DURHAM, N.C. – Over the past month, members of the Duke swimming and diving program have competed on the international and national stage and continued to reel in academic accolades.
Blue Devils Swimmers to Represent at Summer Nationals
Eight current and former Duke swimmers compete this week at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Stanford, Calif. Event preliminaries begin at 12 p.m. ET Wednesday through Sunday at the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center, followed by finals at 8 p.m. ET. Finals sessions each evening will be streamed on NBC Sports Network.
The Blue Devils will feature seniors Kylie Jordan and Alyssa Marsh and sophomores Shayna Hollander, Easop Lee, Melissa Pish and Cabell Ann Whitlow over the course of the week in California, along with former Blue Devils Max St. George and Ashley Twichell.
Jordan and the Blue Devils will be taking over the program’s Instagram Story throughout the meet. Follow the Blue Devils on Instagram (/dukeswimdive) for all the updates.
Blue Devils at Phillips 66 National Championships
Shayna Hollander: 100 backstroke
Kylie Jordan: 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly
Easop Lee: 400 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 400 individual medley
Alyssa Marsh: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly
Melissa Pish: 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle
Max St. George: 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke
Ashley Twichell: 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 1500 freestyle
Cabell Ann Whitlow: 200 butterfly, 400 individual medley
Twichell Secures Trip to Tokyo 2020
Ashley Twichell, a 2011 graduate of Duke, secured a trip to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with a thrilling top-10 finish in the women’s open water 10K event at the 18th FINA World Championships. Twichell earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the first time in her career with her sixth-place finish in the event, finishing with a time of 1:54:50.5.
Twichell added a top-eight finish in the women’s open water 5K in South Korea and, in the pool, was fourth in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle (15:54.19).
Isabella Paez, who graduated from Duke in 2018, also competed in South Korea. She clocked 1:01.27 in the 100m butterfly preliminaries for 36th in the field.
Incoming freshman Nat Ong also competed on the world stage this summer, representing Singapore at the World University Games in the 50, 100 and 200-meter freestyle.
Counting Down to October
Blue Devil head coach Dan Colella and the swimming and diving program released this week the 2019-20 competition schedule. The Duke squads will look to carry the success of a historic 2018-19 season into the coming year, as the newest campaign kicks off Oct. 12.
The 2019-20 schedule is highlighted by a pair of home duals. Duke’s slate features dual meets against seven men’s and women’s squads that earned top-25 finishes at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
“Duke swimming and diving is coming off an exceptional year both in the pool and in the classroom,” Colella said. “We are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2019-20 campaign, as we have put together a terrific schedule – one that has both new and traditional competitors.”
Two More for Omaha
Two more Blue Devils are Omaha bound next summer, as sophomore Colson Zucker (100 breaststroke) and recent graduate Max St. George (100 backstroke) punched their tickets to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
St. George: 100 backstroke, 56.36
Zucker: 100 breaststroke, 1:02.55
Success in the Classroom
The Duke program featured 23 student-athletes on the 2018-19 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team, as announced by the organization in early July. The 23 Scholar All-America selections mark the most in program history. Both the men’s and women’s teams were also named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America team for the spring 2019 semester.
Recent Duke graduates Hunter Aitchison, Lizzie Fitzpatrick, Maddie Hess and Mackenzie Willborn represented the women’s squad on the first team, along with rising seniors Jaina Gaudette and Alyssa Marsh, rising junior Halle Morris and rising sophomore Cabell Ann Whitlow. Recent graduate Max St. George earned Scholar All-America First Team honors for the Blue Devil men, along with rising seniors Nathaniel Hernandez and Miles Williams.
After receiving 2019 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large recognition in May, Blue Devil swimmer Hunter Aitchison was named to the Academic All-America Women’s At-Large third team last month. With the honor, Aitchison became the third Academic All-American in women’s program history, joining former Blue Devils Katie Ness (ESPN - 2006) and Jessica Lyden (CoSIDA - 2012).
To sum up this spring in the classroom:— Duke Swimming/Diving (@DukeSWIMDIVE) July 16, 2019
🏆 Program record 23 Blue Devils on @CSCAA Scholar All-America teams
🏅@CoSIDAAcadAA All-America honors for senior Hunter Aitchison
1⃣2⃣ selections to All-ACC Academic Team
😈 Both Duke squads tabbed @CSCAA Scholar All-America #GoDuke pic.twitter.com/4GkkXbcQJN
Alum Spotlight: David Tuchler
David Tuchler (’80), a former co-captain for the Blue Devils and the team’s current public address announcer, recently checked in to reflect on some of his favorite memories from his swimming career. Read the full Q&A here.