The Duke men and women came away from their double dual with Old Dominion and William & Mary with straight W’s. These two wins move both the male and female Blue Devil squads to undefeated 5-0 records; the first time in program history that both teams have been undefeated in fall dual meets. The Men took down their competition against ODU and W&M with scores of 181-106 and 164-108; while the women finished with records of 177-100 and 181-87.
One of the stand competitors for Duke included swims by freshman Maddie Hess. She broke a pool and school record when the she touched in 53.95 in the 100 back, all the while earning a NCAA provisional cut. She also bested the school record in the 200 back by almost half a second, touching in 1:57.09.
William & Mary had a strong performance in the 1000 free, with Morgan Smith and Hannah Vester taking second and third, respectively. Lexy Aitchison of Duke was able to pull out a win by 10 seconds in this event. Later she went on to take second in the 100 free (52.26) to teammate Chelsea Ye (51.63).
Duke went on to sweep the 100 back with Hess, Mickayla Hinkle and Leah Goldman finishing in 53.95, 54.89 and 55.02. Goldman also took first in the 100 fly (54.40).
ODU scored first and second place points in the 400 IM with Emilie Petit and Julia Vido.
Other key event winners for Duke included:
- Verity Abel– 200 free (1:52.19)
- Ashleigh Stanley– 100 breast (1:04.35)
- Isa Paez– 200 fly (1:59.70), 500 free (5:01.71).
- Maddie Rusch– 50 free (23.09).
- Abby Artmann– 200 breast (2:22.24)
Duke started the meet off strong with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 medley relay. The “A” team, which consisted of Kaz Takabavashi, Peter Kropp, David Armstrong, and James Peek, finished in 1:26.73. This race was good for the nation’s third fasted time in this event to date as well as another pool record. Kropp went on to win the 100 breast (53.93) , while Takabavashi took first in the 200 fly (1:48.16). Peek would go on to lead the Blue Devils to top four finishes in the 50 free, where he was followed by Armstrong, Victor Chen and Benedict Parfit -all touching between 20.14 and 20.87. Peek also took first in the 100 free (45.77), Chen touched first in the 200 breast (2:03.22), and Armstrong took first in the 100 fly (48.47). Duke’s Riley Hickman was also a double event winner in the 200 free (1:39.97) and 500 free (4:36.61).
Like the women’s team, W&M was able to pull out second and third place finishes in the 1000 free with Eric Grimes and Conrad Zamparello touching shortly after Duke’s Marco Hosfeld.
William & Mary’s Will Manion was a double individual event winner in the 100 back (49.33) and 200 back (1:49.06). Other point earners for W&M included Jeremiah O’Donnell and Conrad Zamparello in the 400 IM.
The Duke men swept the top three spots in the 100 breast with Kropp, Dylan Payne, and Michael Seaberg.
Both Old Dominion and the Blue Devils will return to action from November 19-21, when they attend the Nike Cup Invitational. William & Mary will attend the Bucknell Invite from November 20-22nd.