DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devil swimming and diving teams hit the road this weekend, traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., to wrap up the fall portion of their schedule at the Tennessee Invitational. The three-day meet gets underway Thursday and continues through Saturday at the Volunteers’ Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.
Knoxville, Tenn. – Allan Jones Aquatic Center
Live Swimming Results l Live Diving Results
Duke joins squads from Denver, Penn, Penn State, Carson-Newman (swimming only) and host Tennessee in this weekend’s championship-style invitational, which will feature morning preliminaries and evening finals all three days. Diving preliminaries will take place each day at 1 p.m.
Action kicks off Thursday with the 200-yard freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, women’s three-meter and men’s one-meter diving and the 400 medley relay. Friday’s events include the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, men’s three-meter and women’s one-meter diving and the 800 freestyle relay. The meet wraps up Saturday with the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, men’s and women’s platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.
The Blue Devil women jumped to No. 16 in the latest national rankings released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Nov. 14. Tennessee’s squads are also ranked, with the women coming in at No. 9 and the men at No. 10.
"This meet is an opportunity to really simulate what we're doing at ACCs and NCAAs," said head coach Dan Colella. "For us, the goal is execution and really fine-tuning and getting ready for the championship season. I think when we do that, we're going to have our best results … The Tennessee programs are highly-ranked and the other programs that are there, all of them have some really high-end athletes. It's not a really big group - there's only six teams there. But there's going to be plenty of competition."
Last Time Out
Duke’s men and women are coming off of strong showings at the Big Al Invitational and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge earlier in November.
The Blue Devil women took first at the Big Al Invitational in Princeton, N.J., while the men placed second in the five-team field. Freshman Cabell Ann Whitlow won the women’s 100 butterfly and the 200 and 400 individual medley and senior Maddie Hess swept the women’s backstroke events. On the men’s side, senior Sean Tate turned in individual wins in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. In diving, freshman Maddi Pullinger claimed the top spot in the women’s one and three-meter events and took second on the platform en route to receiving ACC Women’s Diver of the Week recognition.
Juniors Kylie Jordan and Alyssa Marsh and freshman Easop Lee were selected to the ACC women’s swimming roster for the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge while seniors Judd Howard, Max St. George and junior Miles Williams were tabbed to the men’s swimming roster. Blue Devils Nathaniel Hernandez and Evan Moretti were two of just nine men’s divers chosen to represent the conference.
Among the strong performances for the Blue Devils in West Lafayette, Ind., were a fourth-place showing by St. George in the men’s 100 backstroke and a fourth-place finish by Marsh in the women’s 100 butterfly. Marsh also swam on the ACC’s top relay in the 200 medley relay, taking second with the group. In addition, Hernandez was fourth overall and second among ACC divers in platform diving. His first performance of the season on the platform garnered him ACC Men’s Diver of the Week accolades.
Best of the Best
Following action at the Big Al Invitational and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge earlier this month, several Blue Devil swimmers continue to rank among the country's top performers with their season-best marks. St. George ranks 16th nationally in the men's 100 backstroke (46.75) while Marsh is tied for 25th (53.06) and Jordan is 31st (53.17) in the women's 100 butterfly (53.06). Marsh is also top-40 in the women's 50 freestyle (22.62), as is Hess in the women's 200 backstroke (1:55.36) and freshman Melissa Pish in the women's 1,000 freestyle (10:00.22)
Following the program’s annual training trip in late December, the Blue Devils resume competition Jan. 12 in the regular season home finale against Queens University of Charlotte and William & Mary.