DURHAM – Duke Swimming & diving celebrated the 2021-22 season and hosted its year-end banquet Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
While celebrating the success of the 2021-22 season, Duke presented four team awards. The awards presented were Most Valuable Athlete, Most Outstanding Performance, Blue Devil Award and the new Matt McKenna Above and Beyond Award.
“I want to thank all of our seniors who have meant so much to so many people in this team,” the head coach said. Dan Colella mentioned. “They’ve given everything they’ve had over the past four years to help this program be in a better place than when they arrived. I know they’re going to do some wonderful things in the future, I have can’t wait to see what these things are and we know they will always be part of the DSDT family.”
“To our recipients, congratulations. They are all incredibly well deserved. A special new award is the Matt McKenna Award Above and Beyond. This award honors the passing of Matt McKenna last spring, a very difficult time. Matt was a young man who started as a team manager, became a team member as a varsity swimmer and did so many things in his life for people always with the idea of moving people forward and kindness.”
Duke enjoyed a plethora of success in its 2021-22 season. The Blue Devils have recorded 10 program records, 37 top five times and 78 top 10 times in program history. Duke also saw two ACC championships and five All-ACC honors, the most in a single season since 2014, while the women placed fifth in the competition to tie their best result in school lore.
Diver Margo O’Meara was named the Women’s Team Most Valuable Athlete. O’Meara has been stellar in his rookie campaign. The St. Louis, Missouri native was named the ACC Meet Diver at the ACC Championship, winning both the one-meter and rig events. At the NCAA Championship, O’Meara was a two-time All-American, earning first-team honors in one-meter diving and an honorable mention in three-meter diving. O’Meara was a four-time ACC Diver of the Week and placed in the top three in program history in all three collegiate diving events.
Second year Seamus Harding Jr., was named the Men’s Team Most Valuable Athlete. Harding Jr., enjoyed his sophomore season, earning his first career All-ACC honor at the ACC Championship. Her score of 376.30, the third highest score in program history, placed second in the platform diving event at the ACC Championship. Harding Jr., narrowly missed out on NCAA qualifying, placing eighth in platform diving at the Zone B Diving Championship.
The Blue Devil Award is given to those who exemplify the true character of a Duke student-athlete. They are committed to improving their team in academics, athletics, community service, motivation, encouragement, dedication and attitude. This year, the Blue Devil Award was given to seniors Lucy Callard and jeans day for their continued commitment to the program.
The Matt McKenna Above and Beyond Award was recently named in honor of Matt McKenna, a Duke alumnus in swimming and diving. Inaugural year recipients were juniors Catherine Beliakov and Coleman Kreditch. The pair were recognized for exceeding program expectations for dedication, work ethic, commitment and performance.
Belyakov had his best year yet at Duke, recording five top-10 finishes in program history this season. Kredich made his return to the water after being sidelined by injury in 2020-21. He swam twice in the individual top 10 in school tradition and two school record relays.
Four Blue Devils were recognized for the most outstanding performances. The award is given to a male and female swimmer and diver making reference to outstanding performance throughout the season.
Junior Sarah Foley and the men’s 400m freestyle relay team was named the most outstanding performances in swimming. Foley, who set five program records during the 2021-22 season, earned the honor after his stellar week at the ACC Championship. Foley swam two career best times that broke school records in the 200 freestyle and 200 IM. She earned two All-ACC accolades in the 200 freestyle (second) and 200 IM (second), while placing fourth in the 200 breaststroke.
The Junior Quartet Relay Coleman Kreditchjunior Charlie Gingrichjunior Brad Sanford and second Zach McIntyre earned the honor after breaking two program records at the ACC Championship. The foursome clocked the fastest times in program history in the 200 freestyle relay (1:17.86) and 400 freestyle relay (2:52.71).
O’Meara and Harding Jr. earned the most outstanding performances in diving for their ACC encounters.
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