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Men's swimming fights through Day 1 of ACCs

After six events at the ACC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, the Blue Devils stand in eighth place buoyed by strong performances from sophomore John Humphrey in the 200 individual medley, and eighth-place finishes from both the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay teams.

Coming into the championships, Humphrey had the tenth-fastest time in the conference in the 200 IM with a top-time of 1:51.91. Yesterday, Humphrey finished 12th overall with the time of 1:51.10. However, in the preliminary round in the morning, Humphrey raced a blistering 1:50.57 to set the Duke school record.

The 200 freestyle relay, comprised of juniors Matt Olmsted, Trevor Yates and Chris Brede, and freshman Billy Pearce, recorded a season-best time of 1:25.21.

Pearce, Humphrey, Yates and freshman Ben Rowland made up the 400 medley relay that also set a season-best time of 3:26.30.

In the diving competition, sophomore Tim Hyer came in 11th place in the one meter diving board event.

Several other Blue Devils set personal best times, though none were able to place in the top-10 of their respective events.

Virginia has a commanding lead with 248 points. Duke has accumulated 55 points, but will look to close the gap beginning at 11 a.m. this morning at North Carolina's Koury Natatorium. Event finals are expected to begin at 7 p.m.

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