Courtesy: Duke Athletics
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke swimming and diving program and head coach Dan Colella announced Tuesday the Blue Devils’ 2018-19 schedule. The slate includes four dual meets against ACC opponents, as well as fall trips to the Big Al Invite in Princeton, N.J., and the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn.
Duke’s home schedule features an October meeting with nationally-ranked squads from NC State, as well as a January tri-meet against Queens University of Charlotte and William & Mary. The Blue Devils’ road trips begin in October with a trip to Blacksburg, Va., to face the Hokies and Florida State and also include a dual meet finale against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“Our program is very excited for the upcoming season,” Colella said. “We are looking forward to the top-notch completion we will be facing. Adding a great meet like the Big Al Invite to our schedule ensures we will be performing at a high level throughout the season.”
The program kicks off the 2018-19 campaign in Blacksburg Oct. 13, opening action against Florida State and Virginia Tech for the second consecutive season. Duke’s men and women then return to Durham to host NC State Oct. 20.
Following the two weekends of ACC competition, the teams travel to Princeton, N.J., for the Big Al Invite Nov. 9-10. The Blue Devils will compete in an invitational format again later in the month over the course of three days at the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn.
Colella’s squads kick off the new year Jan. 12 with a regular season home finale against Queens University of Charlotte and William & Mary. Duke then wraps up the dual meet portion of the season in early February at North Carolina. The Blue Devil men and women have defeated their conference rivals in each of the past two meetings.
The Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational is slated for Feb. 8-10 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Duke returns to Greensboro, N.C., for the ACC Championships to kick off the postseason. The women’s championship runs Feb. 20-23, with the program’s divers also competing over that four-day stretch. The men’s team takes its turn at the conference championship the following week, Feb. 27-March 2.
The Blue Devil divers will head to Auburn, Ala., March 11-13 for the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships. The men’s and women’s programs will look to continue their success on the national stage at the NCAA Championships to round out the year. Women’s qualifiers compete March 20-23 at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas, followed by men’s qualifiers March 27-30 at the same facility.
The Duke women earned their highest finish at NCAAs since 2011 last spring, tying for 42nd while featuring a program-record 12 swimmers and divers at the 2018 edition of the national meet. 2018 graduates Leah Goldman (100-yard butterfly) and MaryEllen Targonski (platform diving) both took home honorable mention All-America accolades.
Behind the performances of divers Nathaniel Hernandez and Evan Moretti, the Blue Devil men tied for 33rd in the final team standings at last year’s NCAA Championships. Both divers achieved honorable mention All-America status, with Hernandez doing so in the platform competition and Moretti on the one-meter springboard.
2018-19 Duke Swimming and Diving Schedule
13 – vs. Florida State/Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., 11 a.m.
20 – vs. NC State, Durham, N.C., 11 a.m.
9-10 – Big Al Invite, Princeton, N.J., All Day
29 – Day One at Tennessee Invitational, Knoxville, Tenn., All Day
30 – Day Two at Tennessee Invitational, Knoxville, Tenn., All Day
1 – Day Three at Tennessee Invitational, Knoxville, Tenn., All Day
12 – vs. Queens University of Charlotte/William & Mary, Durham, N.C., 1 p.m.
1 or 2 – at North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
8-10 – Janis Hape Dowd Nike Cup Invitational, Chapel Hill, N.C., All Day
20-23 – Women’s ACC Championships, Greensboro, N.C., All Day
27 – Day One at Men’s ACC Championships, Greensboro, N.C., All Day
28 – Day Two at Men’s ACC Championships, Greensboro, N.C., All Day
1 – Day Three at Men’s ACC Championships, Greensboro, N.C., All Day
2 – Day Four at Men’s ACC Championships, Greensboro, N.C., All Day
11-13 – NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, Auburn, Ala., All Day
20-23 – Women’s NCAA Championships, Austin, Texas, All Day
27-30 – Men’s NCAA Championships, Austin, Texas, All Day