Junior Nick McCrory took second in the men’s 1-meter springboard competition to lead Duke on the first day of the Tennessee Diving Invitational, which continues through Saturday in Knoxville.
McCrory, who returned to college action Thursday after a year of training which culminated in a bronze medal in synchronized platform diving at the 2012 London Olympics, qualified for Thursday’s 1-meter finals with a ninth-place showing in the event preliminaries (303.00).
In the 1-meter finals, McCrory earned an NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying mark of 319.75 to finish second of 12 divers.
Mount Olive: Mount Olive earned a preseason top five national ranking for the second straight year, coming in at No. 3 in the 2013 Collegiate Baseball Division II Preseason Poll. The Trojans were ranked No. 5 in last year’s preseason poll and spent three weeks at No. 1 during the regular season.
Mount Olive posted a 44-10 record last year and played host to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional for the second consecutive year as the Trojans won their third straight Conference Carolinas championship. The Trojans were 21-5 in conference play in 2012.
The Trojans return seven of 11 All-Conference Carolinas players from last year.
Duke: Senior Lindy Duncan and the U.S. team opened the 2013 Copa de las Americas competition in tied for second place overall after the opening round at the Doral Resort and Spa in Miami.
Duncan, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., carded a round of 76 and the U.S. team posted an overall score of 295, which is only two shots off the team lead. Argentina totaled a five-over par 293 and leads the action. The U.S. is tied with Colombia in second place, while Mexico (298) and Canada (300) rounded out the top five.