NCAP’s Catherine Purnell Sends Verbal to Duke for 2020

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Catherine Purnell of Nation’s Capital Swim Club has verbally committed to Duke University. A senior at Stonewall Jackson High School in northern Virginia, she’s joining the Blue Devils’ class of 2024.

TOP TIMES

  • 200y free – 1:49.25
  • 500y free – 4:49.96
  • 1000y free – 9:57.18
  • 1650y free – 16:37.73
  • 200y back – 1:59.36
  • 100y fly – 54.81
  • 200y fly – 1:58.45
  • 200y IM – 2:00.52
  • 400y IM – 4:13.98

Purnell is incredibly versatile, with strengths in distance free, back, fly, and IM. She would’ve ranked in the top four on Duke’s 2018-19 roster in the 200 free, 1650 free, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Purnell also would’ve been Duke’s second-best miler last year.

At last year’s ACC Championships, Purnell would’ve scored at 15th in the mile, made B finals in the 400 IM and 200 fly, and made C finals in the 500 free and 200 IM.

Purnell joins Aleyna OzkanCatherine BelyakovEmily Lenihan, Emily Gjertsen and Sarah Foley in Duke’s class of 2024.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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