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Duke Women Take Aim at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/14/2017
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     When: Wednesday-Saturday, March 15-18 l All Day 
     Where: IU Natatorium l Indianapolis, Ind. l Event Homepage
     Watch: Wednesday l Thursday l Friday Prelims l Friday Finals l Saturday Prelims l Saturday Finals
     Connect: Twitter @DukeSwimDive l Facebook /DukeSWIMDIVE l Instagram @dukeswimdive




Roster l Coaches l Statistics and Records l Schedule & Results l NCAA Notes l Shanley NCAA Preview




DURHAM, N.C. – The 18th-ranked Duke women’s swimming and diving team heads to Indianapolis, Ind., this week to take on the 2017 NCAA Championships, hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and the Indiana Sports Corp.

The four-day competition gets underway Wednesday evening at the IU Natatorium and continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Finals sessions Friday and Saturday will be streamed on ESPN3, while Wednesday evening’s action, Thursday’s sessions and preliminaries Friday and Saturday will be streamed on and

Live results will be available here throughout the meet.

The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships will earn first team All-America honors, while places nine through 16 will garner honorable mention All-America accolades.

ACC Championships Recap
The Blue Devil women finished sixth at the 2017 ACC Championships with a total team score of 725.5 points – up more than 80 points from a year ago. The squad concluded the conference championship with program records in three individual and three relay events. Junior Leah Goldman claimed All-ACC honors with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, earning the second podium finish of her career in that event. Duke also qualified two relays to the NCAA Championships – its 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

Blue Devils at the 2017 NCAA Championships
Duke will send six swimmers and two divers to Indianapolis this week. In addition to qualifying four Blue Devils in individual events, the squad is also eligible to compete in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle and 200 medley relays.

Goldman was selected to the NCAA field for the third consecutive season while freshman Alyssa Marsh received an invitation in her rookie season. Divers MaryEllen Targonski and Mackenzie Willborn will make their first career appearances at the national meet.

Goldman enters the meet seeded 13th in the 100 butterfly (51.62) and 34th in the 200 individual medley (1:57.33) while Marsh is ranked 36th in the NCAA field in the 100 butterfly (52.43).

The group will be joined by sophomore Hunter Aitchison, sophomore Maddie Hess, senior Maddie Rusch and senior Ashleigh Shanley.

Hunter Aitchison – Relays Only
Leah Goldman – 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley
Maddie Hess – Relays Only
Alyssa Marsh – 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly
Maddie Rusch – Relays Only
Ashleigh Shanley – Relays Only
MaryEllen Targonski – Platform Diving
Mackenzie Willborn – Three-Meter Diving, Platform Diving

Recapping the 2016 Meet
The Duke women sent seven swimmers to the 2016 NCAA Championships in Atlanta, qualifying four Blue Devils in individual events. The squad also swam in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Goldman led a trio of Blue Devils in the 100 butterfly preliminaries, coming in 24th. Duke’s 200 and 400 freestyle relays both raced to 21st-place showings.

By the Numbers
13 - Goldman’s seed in the 100 butterfly entering the NCAA Championships with a time of 51.62
36 - Entry ranking for Marsh in the 100 butterfly
18 - The Duke women’s ranking in the final TYR/CSCAA Division I poll of the season
1 - Dual meet victory for the Blue Devil women over Tobacco Road rival North Carolina - a 163-137 result Jan. 28 in Chapel Hill
12 - Seasons head coach Dan Colella has directed the Duke programs
9 - Number of All-America honors Duke women’s swimmers and divers have totaled under Colella’s watch