DURHAM, N.C. – While the 2018-19 competition season has come to a close, the Blue Devils have carried a number of storylines into the offseason.
Twichell Punches Ticket to World Championships
Former Blue Devil All-American and open water swimming standout Ashley Twichell had another successful showing at the 2019 USA Open Water National Championships in Miami. The 2011 Duke graduate defended her title in the women’s open water 10-kilometer race Friday, taking second overall and first among U.S. swimmers (2:00:00.67) to lock up a qualification spot for this summer’s FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The top 10 finishers at July’s World Championships will earn a spot to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Program-Record Twelve Blue Devils Earn All-Academic Honors
The Duke swimming and diving program added another milestone to an already historic 2018-19 season with a program-record 12 Blue Devils selected to the All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the conference office last week. The quartet of seniors Judd Howard, Evan Moretti and Mackenzie Willborn and junior Nathaniel Hernandez headlined the group with their third career All-Academic accolades, respectively. Seniors Hunter Aitchison and Max St. George earned spots on the squad for the second time while seniors Maddie Hess and Mickayla Hinkle, junior Alyssa Marsh, sophomore Halle Morris and freshmen Melissa Pish and Maddi Pullinger were first time All-ACC Academic selections.
Aitchison, Hernandez, Hess, Marsh, Moretti, Morris and Pish received All-America and All-ACC Academic Team recognition in 2019 while Moretti and Pullinger were All-ACC and All-Academic selections.
Blue Devils Take Part in Angels Among Us 5K
Members of the Duke swimming and diving teams and Team IMPACT teammate Brodie Curtis laced up their sneakers for last week’s Angels Among Us 5K benefitting Duke’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. To view photos from the event, follow the Blue Devils on Instagram (@dukeswimdive).
Duke Celebrates Historic Season
The Duke swimming and diving program closed a historic 2018-19 campaign by celebrating accomplishments from the pool, the boards and the classroom April 26 at the program’s annual awards banquet. Ten individual student-athletes received team awards and the Blue Devils honored the program’s 13 seniors – Hunter Aitchison, Alyssa Arwood, Lizzie Fitzpatrick, Maddie Hess, Riley Hickman, Mickayla Hinkle, Judd Howard, Yusuke Legard, Evan Moretti, Josh Owsiany, Max St. George, Sean Tate and Mackenzie Willborn.
Fun night celebrating a historic season and our award winners! 🎉🏆— Duke Swimming/Diving (@DukeSWIMDIVE) April 30, 2019
Outstanding Performance: @Nathaniel__H, Kylie Jordan, Maddi Pullinger, Max St. George
Above & Beyond: @EverettWerner3, @cabell_ann
🔵😈 Award: Yusuke Legard, @mack_willborn
MVP: @alyssa_marsh, Evan Moretti pic.twitter.com/jc8FVEQ1xW
Legard Competes at British Championships
Blue Devil senior Yusuke Legard traveled to Glasgow, Scotland in late April for the 2019 British Swimming Championships. The Weybridge, Surrey native was seventh in the men’s open 100-meter freestyle (50.46) and also took seventh at the 50m distance (22.79).
Hollander, Whitlow Earn U.S. Olympic Trials Cuts
Two Blue Devil freshmen garnered 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials cuts to highlight Duke’s weekend at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Richmond in mid-April.
Cabell Ann Whitlow punched her ticket to next summer’s trials in the women’s 200-meter butterfly in winning the event ‘B’ final. She tapped the wall at 2:13.67 to come in under the long course standard of 2:14.59. Classmate Shayna Hollander also secured her trials cut in the 100 backstroke, coming in at 1:02.68 to win the ‘C’ final.
Three Blue Devils to Embark Overseas with Rubenstein-Bing ACE Program
Twenty student-athletes from both Duke and Stanford are set to represent the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program this summer. Now in its fourth year, the program provides one-time funding for student-athletes to engage in a three-week international service project, and the first of four overseas initiatives will begin June 15.
Sophomore Nathaniel Hartley will participate in the ACE in China program July 13-August 3 while junior Brittany Kampfer and sophomore Carly Perri will take part in the inaugural ACE in Peru program July 20-August 10.
Introducing the 2019 ACE lineup! Congrats to our 40 #ACEathletes representing 13 @DukeATHLETICS and 20 @GoStanford teams who will be participating in one of 4 ACE programs this summer. Meet the team: https://t.co/Ytuq9YtWhB#GoStanford #GoDuke #goingforthegood pic.twitter.com/yllZgjzybo— Duke & Stanford ACE Program (@ACEathletes) April 10, 2019