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Duke Prepped for Wolfpack Invitational

DURHAM – The Duke swimming and diving program closes out the fall portion of the season this week at the Wolfpack Invitational. The meet will run Thursday through Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC


No. NR/24 Duke is one of nine teams competing at the event, joining No. 13/22 Arizona State, Army, James Madison, No. 21/15 North Carolina, No. 4/3 NC State, No. 25/NR Penn State, No. 10/2 Stanford and UNC Wilmington. Only the diving teams will compete for James Madison and UNC Wilmington.

Preliminaries will begin at 9:30 am each day with finals taking place in the evening at 5:30 pm Diving events will begin at 11 am with the consolation finals following the preliminaries. The top finals will be in the evening beginning at 6 pm

The meet will be scored to 24 places and hold five heats of finals in the 50 freestyle, four heats in the 100- and 200-yard events and three heats in the 400- and 500-yard events. There will not be a preliminary for the 1,650 freestyle on Saturday.

Thursday, Nov. 18
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle Relay
200 Individual Medley Relay
50 Freestyle
400 Medley Relay
Women’s Three-Meter Diving
Men’s One-Meter Diving

Friday, Nov. 19
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
800 Freestyle Relay
Women’s One-Meter Diving
Men’s Three-Meter Diving

Saturday, Nov. 20
1,650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay
Platform Diving

General public parking for the meet will be available at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Masking is required in the GAC regardless of vaccination status. The GAC’s guidelines can be found on their website HERE.

Live results will be updated throughout the meet on Meet Mobile. Diving results can be found on The meet will not be live streamed.

The Duke women’s swimming and diving team has opened the young 2021-22 season with a 4-0 record, one of the best starts in program history.

Duke’s 4-0 record is the program’s best since the 2015-16 season, marking just the fifth time in program history that the Blue Devils have opened the season with four consecutive dual meet wins.

Freshman diver Margo O’Meara was named the ACC Women’s Diver of the Week, the conference announced on Nov. 9.

O’Meara, a native of St. Louis, Mo., won both the one- and three-meter boards over the experienced Georgia Tech diving squad in No. 24 Duke’s 199-101 win against the Yellow Jackets. She scored 319.50 on the one-meter springboard and 348.98 on the three-meter. O’Meara remains undefeated on both boards this season as the Blue Devils improve to 4-0, the program’s best start since 2015-16.

The Duke swimming and diving team split meets with Georgia Tech on Saturday at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. The 24th-ranked Duke women beat the Yellow Jackets 199-101 while the men came up short to No. 19 Georgia Tech, 127-173.

“We were very proud of how we competed today,” head coach Dan Colella said. “This was the third straight week of racing and they have improved every week. We needed individuals to really step up today and they responded well. This was true team effort. They have set themselves up very nicely heading into the fall invitational in two weeks .”

Freshman Yixuan Chang continued her impressive form, taking first in all three individual events she competed in. Changing clocked a career-best 1:48.01 in the 200 freestyle, while touching at 4:54.22 in the 500 freestyle. Sophomore Catherine Purnell placed second in the 500 freestyle (4:58.78). In the 200 individual medley, Chang led a sweep of the top three spots with a time of 2:02.62 while sophomore Catherine Belyakov and Purnell recorded marks of 2:03.90 and 2:05.63, respectively.

For the full recap of all the action, click HERE.

Former Duke diver Nick McCrory was selected to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) centennial list of the 100 Greatest Swimmers & Divers.

Nearly three thousand athletes were nominated, with a blue-ribbon panel of current and former college swimmers, coaches, and members of the media making selections from a list of 973 finalists. Eighty-six swimmers and 14 divers were selected. They hail from 28 states and 13 countries. Highlights of the selections include 12 members of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and 59 Olympians.

McCrory was stellar while at Duke, rewriting the record books and capturing titles at the highest stage. He was a four-time national champion in platform diving, winning the title in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was an 11-time All-American, 10-time ACC Champion, four-time ACC Most Valuable Men’s Diver and four -time ACC Men’s Diver of the Year.

To read the full release, click HERE.

Following the holiday break and Duke’s annual training trip, the Blue Devils return to action on Jan. 8, 2022 as Duke hosts Tennessee and Queens University at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion on campus.

For more information on Duke swimming and diving, follow the Blue Devils on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeSwimDive”.


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