In the first event of the evening, junior Ben Hwang, senior Ben Tuben, graduate student Piotr Safronczyk and junior Adam Flur posted a seventh-place finish in the 200 free relay at 1:19.35 for Duke's top time of the season and an NCAA 'B' cut. Hwang registered a 20.14 split out of the leadoff position, surpassing the NCAA provisional standard in the 50 free, while Tuben (19.64), Safronczyk (19.65) and Flur (19.92) followed with sub-20 splits. As a relay team, the Blue Devils were just .83 seconds off of the school record, which was established at last year's ACC Championships when Hwang, Tuben, Spencer Booth and Nick Garvy captured an ACC title in a relay event for the first time in program history.
Junior Alex Harmon picked up points for the Blue Devils with a 15th-place finish in the finals of the 500 free, tagging the wall at 4:30.16. The program record holder in the event with a 4:26.74 clocking at last year's conference championships, Harmon also notched Duke's top mark of the season during the morning prelims in a 4:29.77 performance. Meanwhile, fellow junior Matt Carder turned in a 24th-place showing in the finals with a mark of 4:38.94.
Duke also had two representatives in the finals of the 200 IM, as sophomores Tyler Fleming and Hunter Knight both advanced to the evening session. Knight finished 21st overall at 1:51.02 and Fleming recorded a time of 1:51.63 to come in 23rd. Additionally, both swam personal-best times in the morning session, with Fleming going 1:50.75 and Knight touching in 1:50.81.
The Blue Devils closed out the evening with a pair of time trial events. After breaking the school record in a 1:26.46, second-place performance on Wednesday, the All-ACC 200 medley relay team of sophomore Steven Gasparini, Safronczyk, Tuben and Hwang returned to the pool Thursday to post another NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:26.58. Freshman Jack Forese followed with a personal-best 20.41 in the 50 free time trial.
During the morning preliminaries, eight Blue Devils notched personal bests in the 50 free, with Tuben leading the way at 20.28 to tie for 17th and surpass the NCAA provisional standard in the event. In the prelims of the 200 IM, Gasparini registered a season-best time of 1:49.76 to come in 21st.
Results from last week's 3-meter diving competition were also added into Thursday's final team scores. Senior Cody Kolodziejzyk paced the Blue Devil divers with a 14th-place performance in the prelims of the event, scoring 332.70 points to surpass the NCAA Zone Diving qualifying standard, and freshman Clay Pinckney took 18th with a score of 310.95.
At the conclusion of Thursday evening's finals, Duke sits in eighth place with a total of 85 points. After five lead changes on the day, North Carolina is atop the team standings with 245.5 points, followed by Virginia (225) and Florida State (214).
"People are excited about what they did in these events today as they get ready for their primary events over the next two days," said head coach Dan Colella. "We're looking forward to tomorrow morning - a new session and a new day - and having some great swims."
The ACC Championships continue Friday at 11 a.m. with the prelims of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and the 100 back. Finals are slated to begin at 7 p.m. with the 400 medley relay followed by the individual swimming events.
Team Standings Through Day Two
|1. North Carolina||245.5|
|3. Florida State||214|
|4. Virginia Tech||164|
|5. NC State||127|
|7. Georgia Tech||108|
|10. Boston College||42|