June 20, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Head Swimming Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh announced on Thursday that All-American Abby Duncan has signed a financial aid agreement to attend Mizzou and compete for Tigers. Duncan, who transferred from Auburn, will sit out the 2013-14 season due to Southeastern Conference transfer rules and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Duncan will help bolster Mizzou's breaststroking group when she returns to the pool in 2014-15. A native of Champlin, Minn., Duncan has college best times of 59.90 in the 100 breast and 2:12.72 in the 200 breast, times that would place her first and fourth, respectively, on Missouri's career list.
Duncan earned two All-America honorable mention accolades as a freshman in 2011-12. She placed 13th in the 100 breast (59.99) and was part of Auburn's fourth-place 200 medley relay team at the 2012 NCAA Championships. At the SEC Championships, Duncan took fifth in the 100 breast and 15th in the 200 breast to garner a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Team. Following the season, she competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
In 2012-13 as a sophomore, Duncan took 27th in the 100 breast and also competed in the 200 breast at the 2013 NCAA Championships. She recorded a lifetime best 59.90 in the 100 breast at the 2013 SEC Championships to finish eighth in the event, while also placing 22nd in the 200 breast.
In the classroom, Duncan was named to the 2013 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll and earned CSCAA Scholar All-American honors and a spot on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2012.
A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Duncan attended Champlin Park High School and swam for Aquajets Swim Team. A four-time Minnesota state champion in the 100 breast and a three-time champion in the 200 breast, she also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-America honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Duncan was a three-time member of the USA Swimming National Youth Team and took second in both the 100 and 200 breast at the 2010 Speedo Junior National Short Course Championships.