaststroke, setting a Three-time member of Amador Valley’s CIF state team … Member of NCS team as a freshman
On choosing Duke: “I chose Duke because it provides elite athletic and academic opportunities. Duke was exactly what I was looking for to further my swimming and academic careers.”

Reznick Personal Records:
50 Free SCY/LCM - 21.16/24.81
100 Free SCY/LCM - 45.96/53.87
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:41.30/1:58.18
100 Fly SCY/LCM - 49.50/57.89
100 Back SCY/LCM - 50.83/1:04.36
100 Breast SCY/LCM - 55.93/1:05.92
200 Breast SCY/LCM - 2:01.59/2:23.06
200 IM SCY/LCM - 1:49.56/2:08.68

Everett Werner – Olympia, Wash.
High School:
Olympia
Club Team: King Aquatic Club
Notes: WIAA All-American as a senior … Finished third in the 200 individual medley at the state championships his senior year … Also took fourth in the state in the 100 butterfly
On choosing Duke: “As soon as I visited I knew that this was the place for me. The team was very close and felt very welcoming and I felt like I fit in well. The academics are also great and fit me well. The support for athletes is also great and it's a good environment to swim and learn.”

Werner Personal Records:
400 IM SCY/LCM - 3:57.13/4:33.06
200 Fly SCY/LCM - 1:48.94/2:07.42
200 IM SCY/LCM - 1:52.08/2:11.69
500 Free SCY - 4:35.76
1,650 Free SCY - 15:56.82
200 Back SCY/LCM - 1:51.54/2:09.21
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:41.66/2:00.75
100 Fly SCY/LCM - 50.43/58.77

Matthew Whelan – Richmond, Va.
High School:
John Randolph Tucker
Club Team: Nova of Virginia Aquatics
Notes: Claimed state title in the 100 butterfly as a senior … Also finished state runner-up in the 50 freestyle … Broke state record in the 100 butterfly … Garnered All-Metro honors in four events, collecting first team recognition in the 50 freestyle and 100 and 200 butterfly
On choosing Duke: “I chose Duke because it is one of the top academic programs in the world while also being comprised of world class athletes. During my visit I fell in love with the school and the atmosphere of the team.”

Whelan Personal Records:
200 Fly SCY/LCM - 1:47.21/2:03.98
100 Fly SCY/LCM - 49.07/55.41
200 Free SCY/LCM - 1:39.45/1:55.52
50 Free SCY/LCM - 20.61/24.11
100 Free SCY/LCM - 45.52/53.06
200 IM SCY/LCM - 1:53.97/2:10.46
400 IM SCY/LCM - 4:01.28/4:47.37

Henry Wu – Irvine, Calif.
High School:
Northwood
Club Team: Irvine Novaquatics
Notes: Summer Nationals and Junior Nationals qualifier … NICSA All-American as a junior and senior … CIF sectional champion in the 100 breaststroke as a senior … Went on to finish fifth in that event at the state meet … CIF sectional finalist as a junior and sophomore
On choosing Duke: “I chose Duke because of the perfect blend of athletics and academics. It’s an environment in which I see myself being successful.”

Wu Personal Records:
100 Breast SCY/LCM - 55.00/1:04.55
200 Breast SCY/LCM - 2:00.92/2:17.83
200 IM SCY/LCM - 1:52.00/2:12.92

Colson Zucker – Mooresville, N.C.
High School:
South Iredell
Club Team: SwimMAC Carolina
Notes: Winter Junior Nationals qualifier … Two-time North Carolina state champion in the 100 breaststroke … Also claimed a state title in the 200 individual medley his senior year … Broke state records in both events as a senior … Finalist at USA Swimming Futures Championship as a freshman and sophomore … Three-time SwimMAC national team member
On choosing Duke: “The excellent combination of academics and athletics, beautiful campus, incredible track record with breaststroke development and amazing team.”

Zucker Personal Records:
100 Breast SCY/LCM - 55.06/1:04.20
200 Breast SCY/LCM - 2:02.26/2:31.65
200 IM SCY/LCM - 1:49.20/2:09.44

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