CIF State Finalist Aurora Duncan Will Be A Second-Generation Panther With Commitment to Drury

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NEW COMMIT: Junior National qualifier Aurora Duncan of Irvine, Calif. has announced her decision to attend Drury University beginning in the fall of 2021.

She will be come a second-generation Panther as her mother, Gina LeBlanc-Duncan, competed in the first two NCAA Championships for Drury and head coach Brian Reynolds. Reynolds will also be Aurora’s coach.

She told Swimming World:

“I am thrilled to announce my commitment to Drury University!  I am so proud to continue my academic and athletic career at a school with such a long legacy including National Champions, Olympians, and amazing, hard-working coaching staff. I am grateful to my family and my coaches who helped me arrive at this decision.  Also, my parents are my coaches. Go Panthers!”

Duncan, who does her club swimming with the JCC Waves, won the 200 back at East LA Sectionals last December where she also grabbed bronze in the 200 fly. In Summer 2019, she finaled in the 100m back at Santa Clarita Sectionals before going on to place 19th in the 200m fly at Mount Hood Futures.

Her best times include:

  • 50 back – 25.89
  • 100 back – 55.45
  • 200 back – 2:00.71
  • 200 IM – 2:04.33
  • 400 IM – 4:26.37
  • 100 fly – 56.23
  • 200 fly – 2:02.85
  • 100 free – 52.95
  • 200 free – 1:52.98

Also competing for Irvine High School, Duncan is a three-time CIF State Championship finalist. She finished eighth in the 200 IM and 13th in the 100 back as a sophomore while taking 12th in the latter during her freshman season.

Duncan is also a four-time CIF Southern DI Section Championship finalist, finishing sixth in the 100 back and seventh in the 200 back in 2019.

Duncan will make an immediate impact when she arrives on campus as a member of the Class of 2025. She would’ve scored in the A-final of the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 back, and 200 back at the 2020 Great Lakes Valley Conference where the Panthers captured their fourth-straight title.

In 2019, Drury finished second at the NCAA DII Championships.

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