DURHAM, N.C. - Following last weekend's home finale against South Carolina, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams will resume Atlantic Coast Conference competition Sunday, Jan. 20 when they take on Virginia at 12 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va. The diving events will take place Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Cavaliers will host the dual meet at the University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Live Results for Sunday's Meet Live results for this weekend's action in Charlottesville will be available on virginiasports.com. Fans can also follow the Blue Devils on Twitter (@Duke_SWIM_DIVE) for live updates throughout the meet.
Last Time Out The Blue Devils closed out the home portion of their 2012-13 slate last Saturday in a dual meet against South Carolina. Both teams turned in a number of standout performances but were unable to hold off the Gamecocks, falling 159-141 on the men's side and by a score of 184-115 on the women's side.
Duke swimmers and divers totaled 12 individual and two relay victories in the home finale, highlighted by junior Hunter Knight's wins in the men's 100-yard and 200 breaststroke. Knight eclipsed the Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion facility record with a 55.65 clocking in the 100 breaststroke, in addition to guiding the Blue Devils' 200 medley relay to a first-place finish. He was later named the Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance. Meanwhile, senior Ben Hwang was also a double winner for the Duke men, sweeping the 50 and 100 freestyle events. On the women's side, junior Christine Wixted took first in the women's 100 breaststroke for the fourth time this season and collected an NCAA provisional standard at the 200-yard distance (2:15.91). Junior Lauren Weaver, freshman Linsay Cooper, Wixted and freshman Chelsea Ye capped off the afternoon with a win in the 400 freestyle relay, combining for a time of 3:29.89.
The Blue Devil divers logged impressive performances all around, winning three of the four springboard diving events. Senior Abby Johnston took first in the women's 1-meter competition, while junior Nick McCrory won the men's 1-meter event and senior Jordan Long edged the field on the 3-meter board. Johnston garnered Atlantic Coast Conference Female Diver of the Week honors for her performance against South Carolina.
Duke in the National and Conference Landscape With an overall record of 2-4 and a 1-3 mark in the ACC, the Duke women are currently fifth in the conference standings with two dual meets remaining in the regular season. Meanwhile the Blue Devil men are 1-4 overall and 0-3 against conference competition to come in at eighth in the ACC standings.
Members of the men's and women's teams have turned in some of the nation's top times of the season, according to CollegeSwimming.com. Senior Hwang's time of 20.03 in the 50 freestyle is the 31st-best time in the country and the fifth-best in the ACC while Knight is ranked 48th nationally in the 100 breast with a 54.86 clocking, which is also good for the third-best time in the conference. Knight also owns the ACC's second-best time of the season in the 200 breaststroke at 1:59.80.
The women's 200 freestyle relay of Weaver, Wixted and freshmen Kathryn Eckhart and Chelsea Ye recorded a time of 1:33.32 at the Tennessee Invitational for the 49th-best clocking in the nation. Wixted is also ranked nationally in the 100 breaststroke (28th, 1:01.02) and the 200 IM (39th, 1:59.55), and leads the ACC in the 100 breaststroke and ranks second at the 200-yard distance. In addition, Weaver is ranked fifth in the conference in the 50 freestyle (22.83).
On the boards, McCrory leads the conference in 1-meter diving with a season-best score of 379.50. Long has earned the ACC's fourth-best score of the season at the 3-meter height while McCrory comes in at eighth. Johnston ranks fourth in the league in the 1-meter event with a season-best mark of 309.83.
Scouting the Competition The Virginia men are 4-1 and ranked 15th in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's national poll, while the 10th-ranked Cavalier women own a record of 5-0.
Jan Daniec leads the ACC in the men's 500 freestyle with an NCAA 'B' cut of 4:21.26 earlier this season, while teammate Bradley Phillips has posted the top time in the ACC in the 1,000 freestyle at 9:07.06. Taylor Grey owns the best mark in the 200 breaststroke (1:57.52), while the Cavaliers' 800 freestyle relay leads the conference with a 6:27.19 clocking.
On the women's side, Courtney Bartholomew has registered the top time in the ACC in the 100 backstroke (52.28) and the 200 backstroke (1:53.03). Ellen Williamson leads the league in the 200 IM (1:58.30), while Virginia's 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays are also first in the conference.
The Cavalier men and women take on ACC foe North Carolina Saturday before hosting the Blue Devils Sunday.
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