GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Blue Devil men opened action at the 2014 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Wednesday evening by notching three all-time top-10 program marks between two relay events.
The first event of the three-and-a-half day meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center saw freshman Kaz Takabayashi, senior Hunter Knight, freshman Joey Maginnis and freshman James Peek combine for an eighth-place finish out of 10 squads in the 200-yard medley relay. Anchored by Peek’s freestyle split of 19.16, the Duke men turned in a season-best time of 1:27.35 for the second-fastest showing in school history.
Takabayashi then returned to the pool for the 800 freestyle relay, teaming with fellow freshmen Bradley Cline, Michael Miller and Peter Kropp to break the program record with a 6:34.65 clocking. That performance placed the Blue Devils ninth out of 10 relays in the event, while Cline’s leadoff leg of 1:37.85 surpassed the NCAA provisional standard in the 200 freestyle and ranked him fourth on Duke’s all-time charts.
Through the first two events of the meet, the Blue Devil men totaled 84 points to place ninth out of 10 teams in the conference. NC State won both relays on the opening night of competition to take the early lead with 128 points, while Virginia Tech was in second (110), Notre Dame third (104) and Florida State and Virginia tied for fourth (102).
Duke scored 125 points in the diving events last week in Greensboro, with senior Nick McCrory sweeping the titles in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform competitions for the second consecutive year. McCrory was also named the ACC Most Valuable Men’s Diver for the fourth time in his career, becoming the only four-time winner of the event in the history of the ACC.
The ACC Championship continues Thursday, Feb. 27 with the preliminaries and finals of the 500 freestyle, 200 IM and the 50 freestyle. The morning session begins at 11 a.m. while evening finals will go off at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on TheACC.com. Live results will also be available throughout the day.