DURHAM, N.C. – As the Blue Devils reflect on the past, present and future of the program, GoDuke.com will feature Duke swimming and diving alumni to highlight memories from their collegiate careers and the paths they’ve taken to success in their professional fields.
David Tuchler, 1976-80
Tuchler graduated from Duke with a degree in psychology and was a co-captain for the Blue Devils during his collegiate career. A leader in the marketing industry, Tuchler remains closely connected to the swimming and diving program, serving as the Blue Devils’ public address announcer for home meets in Taishoff.
Can you update us on where you are now and your current work?
David Tuchler: Living in Raleigh, N.C. Opening a business serving the disabled — mobile servicing/repair and sales of wheelchairs/scooters, as well as repair/cleaning on commercial basis to help meet compliance needs.
What are some of your favorite memories from your time at Duke?
DT: This is an easy one. Coming out of nowhere in fall 1976, surprising UNC at their pool and almost winning - - falling short by just one point after they had to pull out the stops to win the last relay. Since there was no internet, they had no idea that we had a great recruiting class that year. So even though it was a loss, we served notice.
What was your favorite food on campus?
DT: ‘Food’ in quotes. A death match (meant somewhat literally) between sliced roast beef on bread with gravy, sliced turkey on bread with gravy and the infamous Seven Layer Casserole, which we discovered only too late in the game referred to the days of the week. Best actual food? Fries with gravy - - Bull City Poutine.
Who were some teammates who influenced you either in or out of the pool?
DT: Too many to count, as many of us intersected in swimming as well as a living group (fraternity). Will say that these relationships have lasted 40 years, and are present on almost a daily basis. Will also say that even without consistent contact over the years, the bond formed with other swimmers is one that can be instantly reactivated - - just add water, so to speak.
What lessons from your time as a Duke student-athlete or member of the swimming and diving program do you still call upon today?
DT: It was great to be part of a special group and represent the school. You are capable of more than you think. The experience lasts a lifetime and doesn’t end when you graduate.
What advice would you give to current or future Blue Devils?
DT: This will sound cheesy but make the most of your time, set your goals high and go for it! The journey is as/more important than the destination.