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McCrory, Johnston dominate ACCs as Duke women finish 6th

As the ACC women’s swimming and men and women’s diving championships came to a close Saturday night, a pair of Duke divers stood apart from the field.

The women’s swimming team finished sixth overall, but the highlights of the weekend came from sophomore Abby Johnston and freshman Nick McCrory, who were named women’s and men’s most valuable diver, respectively.

The swimming team’s showing was full of personal bests, as freshman Emily Kintz turned in a Duke record 1:59.47 in the 200-meter backstroke, and senior Elizabeth Bellew swam a season-best 2:01.19 in the 200-meter butterfly.

The weekend belonged to Johnston and McCrory, however. Johnston finished seventh in the women’s platform, won the 1-meter springboard with an ACC Championship record and also won the 3-meter, setting an all-time conference record.

McCrory, who has dominated the sport of men’s diving since his arrival at Duke, had a sterling weekend at the meet. The freshman finished second in the 3-meter, but set an all-time pool record in the 1-meter, and set an all-time conference record in his men’s platform victory­—which featured a dive that drew perfect 10s from all judges.

The men’s swimming team will travel to Chapel Hill Wednesday for its ACC Championship meet.

—from staff reports

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