Duke Blue Devils Score 2020 Verbal from Rockville Montgomery’s Catherine Belyakov

Catherine Belyakov Duke
Photo Courtesy: Catherine Belyakov

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NEW COMMIT: Duke University has received a new verbal commitment from Gaithersburg, Md. breaststroker Catherine Belyakov beginning in the 2020-21 season.

Belyakov swims year-round with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club and owns a pair of U.S. Open cuts with three additional Winter Junior standards. She most recently competed at NCSAs where she finished 10th in both the 100/200 breast and achieved four new lifetime bests. She competed in four events at Winter Nationals in November and capped off her long course season with three top-6 finishes at NCSA LCM Championships. Also competing for Quince Orchard High School, the NISCA All-American has won the 100 breast and 200 IM the past two seasons at the Maryland 3A/4A State Championships.

She told Swimming World:

“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Duke University. I am beyond thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches and teachers! #GoDuke”

Her best times include:

  • 100 breast – 1:01.67
  • 200 breast – 2:14.69
  • 200 IM – 2:01.41
  • 400 IM – 4:22.27
  • 100 fly – 54.44

Belyakov will make an immediate impact when she arrives in Durham as a member of the class of 2024. Even with 1.5 years of club swimming still to go, she would’ve scored in the C-final of both breaststroke events at the 2019 ACC Championships. She’ll have one year of overlap with current sophomore Halle Morris, the Blue Devils’ lone breaststroke conference scorer.

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1 comment

  1. avatar

    Do you really mean sophomore Halle Miller or it should be Halle Morris the Blue Devils’ breaststroker? Please correct! You don’t need to publish this comment! Thank you and best regards