Following a tough ACC test on the road Friday, Duke still has a ways to go before it can match up evenly with the top tier of its conference.
The Blue Devil men's team lost to No. 25 Virginia 169-131, and the No. 23 Duke women lost 182-115 to the 14th-ranked Cavaliers in a dual meet at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville, Va. The Blue Devils took first place in 13 of the 32 events, not quite enough to challenge for the victory on either side.
The men's 200-yard medley relay team was Duke's only relay to take home first place, as Max St. George, Sean Tate, Yusuke Legard and Miles Williams touched the finish line 1:28.64, 0.34 seconds ahead of Virginia's A-team. Those four men were also responsible for five individual first-place finishes. Legard won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, St. George swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke races and Williams won the 50-yard freestyle.
Verity Abel was the star of the women's team, winning the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle with ease. Alyssa Marsh added a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, and Leah Goldman took home the 100-yard individual medley title.
Duke also nearly swept the diving events. Evan Moretti and Nathaniel Hernandez won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions, respectively, and MaryEllen Targonski won for the women on the 1-meter board.
The Blue Devils will now get nearly a month off before competing at the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 30-Dec. 2.