March 27, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Tom Duvall (So., Durham, N.H.) became just the third Navy men's swimmer in the last four decades to earn All-America honors in an individual event when he garnered the laurel by placing seventh in the finals of the 500 freestyle Thursday at the NCAA Championship in Austin, Texas.
Duvall entered the meet seeded 14th in the event with his qualifying time of 4:15.86, a time that also stood as the Navy and Patriot League record. He would lower the standard even more Thursday morning as he posted a 4:14.04 to rank seventh in the trial heats and advance on to the evening's championship final.
He would hold his qualifying position from the trial heats in the final with a time of 4:16.85.
"Tom had the race of his life this morning," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "He was able to step up and compete with the rest of the swimmers in the meet. We are really proud of his ability to continue to improve and race in this environment."
The lone other Navy men's swimmers since 1974 to garner All-America accolades in an individual event were Ian Johnston in 1996 (100 and 200 breaststroke) and Adam Meyer in both 2009 and 2010 (200 butterfly).
Duvall was not the only Mid to compete in an event during the opening day of the three-day meet. Navy's 400 medley relay team comprised of Brendan Walsh (Jr., Annapolis, Md.), Sean Murphy (Sr., Hudson, Ohio), Jonathan DeBaugh (So., Conroe, Texas) and Dain Bomberger (Jr., Lititz, Pa.) placed 21st (was seeded 25th) in the trial heats with a posting of 3:12.23 (qualifying time was 3:09.84).
Friday will be a big day for the Mids as Murphy and Luke Hoffer
(Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) compete in the 100 breaststroke, Duvall is entered into the 200 free and Navy's relay teams will compete in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle events.