College Notebook

Duke’s McCrory adds to his haul of honors

News ServicesMay 7, 2013 

— After earning NCAA first-team All-America honors in March at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship, junior diver Nick McCrory of Duke received All-America recognition Tuesday from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

A nine-time first-team All-American across the three diving disciplines, McCrory won his third national title this spring in the men’s platform event.

He also was runner-up on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards to garner All-America honors in all three events.

A Chapel Hill native, his performance at the championship meet secured the Duke men a 17th-place finish out of 40 programs in the final team standings. It was the highest finish for the men’s program during McCrory’s career in Durham.

Overall, McCrory closed out the 2012-13 campaign with an NCAA title, three All-America accolades and three ACC titles. He was the most valuable men’s diver at the ACC championships and the ACC Male Diver of the Year, in addition to becoming the most decorated diver in the history of the ACC with a total of seven conference crowns for his career.


Duke: Five members of the women’s team earned Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Region honors. as announced by the organization Wednesday. Junior defender Taylor Virden made the first team, and sophomores Kerrin Maurer, Gabby Moise and Taylor Trimble and freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea made second team.

• The Blue Devils swept ACC women’s player of the week honors for the third time this season after an 18-9 victory against Boston University on Sunday in the regular-season finale. Freshman attacker Kelci Smesko was named offensive player of the week, and sophomore defender Gabby Moise was named defensive player of the week for the second time this spring.

• Duke freshman Myles Jones was selected ACC Offensive Player of the Week after his five-point outing at Marquette on Sunday. This is the first award for Jones and the sixth weekly honor for the Blue Devils overall.


The Duke women’s team will travel to Norman, Okla., to compete in the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday through Saturday at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. N.C. State, Campbell, Coastal Carolina and Wake Forest will also be in the region.


Duke’s Alexis Jones, Oderah Chidom and Kendall Cooper were invited to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team trials on May 16-18.

Xylina McDaniel of North Carolina was also invited.

Miami coach Katie Meier will be the head coach of the U19 squad, with assistants Nikki Caldwell of Louisiana State and Kelly Graves of Gonzaga.

Track and Field

Duke: Redshirt junior Austin Gamble was named ACC Performer of the Week. Gamble broke his school record in the men’s discus with a mark of 190 feet, 3 inches Sunday at the Duke Twilight at Wallace Wade Stadium.


High Point: The Big South Conference announced that Shawn Sloan was awarded the league’s George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence. The award is given to the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest GPA during their college careers.

Sloan graduated in the fall with a degree in biochemistry, finishing with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

He was drafted and signed by the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer in January. He intends to attend medical school when he finishes his professional career.

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