2018 W. NCAAs: Duncan First Ever Female EMU Swimmer to Qualify for A-Finals


Eastern Michigan University’s Delaney Duncan became the first woman ever from her school to qualify for an individual A-final at an NCAA Championship Friday morning.

Duncan, a junior, is the 2-seed behind Indiana’s Lilly King after going 58.36 in prelims. Her previous best was 58.37 from the 2018 Mid-American Conference Championships last month, but that swim was her first drop in 2 years (she was 59.46 at the 2016 MAC Championships).

She’s also seeded 44th in the 200 breast Saturday with her school record of 2:11.13. In addition to the breaststroke events, she holds the EMU record in the 200IM — 2:01.04, but went 2:03.08 in prelims Thursday.

The school began its athletic program in the NAIA, and its men’s team won the NAIA title from 1968-1971. The school then transitioned to NCAA Division II, where the men’s team won a title in 1972. The team transitioned to DI in the mid-1970s.

EMU’s Head Coach Peter Linn is in his 29th season with the team.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in Media Studies and American Studies at Claremont McKenna College. When she's not writing about swimming or baseball, you can probably find her listening to a podcast or in a pool ... and/or watching Seinfeld, which she just realized is funny.

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