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Duke finishes season with 9th-place finish at ACC Championships

Duke wrapped up the 2007 ACC Championships at North Carolina's Koury Natatorium in ninth place with 128 points and a string of record finishes.

The story of Saturday's final day of action was senior Kevin Arthofer, who has struggled all season with his recovery from a shoulder injury. Arthofer swam his way to secure a spot in the 200-yard breast finals, placing sixth for 13 points and setting a personal-best and season-best time of 2:01.94.

"It was my last race and a good way to end my stint at Duke," Arthofer said. "When you're in the finals, you're locked in at eighth place, so the only way you can go is up. That night you come in, and you have one thing in mind."

In the 400 free relay, Jacob McCafferty, David Carlson, Matt Rinehart and Scott Champagne clinched ninth for 18 points, posting a season-best time of 3:06.96.

Also setting a personal and season record was Tim McKeever, who finished in 15:51.00 in the 1,650 free event, and Champagne, who touched in 1:53.15 in the 200 back bonus finals.

In Friday's 400 medley relay, Arthofer McCafferty, David Hahn and David Carlson notched a season-best 3:23.81 to place eighth, adding 22 points to Duke's score.

Arthofer also contributed to Duke's tally in the 100 breast consolation finals, placing 10th for seven points.

Champagne, a junior, set a season-best and personal-best in the 400 individual medley bonus finals with a time of 4:01.93. In the 100 butterfly preliminaries, McCafferty set a personal and season record with his 50.52 finish. Rinehart notched a season-best 1:43.76 in the 200 free preliminaries.

"We were overall pleased with what we saw," head coach Dan Colella said. "We finished in the same position we were in last year, but one of the things we wanted to accomplish this year was to get more swimmers in the evening finals, and we definitely accomplished that."


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