DURHAM, N.C. – Members of the Duke swimming and diving class of 2023 competed in multiple meets on the national scale before they arrive in Durham later this month. Nine future Blue Devils competed across four meets in the last two weeks. The events were the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships, the 2019 USA Diving Junior National Championships, the 2019 NCSA Summer Swimming Championships and the 2019 YMCA Long Course National Championships.
“I am thrilled with how our incoming freshmen performed this week in Palo Alto at Junior Nationals, Indianapolis at the NCSA Championships, College Park at the YMCA National Championships and Knoxville at the Diving Junior Nationals,” said Duke head coach Dan Colella. “Several swimmers achieved U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying times and gained additional swimming experience on the national stage. We are looking forward to everyone’s arrival on campus.”
Six future members of the Duke swimming and diving program competed at the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships. Brendan Driscoll led the way for the men tallying 34 points by placing in the top-10 times of all three events he competed in. In the 1500-meter freestyle, Driscoll placed eighth in 15:39.43. By touching the wall in 8:08.35 in the 800 freestyle A-Final, Driscoll finished third in the event. With a time of 3:59.12, he placed 10th in the 400 freestyle. Both his times in the 1500 freestyle and the 800 freestyle qualified him for the Olympic Team Trials in those events.
Coleman Kredich also made an A-Final, placing seventh in the 50 freestyle sprint, touching the wall in 23.38. In addition to the 50 freestyle, Kredich also competed in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle. Sarah Snyder also had a good week in the water with an A-Final appearance in the 100 butterfly. She placed sixth in the event with a time of 1:00.69, qualifying her for the Olympic Trials. Snyder also appeared in the 100 freestyle, 100 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay, 50 freestyle and 100 medley relay.
Phil Gong, Kevin Repice and Alex Bumpas competed in Palo Alto as well. Gong swam in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 medley relay. Repice appeared in five events, the 100 freestyle, 100 freestyle relay, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle. Bumpas performed in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and the 50 freestyle.
At the USA Diving Junior National Championships, incoming freshman Kate Mullin reached the semifinal in one-meter and three-meter springboard diving. Mullin placed fifth during the three-meter quarterfinals with her highest score of the event, 414.15.
At the NCSA Summer Swimming Championships, Will Tenpas was the only future Blue Devil to compete. He swam in five events and registered 38 points over the course of the meet. His best solo performance was in the 200 breaststroke as Tenpas qualified for the A-Final by touching the wall in 2:21.04 in the preliminaries before finishing eighth in the final. In the 100 breaststroke, Tenpas finished 11th at 1:05.62. Tenpas also found success in relay events, as his team finished second in the 400 medley relay. In addition, Tenpas competed in the 200 individual medley and the 50 breaststroke.
Emma Shuppert was the only incoming Blue Devil to appear at the YMCA Long Course National Championships as she competed in 10 events and tallied 50 points throughout the event. Shuppert’s best performance was in the 100 backstroke as she finished third in 1:02.67, making the Olympic Trial cut. She finished first in the 50 backstroke (29.23) and in the 200 medley relay (1:57.81). Shuppert continued her relay success in the 200 freestyle relay (sixth in 1:48.80), 400 medley relay (second in 4:18.70) and the 400 freestyle relay (fourth in 3:56.78). In the 200 backstroke, Shuppert finished fifth in the A-Final after touching the wall in 2:17.45 in preliminaries. In addition, Shuppert competed in the 100 breaststroke, 800 freestyle relay and the 200 individual medley.
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U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifiers:
Brendan Driscoll: 800 freestyle, 8:08.35
Brendan Driscoll: 1500 freestyle, 15:39.43
Sarah Snyder: 100 butterfly, 1:00.69
Emma Shuppert: 100 backstroke, 1:02.67