Swimmer KyAnh Truong ’21 Announces Commitment to Duke

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Photo By Shreyush Shankar

KyAnh Truong ’21 hugs an opposing swimmer after a race last season. Truong announced she will continue her swimming career at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

By Victoria Novoa, Photographer

On Monday, Aug. 10, swimmer KyAnh Truong ‘21 announced her verbal commitment to Duke University. 

Truong has been swimming since she was six years old, starting off at her summer league swim team, the Anderson Mill Barracudas. Since then, she has swum in different club teams such as Longhorn Aquatics and the Western Hills Athletic Club (WHAC).

“I’ve been blessed with having amazing coaches and teammates that have helped me get to the place I am today.” Truong said, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.” 

Truong has been one of Westwood’s strongest swimmers since her freshman year. She broke and set multiple records throughout her high school careers, such as in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, and 100-meter butterfly. 

“I really enjoy the [Westwood] swim team,” Truong said, “I’ve made so many amazing memories with the team that I know I will cherish forever.” 

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Truong posted on Instagram announcing her verbal commitment to swim at Duke University. 

“I’m eternally grateful for everyone who has helped me get to this point,” Truong said in her post, “Go Blue Devils!” 

Swimming has a much different recruiting process than other sports.  

“For recruiting in swimming, there’s a website where coaches can look at your best times and best events so there’s not really a tryout,” Truong said. “One of the Duke coaches reached out to me in the beginning, and as I got deeper in the process, I got to meet all the other coaches as well.” 

Truong visited multiple campuses and met up with multiple coaches to see which school was the best fit for her. After a visit to Duke, she was able to decide that it was the school for her. 

“It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” Truong said. “But when I went on an official visit to Duke, I saw that the combination of world-class academics and an amazing swim program was the place for me.” 

Truong is set to start her career at Duke next fall. With an amazing support system in and out of the pool, she can’t wait to see what’s in store for her.