DURHAM, N.C. – Blue Devil swimmers and divers have continued to collect accolades and compete across the country over the past month of action.
Hernandez Back in Action
After collecting first team All-America accolades in March, rising senior diver Nathaniel Hernandez was back on the boards in May. He took first place (392.20) out of 40 divers in the three-meter event at the USA Diving Senior National Qualifier. Hernandez went on to finish sixth on the one-meter springboard at Senior National Championships with an award of 340.65. The Southlake, Texas native was also 13th in the men’s three-meter semifinal (322.50).
More Accolades Roll In
Recent Blue Devil graduate Hunter Aitchison was selected to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® 3 Women’s At-Large Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) May 16. Aitchison graduated from Duke with a degree in neuroscience and minors in chemistry and biology and was a two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection and a two-time College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America first team honoree pending this year’s release.
Classmate Mickayla Hinkle was also recently recognized as a recipient of an ACC Top Six for Service Award, presented annually to six student-athletes from each conference institution who demonstrates outstanding dedication to community service and outreach programs. Hinkle volunteered during the Backpack 2 School event for the Durham Urban Ministries and also organized the Swim with the Blue Devils program this past year.
Marsh Punches Ticket to Omaha
Rising senior Alyssa Marsh collected her 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials cut in the 50-meter freestyle in May. Marsh turned in a 25.86 swim at the Speedo Grand Challenge to come in under the Trials standard of 25.99.
Blue Devils Introduce Incoming Class
The Duke program welcomes 20 men’s and swimmers and divers for the 2019-20 campaign.
“This group of women and men are exactly what we are looking for when we recruit Duke student-athletes,” said head coach Dan Colella. “We have all the confidence in the world that they will only enhance what we have been building here at Duke University.”
Swimmers Take On Charlotte Ultra
Several Blue Devils made the short trip to Charlotte last weekend to take on the Charlotte Ultra meet, coming away with a number of top-eight finishes.
- Olwyn Bartis (Fr.): 8th, 200-meter free (2:05.44)
- Connie Dean (Jr.): 8th, 200 breast (2:36.76)
- David Hallaron (So.): 6th, 400 free (4:05.24); 7th, 200 free (1:54.92)
- Easop Lee (So.): 7th, 400 free (4:23.87); 7th, 200 fly (2:18.47)
- Everett Werner (So.): 7th, 200 fly (2:10.32)
- Cabell Ann Whitlow (So.): 5th, 200 fly (2:16.66)
- Henry Wu (So.): 7th, 200 breast (2:23.94)
- Colson Zucker (So.): 8th, 100 breast (1:05.87)
Alumna Spotlight: Leah Goldman
Leah Goldman (’18), an All-American and ACC champion, recently checked in to reflect on some of her best memories from her time as a Blue Devil, favorite Duke traditions and life post-graduation. Read the full Q&A here.
Multiple Duke student-athletes are set to participate in the 2019 Summer Universiade or World University Championships July 3-14 in Naples, Italy. Former Blue Devil standout Ashley Twichell (’11) qualified for July’s FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea as the top U.S. 10-kilometer swimmer in May at the 2019 USA Open Water National Championships.
Three current Blue Devils will also head overseas soon for the fourth year of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program. The program provides one-time funding for student-athletes to engage in a three-week international service project. Rising junior Nathaniel Hartley will participate in the ACE in China program July 13-August 3 while rising senior Brittany Kampfer and rising junior Carly Perri will take part in the inaugural ACE in Peru program July 20-August 10.