The ACC announced the recipients of the ACC conferences swimming and diving awards Thursday, with junior Duke Nick McCrory receiving Mens diver of the year honors and diving coach Drew Johansen taking home coach of the Year accolades.
McCrory was named the conferences diver of the year for the third time in his career following a season which saw him win his third NCAA title on the 10-meter platform, garner All-America accolades in all three diving disciplines and become the first male diver in the history of the ACC to sweep all three events at the ACC Championships.
At the ACC Championships, he took first in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform competitions while breaking his own conference record on the 3-meter board to earn the MVP honors for the third time in as many years.
McCrory then went on to win the 1-meter and platform events at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, and turned in a pair of runner-up finishes on the springboards at the NCAA Championships before capturing his third national championship on the platform.
Johansen guided McCrory and senior Jordan Long to qualify for the NCAA championships. He mentored McCrory through a banner year of competition on all three diving disciplines and also coached Long to the best year of his career, as he finished eighth on the 3-meter board at the ACC Championships and qualified to the NCAA championships for the first time in his career. Under Johansens tutelage, six Duke divers four men and two women scored for the Blue Devils at the ACC championships.
Duke: Senior Brinson Paolini is one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, as announced Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Paolini is joined as a finalist by Evan Beck (Wake Forest), Pedro Figueiredo (UCLA), Charlie Hughes (Washington) and Andrew Yun (Stanford).
Paolini, currently No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, is enjoying a terrific senior season that has included seven top 20 finishes and three team titles. She leads the Blue Devils in stroke average (72.1), top 5 finishes (3), top 10 finishes (4), under-par rounds (9), even-par or better rounds (11), pars per round (11.55) and putting (29.25).