Hopkins Splits with Top-Ranked Denison, 10th-Ranked CMU
• Scores: #5 Johns Hopkins-188.5, #10 Carnegie Mellon-105.5 | #1 Denison-192.5, #5 Johns Hopkins-87.5
• Location: Pittsburgh, PA | Carnegie Mellon University
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men's swimming team split a tri-meet at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday afternoon. The fifth-ranked Blue Jays topped host and 10th-ranked CMU, 188.5-105.5 and fell to top-ranked Denison, 192-5-87.5.
Quoting Coach Armstrong
"The men's meet was highlighted by Peter Conzola's wire-to-wire win in the 100 back and with several younger members of the team stepping up to lead the way. Sophomore Jasper Van Cauwelaert impressed in the 200 breaststroke and freshmen Nat Davenport and Noah Frassrand had team-leading efforts in the 50 free and 200 IM, respectively. Their improvement and poise bodes well for the future."
Top Performers - Relays
• Only two relays were contested, the meet-opening 200 Medley Relay and the meet-ending 200 Free Relay. In the 200 MR, the Blue Jay team of Emile Kuyl, Peter Lazorchak, Mark Wilson and Nat Davenport clocked in at 1:33.13 to finish just behind the winning team from Denison and more than two seconds ahead of the third-place team from CMU. Hopkins' other entry in the 200 MR placed fourth overall with Jan Hagemeister, Michael Ashmead, Peter Conzola and Davis Knox clocking in at 1:36.56.
• The Blue Jays' top 200 FR team of Davenport, Ashmead, Wilson and Knox went 1:25.73 to place third overall behind a pair of entries from the Big Red and ahead of both Tartans relay teams.
Top Performers - Individual Events
• In 12 individual events, the Blue Jays accumulated 37 top-eight finishes, including one first-place, eight second-place and three third-place showings.
• Breaking down the results shows the Blue Jays' top finisher in the 12 individual events finished ahead of Carnegie Mellon's top finisher in nine of the 12.
• Highlighting the individual efforts for the Blue Jays was Conzola's first-place finish in the 100 Back. Conzola, one of three Blue Jays to finish in the top five in the event, won with a time of 51.33 and was joined in the top five by Kuyl, who placed third in 52.01, and Hagemeister, who was fifth in 52.72.
• A dominating two-three-four-five showing by the Blue Jays in 200 IM included a runner-up finish by Noah Frassrand (1:55.47), who was followed consecutively to the wall by Kuyl (1:57.23), Matt McGough (1:59.20) and Matt Garza (2:00.55).
• Like the 100 Back, the Blue Jays also had three top-five finishers in the 500 free as Erik Bostrom touched home in 4:39.96 to place second, while Kyle Otazu (4:43.63) and Chris Arena (4:46.08) also finished in the top five.
• Sandwiched between the 500 Free and the 200 IM was the 100 Fly, which also featured four Blue Jays in the top eight. Leading the way was Wilson, whose time of 50.50 was good for second place.
• Davenport tied for second in the 50 Free (21.73), while Ashmead was the runner-up in the 100 Free (46.90). Ashmead was also sixth overall in the 50 free, while Knox clocked in at 48.60 to place fifth in the 100 free.
• Wilson's time of 1:53.94 earned him a runner-up finish in the 200 Fly and he was joined in top four by Garza, who touched in 1:56.36 to place fourth.
• Runner-up finishes by McGough in the 200 Back (1:55.01) and Bostrom in the 1000 free (9:44.96) closed out the Blue Jays' second-place showings in individual events.
• Van Cauwelaert's showing in the 200 Breast, with a time of 2:09.49, led a four-five-six finish for the Blue Jays in the event as Marcelo Lauzurique (5th / 2:09.97) and Colby Yu (6th / 2:10.16) all finished within a second of each other.
The Blue Jays will return to action on January 26-27 as the Johns Hopkins will host the Blue Jay Invitational.
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