DURHAM, N.C. – Duke swimming and diving hosted its annual black and blue meet Saturday to kick off the 2005-06 season at Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion. The black team came away with a tight win, besting its teammates on the blue team, 392-377.
Highlights included an exciting relay competition to close the meet. The women’s 400 freestyle relay started off evenly, with Julia Lewis of the black team and Danielle Spearman of the blue team going head to head in side-by-side lanes in the first leg. The blue team gained a slight edge with Anna Rogers in the second leg and Alison Sundberg in the third, but Katie Ness caught up for the black team in the final laps, defeating the blue team by a single stroke. The black team came away with wins in three of four relay races.
On the men’s side, the closest race of the meet was the 200 butterfly. The first and second place spots were decided by seven one-hundredths of a second, and only 2.41 seconds elapsed between Nick Schilling in first and Garrick Berberich in fourth.
Nick Campisano led the men’s diving competition, winning both the 1M and 3M dives with identical marks of 9. Diana Westley and Lauren Gonzalez split the women’s competition. Westley scored a 9 to win the 1M, while Gonzalez won the 3M with the same mark.
Jackie Rodriguez, Lewis and Ness, all members of the black team, led in individual wins with two apiece. Rodriguez picked up wins in the 1000 freestyle and 200 breaststroke, Lewis was victorious in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and Ness dominated the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke. Ryan Packer of the blue team earned a pair of wins for the men in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
The diving team begins its regular-season schedule Friday at the ECU Diving Invitational, while the swimming and diving teams will both perform at home Oct. 15.