Duke’s McCrory at dive championships

From News ReleasesDecember 17, 2013 

— Senior diver Nick McCrory is in Austin, Texas for the USA Diving Winter National Championships at the University of Texas.

McCrory will compete in the men’s 3-meter springboard event beginning with the preliminaries Wednesday. The semifinals will also take place Wednesday, and the final is set for Saturday.

The ACC’s top performer in 1-meter, 3-meter and platform diving this season, McCrory has been named ACC Male Diver of the Week three times, most recently after sweeping the three disciplines last month at the Nike Cup.

A Chapel Hill native and three-time NCAA platform diving champion, McCrory has posted season-best scores of 446.5 on the 1-meter board, 477.65 at the 3-meter height and 460.3 on the platform to surpass the NCAA Zone Diving Championships standards in all three events.

Soccer

N.C. State: Alexa Allen, a recent transfer from Auburn, has been selected by the Jamaica Football Federation to participate in the CONCACAF U20 tournament with the Jamaican national team. Prior to the tournament, she will participate in two team camps with the Reggae Girlz, the first of which will start Wednesday in Jamaica.

These camps will serve as preparation for the national team’s U20 CONCACAF Championship to be held Jan. 9-19 in the Cayman Islands. The U20 CONCACAF Championship is an important step in qualifying for the 2014 U20 World Cup, which will take place in Canada. The top three nations at the end of the CONCACAF Championship will earn the region’s three bids to the 2014 U20 World Cup.

In Group A play, Allen and Jamaica will take on Guatemala (Jan. 9), the United States (Jan. 11), and Costa Rica (Jan. 13). In the match against the United States, Allen will likely square off against future Wolfpack teammate Jackie Stengel, who was selected to train with the U.S. squad.

Basketball

Elon: The Phoenix men’s team won Southern Conference Player of the Week honors for the second straight week as senior Sebastian Koch picked up the accolade Tuesday. Tanner Samson earned the honor last week.

Koch led all scorers with a career-high 27 points as Elon fell at 21st-ranked Colorado 80-63 on Friday. He scored all his points from beyond the arc as he went 9-of-14 from 3-point range.

Football

Duke: Receiver Jamison Crowder was named to the Sports Illustrated All-America second team as a punt returner, and redshirt freshman safety DeVon Edwards received honorable mention honors as a kickoff returner.

Crowder, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior, broke school records with 96 receptions and 1,197 receiving yards this season to lead the ACC in receptions and rank second in receiving yards. He scored 10 touchdowns this season, including seven receiving, two on punt returns and one rushing, while totaling 1,669 all-purpose yards.

Also an All-ACC first team selection at wide receiver and punt returner, Crowder averages 16.0 yards per punt return with his two return touchdowns covering 82 and 76 yards. His 1,669 all-purpose yards are the second-most in school history and trail the school record by 180.

Crowder’s 96 receptions are two shy of tying the ACC single-season record held by Wake Forest’s Kenneth Moore. He has at least four receptions in every game this season and at least 10 catches three times in 2013. His six 100-yard games this season are tied for Duke’s single-season record.

Edwards took over as Duke’s primary kickoff returner in Week 5 and has since averaged an ACC-leading 31.1 yards per kickoff return with two touchdowns covering 100 and 99 yards. He has four total touchdowns – two on interception returns – this season despite not playing a single offensive snap.

A Walter Camp Foundation All-America second team selection and a Freshman All-America choice by Sporting News, Edwards accounted for three touchdowns in Duke’s 38-20 win against N.C. State on Nov. 9, returning two interceptions for scores and a 100-yard kickoff return. His interception returns came on back-to-back plays and covered 25 and 45 yards.

Also a starter at safety, Edwards has logged 55 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups in six starts. He has reached double-digit tackles twice and secured the game-winning interception with 13 seconds remaining in Duke’s school-record 10th victory of the year at North Carolina on Nov. 30.

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