Duke Picks Up Verbal Commitment from In-state Sprint Champ John Day

John Day of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has announced via social media that he verbally committed to swim for Duke University next fall. He will join future class of 2022 commits Colson Zucker and Henry Wu.

“Excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at Duke University this coming fall! #gobluedevils”

Day won the 50 free at this year’s North Carolina State Meet. As a senior at North Davidson High School, he claimed gold in the 50 free with the only sub-22 (21.71) in the field at the 1A/2A State NCHSAA Championships. Day was runner-up in the 200 free (1:44.50) and led off both free relays for North Davidson.

Day swims year-round for YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Riptyde. He specializes mainly in sprint freestyle and competed in the 50/100/200 free and 100 fly individually at 2017 YMCA Short Course Nationals. His best SCY times come from the 2017 YOTA Capital Classic last December, where he won the 100 free, was runner-up in the 50, and placed fourth in the 200.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 21.11
  • 100 free – 46.38
  • 200 free – 1:41.84
  • 100 fly – 51.83
  • 200 fly – 1:53.70

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Great times, but he is really going to have to up his game to be a key contributor


I’m assuming he’s a walk on because he’s committing so late. He probably is just overjoyed to have the chance to swim and study at Duke and just be a part of the team

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Very true, still a great accomplishment nonetheless. Congratulations John!


Whatever the case, he is good swimmer doing something worthy and attending a top notch school. Let’s try to support our youth and wish them well.


Really….. he is swimming in college and going to school to get an education and a real job after starring at a black line. It’s about the education not the pool. #swimmingisjustswimming


Ironic that you rip on the kids accomplishment and say it’s about the education and then misspell “staring”… good luck John!


John is a great guy and a hard worker. He will be a great addition to the Duke program. The times will come.


WSCoach, Thanks for posting a positive comment. I agree that John is a great guy, a hard worker and a great leader. I believe that he will be a great addition to the Duke team!


Congratulations John – Very proud of you!

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