Hopkins Breaks 200 Free Relay Record; Move into Third Place
Feb. 16, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Johns Hopkins men’s swim team piled up 142.5 points and broke a school record while climbing from sixth place to third on day two of the 2012 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship. Host Wingate leads the standings after two days with 278 points, followed by Queens University of Charlotte in second (202) and Hopkins in third (174.5).
Hopkins began day two with a podium finish and a school record in the 200 Free Relay. The team of juniors Carter Gisriel, Tyler Woods and Dylan Coggin and sophomore Anthony Lordi finished in 1:21.75 – just 0.37 seconds behind Queens University. The time broke the four-year-old school record and is an NCAA B qualifying time.
Junior Nick Schmidt placed eighth in the 500 Free as he touched in 4:37.95. Sophomore Will Kimball placed third in the B Final and 11th overall with a time of 4:40.74 while senior Matt Watson placed 14th (overall) in 4:43.06. In the 200 IM, Hopkins picked up valuable points in the team standings with three swimmers in the championship final of the event. Senior Stephen Niemiec led the way with a fifth-place finish in 1:52.92. Senior Tim Nam finished in seventh in 1:54.81 and freshman Ryan Cunningham finished in eighth in 1:55.09. Sophomore Joe Acquaviva won the B Final, placing ninth overall as he clocked in at 1:54.67.
In the 50 Free, Hopkins placed a total of six swimmers in the A and B Finals to gain more ground on Wingate in the standings. Woods was the Blue Jays top finisher, placing fifth with a career-best time of 20.82. Lordi also notched a career-best time as he clocked in at 21.02. Gisriel finished in second in the B Final, placing 10th overall, with a time of 20.98. Senior Eddy Zandee tied for 12th place with a time of 21.05, followed closely by Coggin in 13th (21.13) and sophomore Ben Tillar in 14th (21.16).
The Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship continues on Friday, February 17 at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. The prelim of the 400 IM kicks things off at 10:00 am with finals slated to begin at 6:00 pm. For live stats and video, visit the championship page here.
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