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Duke sets records but finishes 9th

Scoring points in 12-of-21 events but never placing higher than seventh, the men’s swimming and diving team came in ninth out of 10 teams at the ACC Championships this weekend.

With several ranked squads in the mix at Georgia Tech, Duke was overmatched at the meet but still broke six school records.

The record charge came from the seniors, who swam for the final time as Blue Devils. David Peck set two individual Duke records and swam on three record-setting relay squads, and John Humphrey set the record in the 100-yard butterfly and was part of two of those relay efforts.

“Our seniors really had a great meet,” assistant coach Lauren Hancock said. “School records being broken at such a big meet is great for us. From day one they swam really well.”

In the 400 medley relay, Peck and Humphrey combined with sophomore Kevin Arthofer and junior Billy Pearce to score 22 points with an eighth-place time of 3:22.21, which bested the previous Duke record by more than 1.5 seconds. Peck’s leadoff time of 50.35 also shaved .05 seconds off the Duke record in the 100-yard backstroke.

Humphrey’s individual record came in a time trial when he swam the 100-yard butterfly in 49.74 seconds to beat the previous Duke record by 49.86.

Senior Tim Hyer also placed 10th in the 3-meter diving event to score seven points for the Blue Devils for the second time in the meet.

The two other team bests were set in the 200-yard medley relay Wednesday and the 200-yard freestyle relay Thursday.

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