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Blue Devil Men Head to Lone Star State for NCAAs
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/27/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – A quartet of Blue Devils will represent Duke at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which get underway Wednesday evening at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

The championship meet kicks off with the 800-yard freestyle relay Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET in Austin. Action continues Thursday through Saturday with preliminaries at 11 a.m. ET and finals at 7 p.m. ET each day.

Ticket information is available here.

On the Air
All finals sessions will be streamed on ESPN3 throughout the weekend. Daily preliminaries sessions and diving consolation finals will be streamed on TexasSports.com. For a complete list of broadcast information, live results links and a schedule of events, visit the championship homepage.

Meet the Team
Divers Nathaniel Hernandez and Evan Moretti return to the national stage after both garnered honorable mention All-America recognition at last year’s NCAA Championships. Hernandez and Moretti will be joined by first-time qualifiers Max St. George and Miles Williams.

St. George received an NCAA invitation in the 100 backstroke and is also eligible to compete in the 50 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Duke’s program record holder in both backstroke events, the senior from Wheaton, Ill., is seeded 22nd at the 100-yard distance (45.76). St. George was a championship finalist in all three events at the 2019 ACC Championships.

Williams earned his NCAA invitation in the 100 freestyle and is seeded 25th in the event with a school record of 42.41. The junior from Hong Kong, China is also eligible to compete in the 50 and 200 freestyle in Austin after racing to top-13 showings in all three events at last month’s conference meet.  

Hernandez and Moretti are coming off of strong performances at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, which saw both Blue Devils punch their tickets to NCAAs in all three diving events. The duo has enjoyed a successful postseason so far in 2019, with Moretti earning Most Valuable Diver recognition at the ACC Championships as an All-ACC performer in three-meter diving and Hernandez collecting top-eight finishes on the one-meter board and platform.

Duke at the NCAA Championships
The Blue Devil men will send representatives to the NCAA Championships for the 10th consecutive season and the 17th time overall this weekend in Austin. Historically, Duke men’s swimmers and divers have totaled 18 individual All-America honors under the watch of head coach Dan Colella.

Hernandez (platform) and Moretti (one-meter) both garnered honorable mention All-America accolades to help the Blue Devils tie for 33rd in the final team standings at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

ACC Championships Recap
The Blue Devil men received a solid start heading into the swimming portion of the 2019 ACC Championships behind the efforts of the squad’s divers, who totaled 170 points to lead all teams. Moretti was named the league’s Most Valuable Men’s Diver at the conclusion of the meet Saturday after recording a meet-high 77 points across the three boards and garnering All-ACC honors in Thursday’s three-meter competition. Moretti joined former Blue Devil Nick McCrory as the only divers in men’s program history to earn the award.

Over the course of four days in Greensboro, N.C., the Duke men’s swimmers took down program records in five individual and four relay events, with St. George and Williams both recording record-breaking swims in multiple individual events. Williams and senior Judd Howard each raced to top-five finishes the final night, with Howard also turning in a top-five showing in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Blue Devils improved upon their point total from a year ago, collecting 624 points to finish seventh in the final team standings.

NCAA Invited Swimmers
Max St. George: 100 Back (45.76)
Miles Williams: 100 Free (42.41)

NCAA Qualified Divers
Nathaniel Hernandez – 1M, 3M, Platform
Evan Moretti – 1M, 3M, Platform

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