Career: Two-time NCAA qualifier, finishing 25th in the 1,650 freestyle preliminaries her senior year ... Four-year member of Duke’s ACC Championship team, posting top-eight showings in the mile twice and in the 500 freestyle as a senior ... Graduated as the Blue Devils’ program record holder in the 200 freestyle (1:45.94), setting the mark at her final conference meet ... Also a member of the school record-setting 800 freestyle relay (7:08.99) ... Ranked second all-time at Duke in the 500 (4:43.08), 1,000 (9:49.12) and 1,650 (16:05.05) freestyle and third in the 400 individual medley (4:15.57) ... Four-time CSCAA Scholar All-America pick, earning first team laurels twice ... Four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll … Team captain as a senior.
Honors: CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team (2016, 2018) ... CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2015, 2017) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
2017-18: Returned to the NCAA Championships as a senior, representing the Blue Devils in three individual events ... Closed her career as one of the top female distance swimmers in program history with a top-25 finish in the 1,650 freestyle preliminaries ... At her final ACC Championships, led off 800 freestyle relay that clocked the second-fastest time in school history (7:09.58) ... Earned career-best finish in the 500 freestyle, placing sixth overall in a best time of 4:43.08 ... Posted a pair of career-best swims in the 200 freestyle, breaking the school record during finals (1:45.94) in a 14th-place finish ... Added career-best marks in the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle, taking 10th in the conference in the mile ... Lowered her career best in the mile at the Liberty Last Chance Invitational the following week ... Swept the 500 and 1,000 freestyle at No. 14 Virginia ... Lone swimmer in the 1,000 field to come in under 10 minutes (9:59.84) ... Claimed the same events in the season opener against No. 23 Florida State and Virginia Tech … Team captain.
2016-17: Helped the Blue Devils break the program record in the 800 freestyle relay at ACCs for a third straight year ... Earned the second top-eight finish of her career in the mile (16:25.91) ... Led wire-to-wire in the 500 freestyle consolation final at the conference meet to come in ninth overall ... Moved up seven spots from her 2016 showing in the 400 IM, taking 11th while eclipsing the program record at 4:15.57 ... Swept the distance events in Duke wins over South Carolina (1/14) and North Carolina (1/29) ... Claimed the 500 freestyle at Queens University (12/3) ... Member of record-setting 800 freestyle relay at the NC State GAC Invite ... Also in Greensboro, took second in the 500 freestyle, dipping under her previous career best at 4:43.56, and third in the mile ... Second in the 500 freestyle at the season-opening Virginia Tech quad meet (10/21) ... Also finished second in the mile against Virginia Tech, West Virginia and William & Mary ... Over the summer, participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program, a collaborative service initiative between Duke and Stanford ... As a member of ACE, traveled to India to teach and coach children and youth, with a focus on educational and leadership development through sports and English lessons at the Vidya School in Delhi.
2015-16: NCAA qualifier as a sophomore, representing the Blue Devils in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle ... Placed 38th in the mile ... Notched a best time and NCAA provisional cut of 16:17.89 in the mile at the Bulldog Invitational, while 1,000 freestyle split of 9:50.39 was also a career best ... Earned top 20 finishes in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM at ACCs with best times in both events ... Led off Duke's record-breaking 800 freestyle relay at the conference championship ... Leadoff split of 1:47.90 reset the program record in the 200 freestyle ... Swept the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events in the regular season finale at North Carolina (1/30) ... Also claimed the 500 freestyle at South Carolina (1/8) and at the Nike Cup Invitational ... First to the wall in the 200 freestyle against Old Dominion and William & Mary (11/7) ... Won the 500 freestyle and the mile against Florida State and Queens (10/23) ... 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 400 and 800 freestyle and the 400 IM.
2014-15: Blue Devils' top distance freestyler as a rookie … Member of Duke's 800 freestyle relay that broke the program record at the ACC Championship with a 7:17.43 clocking … Individually, placed seventh in the conference in the 1,650 freestyle … Top freshman finisher in that event with 16:29.73 mark, which surpassed the NCAA provisional standard and ranked second on program's all-time performance list … 1,000 split of 9:57.89 also ranked second all-time at Duke … Accumulated additional points for the Blue Devils in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM at ACCs while breaking into the program all-time top 10 in both events … Collected first individual wins of collegiate career against UNC Wilmington, touching first in the 200 butterfly and 400 IM (10/25).
Prior to Duke: NISCA All-American in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events … Recipient of high school, conference, state and open MVP honors and CHSCA 2013 Swimmer of the Year award … Claimed conference, state and open titles in the 200 and 500 freestyle as a senior … State record-holder in 100 backstroke and 200 and 500 freestyle … Holds school records in 100, 200 and 400 long course freestyle and 200 and 500 freestyle short course, 100-yard backstroke, 400-meter and 400-yard freestyle relay teams … Conference and state champion in 200 freestyle as well as conference, state and open champion in 500 freestyle as a junior … All-conference and all-state selection in backstroke and freestyle as a freshman and sophomore … Two-time conference MVP … 2013 U.S. Open qualifier and 2014 Summer and Winter Junior Nationals qualifier as a member of the Wilton Wahoos Swim Team ... Captured YMCA Long Course national championships in 1,500 freestyle and 400 IM ... Four-year honor roll student … 2012 and 2014 CT Scholar Athlete … Two-time USA Swimming Scholar Athlete.
Personal: Born Verity Rosanne Abel on May 20, 1996 in London, England … Daughter of Paul Richard and Linda Abel … Has two older brothers, Larry and Joss ... Majoring in psychology.
Abel Career Bests: 200 Free: 1:45.94 ... Duke record 500 Free: 4:43.08 ... 2nd all-time at Duke 1,000 Free: 9:49.12 ... 2nd all-time at Duke 1,650 Free: 16:05.05 ... 2nd all-time at Duke 400 IM: 4:15.57 ... 3rd all-time at Duke
On Duke's Relays: 800 Free Relay: 7:08.99 ... Duke record