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Duke takes 8th at ACCs

The men's swimming and diving team competed in the ACC Championships February 25th-28th at Charlottesville Va. Although the Blue Devils finished in 8th position, several Duke swimmers put up strong individual performances over the four days of competition.

Virginia won the event, capturing its sixth-consecutive ACC Championship. The Blue Devils earned 123 points and ended the competition 160 points short of seventh-place Maryland.

  

      Junior John Humphrey contributed the most points to his team's effort. His ninth-place finish in the 400 IM, which he swam in 3:58.40, was tops among the Blue Devils. Humphrey also earned points finishing the 200 IM in 1:52.29, good for 14th place.

  

      Humphrey was also a part of the Duke 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays, which both set school records. On Thursday, Humphrey, Kevin Arthofer, Billy Pearce, and Chris Brede finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:23.42, a Duke best, and the following evening, Humphrey, Arthofer, Pearce, and freshman Alex Sidelnik shattered the school record in the 400 medley relay by posting a time of 3:24.08.

  

      In addition to his performance in the relays, Arthofer earned points by finishing 10th in both the 200 and 100 yard breaststroke events, clocking in at times of 56.75 and 2:03.45 respectively.

  

      Pearce and sophomore Andy Storm were the final two Blue Devils to score. Pearce finished 15th in the 200 backstroke, and Storm finished 16th in the 200 breaststroke.

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