DURHAM, N.C. – A total of 11 Duke swimmers and divers received All-ACC Academic Team recognition for the 2016-17 season, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Seven members of the men’s team were selected for the academic honor while four Blue Devil women were named to the list.
Duke’s 11 combined selections to the All-ACC Academic teams tied for the second most in the conference. In addition, the seven all-academic honors on the men’s side marked the second most among all league teams.
Seniors Michael Miller, Peter Kropp and Dylan Payne, sophomores Evan Moretti and Max St. George and freshmen Nathaniel Hernandez and Roger Kriegl all represented the Blue Devils on the All-ACC Academic Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. Payne, a sociology major from Laguna Beach, Calif., earned the academic honor for the second consecutive season.
Kropp, Payne, Moretti and Hernandez all wrapped up their seasons at the NCAA Championships, with Kropp claiming first team All-America honors in the 100-yard breaststroke after also garnering All-ACC accolades in the same event. An economics major from Los Angeles, Calif., Kropp made history as the eighth individual All-American in men’s program history. Payne was a first-time NCAA qualifier, competing in the 100 breaststroke, as was Hernandez, who qualified in platform diving. An impressive rookie season also saw the Southlake, Texas native advance to ACC finals in one and three-meter springboard diving. A public policy major from Scarsdale, N.Y., Moretti made his second straight appearance at the national meet after taking home honorable mention All-America honors on the three-meter board last season.
Miller competed on three Duke relays at the ACC Championships, helping the 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays eclipse previous program records. Individually, the Houston, Texas native and psychology major was 10th in the 100 butterfly while notching the second-fastest mark in school history in that event. St. George broke school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the conference championship, taking ninth overall at the 100-yard distance. An economics major from Wheaton, Ill., St. George was tabbed the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week Jan. 31 after guiding Duke to its first dual meet victory over North Carolina since 1939. Kriegl had a strong ACC Championships debut, posting a top-eight finish in the 1,650 freestyle. The rookie from Moorpark, Calif., broke the school record in that race, as well as in the 500 freestyle.
Seniors Maddie Rusch and Ashleigh Shanley, junior Leah Goldman and sophomore Hunter Aitchison earned spots on the All-ACC Academic Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, with Rusch and Goldman both receiving the accolade for the third time in their respective careers.
A native of Burlingame, Calif., Goldman made her third trip to NCAAs in as many seasons, racing to a top-20 finish in the 100 butterfly. The psychology major also captured All-ACC honors in her marquee event for the second time in her career this spring. Rusch, a sociology major who hails from New Canaan, Conn., also competed at the national meet for the third time in her career. She guided the Blue Devils’ 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays to top-20 showings and broke the school record in the 100 freestyle in the final swim of her collegiate career, leading off the 400 freestyle relay with a 49.18 split.
A psychology major from Ann Arbor, Mich., Shanley received all-academic recognition for the first time in her career after making her first career appearance at NCAAs. She swam on Duke’s 200 medley relay along with Rusch after helping that relay eclipse the previous school record at the ACC Championships. Shanley’s final ACC meet saw her record best times in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Aitchison, who is majoring in neuroscience and biology, joined Rusch, Goldman and Shanley at the NCAA meet in Indianapolis. She competed on the 400 freestyle relay that finished 23rd in the country and helped break the program record in the 800 freestyle relay at ACCs. The Clearwater, Fla., native scored for the Blue Devils individually at the conference championship in the 200 and 500 freestyle.
The Duke men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have combined for 77 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 for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
2017 All-ACC Academic Swimming and Diving Teams – Duke Selections
Name (Year), Major
Hunter Aitchison (So), Neuroscience & Biology
Leah Goldman (Jr), Psychology #
Nathaniel Hernandez (Fr), Undeclared
Roger Kriegl (Fr), Undeclared
Peter Kropp (Sr), Economics
Michael Miller (Sr), Psychology
Evan Moretti (So), Public Policy
Dylan Payne (Sr), Sociology @
Maddie Rusch (Sr), Sociology #
Ashleigh Shanley (Sr), Psychology
Max St. George (So), Economics
@ Two-time honoree
# Three-time honoree