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Blue Jays Post Two NCAA B Cuts at Carolina Nike Invite

Senior Bryan Pon.
Feb. 5, 2017

Complete Results

The Basics
• Score: No Team Score
• Location: Durham, NC • Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s swim team closed out the 2017 Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational with several strong swims. The Blue Jays posted two NCAA provisional cuts and seven career bests to end their regular season.

Top Finishers
• Junior Andrew Gibson led the Blue Jays in the 200 Back as he finished in third in the B Final with a time of 1:51.41. Junior Ronan Corgel placed fifth in 1:54.27 and freshman Conor Beil posted a career-best time of 1:54.73 for sixth.
• Sophomore John Chu then took second in the C Final of the 100 Free as he touched in 46.45. Junior Austin Wilson followed with a career-best swim of 46.47 for third place.
• The Blue Jays then had five swimmers in the finals of the 200 Breast. Senior Scott Sterrett led the way with an NCAA B cut and a time of 2:03.31 for fifth place. Senior Bryan Pon dropped more than two seconds (2.29) off his prelim time to finish in sixth place. His time of 2:04.86 was also a career-best. Junior Colby Yu took seventh place in 2:06.15 and freshman Jasper Van Cauwelaert placed eighth in 2:08.84. Freshman Vincent Hou won the B Final as he finished in 2:10.22. His prelim time of 2:09.15 is a career-best.
• Freshman Matthew Garza placed second in the B Final of the 200 Fly as he clocked in at 1:54.22. In the prelim, he posted a career-best and NCAA B cut of 1:52.74.
• Hopkins then took sixth and eighth in the 400 Free Relay. Chu, Wilson, junior Luke Johnson and senior Patrick Flynn finished in 3:05.90. The team of Gibson, Beil, Van Cauwelaert and freshman Reid Cagir finished in 3:13.97. Gibson’s split of 47.93 in the 100 Free was a career-best.
• Freshman Ali Aly placed 16th in the 1650 Free with a time of 16:29.92.



Quoting Coach Armstrong
• It was an amazing cap to a great weekend. Shirley Chan lead the charge with a powerful and gutsy swim in the 200 Fly and Bryan Pon stole the show with a huge drop in the final swim of his career! On the freshman front, Matthew Garza capped off a breakthrough season with a stunning swim in the 200 fly!

Up Next
• Hopkins is now idle until the 2017 NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for March 15-17 in Shenandoah, TX.