Johns Hopkins Post Personal Bests on Day One of Nike Cup
• Location: Chapel Hill, NC • Maurice J. Koury Natatorium
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s swim team posted seven personal bests and three NCAA B cuts on day one of the Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational today at UNC.
Quoting Coach Armstrong
• “After a slow morning, the team really rallied around one another. After a strong 200 Free Relay, the women's 200 IM was a highlight led by Michelle Wang and Gwynnie LaMastra and the men's 500 free led by freshmen Christopher Arena, Matt McGough and Riley Mears all turning in big bear times.
• The team of junior Peter Lazorchak, senior Luke Johnson, freshman Dillon De Priest and senior Andrew Gibson kicked off the night with a time of 1:25.86 in the 200 Free Relay. Lazorchak’s lead split of 21.42 is a personal best.
• Arena was the top Blue Jay in the 500 Free as he clocked in at 4:32.50 for fourth place. McGough followed in fifth place with a time of 4:33.48. Both times are personal bests as well as NCAA B cuts. In addition, Mears turned in a personal best of 4:35.08.
• Freshman Noah Frassrand then led the way for Hopkins in the 200 IM with a third-place finish and a time of 1:52.40. His prelim time of 1:51.68 is both a B cut and a personal best. Senior Austin Wilson took fourth place in 1:52.51 and sophomore Jasper Van Cauwelaert took fifth with a personal best time of 1:52.74.
• Junior Michael Wohl then grabbed second in the 50 Free as he clocked in 20.80. His prelim time of 20.73 was a personal best. Freshman Alex Carson finished in third place (20.91), followed by classmate Nat Davenport in fourth (20.96). In addition, Lazorchak turned in his second personal best of the night in the 50 Free (21.27).
• Hopkins ended the night with a first-place finish in the 400 Medley Relay. Senior Ronan Corgel, Van Cauwelaert, sophomore Matthew Garza and Johnson combined for a time of 3:26.88.
• The Blue Jays return to action tomorrow at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion in Durham, NC. The action begins with preliminaries at 10:00 am and finals set to begin at 6:00 pm.