DURHAM, N.C. – Five members of the Duke women’s swimming and diving team have qualified for the NCAA Championships, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday.
The Blue Devils featured five swimmers who received invitations in nine individual races for the NCAA Championship meet March 20-23 in Austin, Texas. All five of Duke’s relays are also eligible to compete at the national championships.
Duke’s divers will have an opportunity to qualify for the national meet at the NCAA Zone B Championships in Auburn, Ala., March 11-13.
Senior Maddie Hess will make her fourth career appearance at NCAAs, earning top-35 seeds in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 and 200 backstroke. She was a championship finalist in both backstroke events at the ACC Championships and finished ninth overall in the 50 freestyle.
Junior Alyssa Marsh was selected to the NCAA field for the third time in as many seasons and is seeded 17th in the 100 butterfly, 19th in the 50 freestyle and 23rd in the 100 freestyle. She raced to top-five finishes in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly during the ACC Championships. Classmate Kylie Jordan is headed back to NCAAs for a second straight year, garnering the No. 11 seed in the 100 butterfly after capturing All-ACC accolades in that event. Jordan is also eligible to compete in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley with NCAA provisional time standards in those events.
A pair of Blue Devil freshmen will make their first NCAA appearances following strong performances in Greensboro at the conference championship. Cabell Ann Whitlow is seeded 32nd in the 200 butterfly and Melissa Pish 36th in the 200 freestyle. Pish is also owns NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 100 and 500 freestyle, as does Whitlow in the 200 individual medley. Whitlow was seventh in the 200 butterfly at ACCs and Pish ninth in the 200 freestyle.
The Duke women will be represented at the NCAA Championships for the seventh consecutive season and 12th time overall. Historically, Duke women’s swimmers and divers have totaled 12 individual All-America honors under the watch of head coach Dan Colella.
Leah Goldman (100 butterfly) and MaryEllen Targonski (platform diving) both garnered honorable mention All-America accolades to help the Blue Devils tie for 42nd in the final team standings at the 2018 NCAA Championships. The finish marked the highest for the women’s program since 2011.
2019 NCAA Swimming Qualifiers
Maddie Hess: 50 Free (22.22), 100 Back (52.27), 200 Back (1:53.82)
Kylie Jordan: 100 Fly (51.42)
Alyssa Marsh: 50 Free (22.07), 100 Free (48.27), 100 Fly (51.87)
Melissa Pish: 200 Free (1:45.08)
Cabell Ann Whitlow: 200 Fly (1:55.93)
Eligible Relays – Duke
200 Free Relay (1:28.93)
400 Free Relay (3:15.32)
800 Free Relay (7:05.52)
200 Medley Relay (1:36.77)
400 Medley Relay (3:34.28)