YEOSU, South Korea – Ashley Twichell, a 2011 graduate of Duke, secured a trip to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with a top-10 finish in the women’s open water 10K event at the 18th FINA World Championships.
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Twichell earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic 2020 Team for the first time in her career with her sixth-place finish in the event, finishing with a time of 1:54:50.5. She will be joined at the Olympic 2020 Games by fellow American Haley Anderson, who finished second in the event with a time of 1:54:48.1. Twichell added a top-eight finish in the women’s open water 5K in South Korea and, in the pool, was fourth in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle
Blue Devil head coach Dan Colella and the swimming and diving program released this week the 2019-20 competition schedule. The Duke squads will look to carry the success of a historic 2018-19 season into the coming year, as the newest campaign kicks off Oct. 12.
The 2019-20 schedules are highlighted by a pair of home duals. Duke’s slate features dual meets against seven men’s and women’s squads that earned top-25 finishes at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
“Duke swimming and diving is coming off an exceptional year both in the pool and in the classroom,” Colella said. “We are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2019-20 campaign, as we have put together a terrific schedule – one that has both new and traditional competitors.”
The Blue Devil swimming and diving program will send representatives to the sport’s premiere stage for the third consecutive Olympics. Abby Johnston was a finalist in women’s three-meter springboard diving, competing for the United States, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where Duke head diving coach Nunzio Esposto also served as a member of the USA Diving coaching staff.
Johnston captured a silver medal in women’s three-meter synchronized diving and Nick McCrory took home bronze in men’s 10-meter synchronized diving at the 2012 London Olympics. McCrory was also a platform finalist individually in London.
In addition, former Blue Devil swimmer Nancy Hogshead – a member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1994 – won three golds and silver at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Twichell is also slated to compete in the women’s 5K event, scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 16. She is eligible to race in the pool as well in South Korea, in the 1,500-meter freestyle.