DURHAM, N.C. – Nine current or former members of the Duke swimming and diving program competed at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships last week in Stanford, Calif. Six Blue Devils had times that earned admission to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. in June 2020.
Senior Alyssa Marsh stood out in the five-day meet, surpassing the trial cut in two events. She placed second in the ‘B’ final of the women’s 50-meter freestyle with a time of 25.44. In the 100 backstroke, Marsh earned an Olympic Trials cut time of 1:01.91 in the morning before placing 20th in the evening session. Marsh also tacked on another trials cut to her time in California with a mark of 1:00.01 in the 100 butterfly.
Three other current Blue Devils earned Olympic Trials cut times over the course of the week. Sophomore Melissa Pish earned the cut in the 100 freestyle with her 25th place finish (55.82). Senior Kylie Jordan’s 1:00.31 in the 100 butterfly earned her a trials cut. Sophomore Easop Lee earned a trial cut in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:13.41.
Duke alumni, Ashley Twichell (’11) and Yusuke Legard (’19), had a great week in the pool. Twichell earned trial cut times in both events she competed in over the week. She finished third in the 800 freestyle with a time of 8:27.36. In the 400 freestyle, her time of 4:07.77 was the second fastest time of the day, earning her first place in the ‘B’ final. Legard placed 26th in the 50 freestyle with a 22.81.
Other events the Blue Devils competed in throughout the week were Marsh in the 100 freestyle, Pish in the 200 freestyle, Jordan in the 200 butterfly, Lee in the 400 freestyle and the 400 individual medley, Max St. George (’19) in the 100 and 200 backstroke, sophomore Cabell Ann Whitlow in the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley and sophomore Shayna Hollander in the 100 backstroke.