Preview: Dukes Head To Fall Frenzy

Duquesne @ Fall Frenzy (Swimming)
Nov. 17, 2023 to Nov. 19, 2023
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center • Charlotte, NC

Duquesne @ WVU Invitational (Diving)
Nov. 17, 2023 to Nov. 19, 2023
The Aquatic Center at Mylan Park • Morgantown, W.Va.

Beyond The Breakers

– The Duquesne University swimming & diving team continues its 2023-24 season this weekend, splitting up into two competitions. The swimming team travels to Charlotte, NC, to take part in the Fall Frenzy, hosted by Queens University, while the diving squad heads to Morgantown, W.Va., to participate in the WVU Diving Invite. Both competitions begin Friday, Nov. 17, and conclude Sunday, Nov. 19.

– The Dukes are led by David Sheets, who is in his 23rd season in 2023-24. Sheets is a three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2015, 2018, 2019) and led Duquesne to back-to-back A-10 championships in 2018 and 2019. The Dukes have finished in the top four at the Atlantic 10 Championships each of the last nine seasons.

– In his last meeting, Duquesne won the Atlantic 10 Classic in Fairfax, Va., earning a 214-138 win over La Salle as well as a 188-164 win over host George Mason at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

-Junior Haley Scholer won a trio of individual crowns at the A-10 Classic over the course of three sessions, including the 200-yard intermediate (2:07.16) as well as the 100-yard (57.04) and 200-yard backstroke (2:03.28) .

– In the 500-yard freestyle on the first day of action at the A-10 Classic, teammates Orla Egan and Lexi Sundgren each touched the wall with a time of 5:05.60 to tie for first. Egan also won the 400-yard intermediate with a time of 4:34.64, while Sundgren finished first in the 200-yard freestyle thanks to a time of 1:53.63.

– The Duquesne diving team took on Carnegie Mellon at the Jared L. Cohon University Center earlier this month, with sophomore Ashley Felitsky qualifying for the 2024 NCAA Zone Diving Championships in the one-meter with a score of 283.43. In addition to winning the one-meter, Felitsky claimed gold in the three-meter thanks to score of 268.80.

– Scholer qualified for the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in August in the 200-yard backstroke thanks to a time of 2:13.41 in Buffalo, NY, at the Eastern Senior Zone Championships. The time is a personal best and topped a field of 52 swimmers.

– Scholer owns the Duquesne school record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.34, a time that helped her earn bronze at the 2023 Atlantic 10 Championships.

– Duquesne makes a return to North Carolina after taking part in the Fall Frenzy for its next meet, traveling to Greensboro, NC, for the Toyota US Nationals Nov. 29, 2023, through Dec. 2, 2023.

The Fall Frenzy – Duquesne is making its first appearance at the Fall Frenzy, which is hosted by Queens University. The Royals joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 2022 and are members of the ASUN Conference.

Preseason Poll – According to poll of conference head coaches, the Duquesne swimming & diving team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 in 2023-24. The Dukes accumulated 96 points in the poll, with George Washington tabbed as the preseason favorite. Richmond was picked to finish second.

Honor Roll – Freshman Lexi Sundgren is a two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, having claimed the honor after each of her first two competitions at the NCAA Division I level. She was honored the first time Oct. 18, 2023, after winning the 200-yard freestyle against both George Mason (10/13) and Davidson (10/14) and garnered the award again Oct. 31, 2023, after her performance at the A-10 Classic. Sundgren was joined with a weekly plaudit by junior Haley Scholerwho was named the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week Oct. 31, 2023, after three victories at the A-10 Classic.

Scholar Speak – Senior Reagan Linkous was one of four Dukes to be named to the 2023 Academic All-America® All-District 2 Team, which is selected by College Sports Communicators (CSC). Linkous, a physician assistant studies major, has compiled a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.83. She won the 200-yard backstroke last season at the Richmond Duals against the Spiders with a time of 2:02.82 after finishing second in the 100-yard backstroke at 57.28 seconds. Linkous owns a personal best of 1:58.58 in the 200-yard backstroke, which helped her earn bronze at the 2021 Atlantic 10 Championships.


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