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Blue Devil women finish 4th at ACCs

Abby Johnston successfully defended the one- and three-meter diving titles in Atlanta this weekend.
Abby Johnston successfully defended the one- and three-meter diving titles in Atlanta this weekend.

The women’s swimming and diving team closed out the season in style this weekend at the Women’s ACC Championships in Atlanta, Ga., breaking 13 school records. In the diving competition, sophomore Nick McCrory and junior Abby Johnston also brought home the the men’s and women’s most valuable diver award, respectively.

Johnson, who won the one- and three-meter diving titles last year, successfully defended both in Atlanta, and broke her own ACC record in the one-meter dive. Freshman Haley Ishimatsu won her first ever ACC title as part of a record-breaking performance, scoring 351.65 in the platform dive.

McCrory continued his dominance on the men’s side, winning the one- and three-meter competitions for the second year running.

Senior Ashley Twitchell reclaimed the ACC title in the 1650 free after winning the event in 2009, setting an ACC record with a time of 15:54.15.

Cara Vogel set a new Duke record in the 200 back, finishing with a time of 1:15.66. Despite the record-setting time, Vogel placed fourth in a highly competitive race. Freshman Christine Wixted suffered a similar fate in the 200 breast, setting a school record of 2:12.27, but finishing fourth.

Overall, the Blue Devils finished in seventh with a collective score of 262.5. Virginia won the event with a 776.

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