A Season to Cheer For

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By Kyle Williams, GoDuke the Magazine Online

The recent history of Duke Athletics has shown time and time again how impactful a student-athlete can be in their freshman season. While one’s mind may jump to the star power exhibited by men’s basketball rookies like Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum and Marvin Bagley III (among numerous others), it is apparent across nearly all Blue Devil programs that newcomers can come in and stamp their name on the national stage immediately.

Just within the last three years, Duke has boasted ACC Freshman of the Year honorees in field hockey (Darcy Bourne), men’s lacrosse (Brennan O’Neill), women’s tennis (Kelly Chen), men’s cross country (Sam Rivera) and women’s outdoor track & field (Katelyn Gochenour). And although…

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