DURHAM – Head Coach Swimming and Diving Duke Dan Colella announced the new freshman class for the 2021-22 season. With the announcement, GoDuke.com will highlight all 12 signatories in the coming weeks.
Michel volpe joins the Blue Devils as a freestyle and breaststroke specialist. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina native is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School and has also competed for the YOTA YMCA.
âDuke has always been a really special place for me, and I am thrilled with the culture of academic and athletic excellence,â said Volpe.
As a preparatory swimmer, Volpe was a two-time All-American and twice led his high school to an NCHSAA State Championship, as a junior and senior. He was state champion and holds the high school state record in the 200 freestyle relay. As a senior, Volpe was the state relay champion in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
Volpe also competed in the 100 breaststroke at the National Junior Winter competition as a junior. In 2021, he competed in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle at the National Junior Summer competition and was an âAâ finalist in both events at the YMCA National Championships.
Out of the pool, Volpe was a major in his class at Chapel Hill and a member of the National Math Honor Society. He was also a two-time Scholastic All-American.
Michael Anthony Volpe was born August 27, 2003 in Boston, Mass. He is the son of Jaclyn and Anthony Volpe. He has a brother (Andrew) and two sisters (Alena and Annalisa). His father, Anthony, played football at Duke from 1993, 1995-96 and was a member of the 1995 squad that reached the NCAA College Cup. Both of Michael’s parents dated Duke and graduated in 1997, while his uncle, Anthony Bova, also graduated from Duke in 2000.