Men's Swimming & Diving
Sam Duncan - Men's Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Diver
  • height 6-0
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Oakton, Va.
  • Major Economics
  • High school James Madison School

Top Scores:
1-meter: 381.30 (OSU Fall Invitational, 11/17/22 )
3-meter: 409.13 (vs. Georgia, 12/19/22 )
Platform: 277.55 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/18/22)

Career Notes:

  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier
  • 2021, 2022, 2023 NCAA qualifier
  • 2021 All-SEC Freshman Team
  • 2022, 2023, 2024 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2021 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
  • 2024 CSCAA Second-Team Scholar All-America
  • 2021 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team
  • 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District
  • Frank G. Ham Society of Character Inductee

In the Record Book:

  • No. 4 on 3-meter (2022)
  • No. 4 on 1-meter (2022)

2023-24 (Senior): Team Captain … NCAA Zones qualifier … Was 13th on the 3-meter and 1th on the 1-meter … Won the consolation final in the 1-meter at the SEC Championships (354.05) to finish ninth overall, also placed 10th overall in the 3-meter (334.30) … Swept the 1 (365.93) and 3-meter (381.60) competitions in dual meet vs. Cincinnati … Won the 1-meter at Louisville dual meet (318.83) … Earns pair of wins in 1-meter (370.05) and 3-meter (372.45) vs. Alabama … Captured the title in the 1-meter at the Auburn Diving Invite (355.95) … Was victorious in the 1-meter again at the Tennessee Invitational (368.95) … Won Mike Lyden Dive MVP Award at the team banquet.

2022-23 (Junior): Qualified for NCAAs for the third-straight season … Was 21st (336.45) in the 1-meter and 41st (303.35) in 3-meter … Earned NCAA bid at the 2023 NCAA Zone C Championship where he placed sixth on the 1-meter and 12th on the 3-meter … Notched an 8th place showing in the 3-meter springboard at the SEC Championships (288.10) Won gold in the men’s 1-meter at the Ohio State Invitational with a personal best score of 381.30 … Swept the diving events in dual meets against both Cincinnati and Georgia … Named SEC Diver of the Week (Jan. 31)… Participated in USA Diving Winter Nationals … Won captain’s award, most improved diver award and Mike Lyden MVP Award at the team banquet.

2021-22 (Sophomore): Finished 12th on 3-meter (326.25), 17th on platform (277.55) and 25th on 1-meter (259.40) at the SEC Championships, posting a lifetime best on platform … Qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row where he placed 41st on 1-meter (266.05) … Punched his ticket to the big dance by taking ninth on the 1-meter at the Zone C Championships, also taking 16th on the 3-meter … Dove to fifth on 1-meter (350.45) at the midseason Ohio State Invitational … Had 10 top-6 finishes throughout the dual meet season, highlighted by taking second on 1-meter (349.05) and third on 3-meter (351.53) against Cincinnati … Was the runner-up on 1-meter (336.75) versus Tennessee … Took third on both 1-meter (334.60) and 3-meter (354.70) in a tri-meet with Auburn and NC State … Posted fourth-place finishes on both 1-meter (288.53) and 3-meter (320.85) at Louisville … Won the Captain’s Award and the UK Swimming & Diving Booster Club Award at the program’s annual award banquet.

2020-21 Freshman: Named to the All-SEC Freshman Team … Competed on the 3-meter springboard at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials, finishing 29th with a score of 264.40 … Placed eighth on the 3-meter springboard with a score of 373.65 and 11th on the 1-meter springboard in 302.20 at the 2021 SEC Championships … Qualified for the NCAA Championships, diving to 19th on the 1-meter at 298.15 … Punched his ticket to NCAAs at the Zone C Championships where he took sixth on the 1-meter with a final score of 645.30 … Dove to third on the 3-meter (346.68) and fifth on the 1-meter (311.48) against Tennessee … Finished fourth on the 1-meter (300.53) and fifth on the 3-meter (329.33) versus Louisville … Earned the Most Improved Diver Award and the Booster Club Award at the program’s annual awards banquet … Named to the SEC First-Year Honor Roll … Named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team.

Prior to UK: Won the 1-meter at the Virginia Class 6 Championships in 2020 after taking second in 2019 and third in 2018 … Three-time Virginia Region D 1-meter champion … Also competed for Dominion Dive Club … Swept the 1-meter and 3-meter at the 2019 USA Diving Region 6 Championships … Placed second on the 3-meter and third on the 1-meter at the 2019 USA Diving Zone C Championships.

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