Hopkins Remains in Third Place at Bluegrass Mountain Championship
Feb. 18, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Johns Hopkins men's swim team remains in third place after three days of the 2012 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimming Championship. The Blue Jays accumulated 188 points on the third day and now have 362.5 points for the championship. Host Wingate sits atop the team standings with 525 points, while Queens University of Charlotte is in second with 401.
Hopkins opened with a silver medal finish in the 200 Medal Relay. The team of sophomore Joe Acquaviva, senior Tim Nam and juniors Carter Gisriel and Tyler Woods swam a time of 1:31.54 - the eighth fastest time in program history and an NCAA provisional time. Freshman Ryan Cunningham then earned a bronze medal in the 400 IM as he touched in 4:06.23, an NCAA provisional time. Senior Markus Kowalsky placed sixth in 4:08.03.
In the 100 Fly, Woods and junior Nick Schmidt placed seventh and eighth, respectively, though they were separated by just four-hundredths of a second. Woods touched in 49.80, followed closely by Schmidt in 49.84. Both times are NCAA provisional times. Gisriel, meanwhile, won the B Final, placing ninth overall with a time of 49.88 - also an NCAA provisional time. Sophomore David Woodford finished in sixth in the B Final as he clocked in with a career-best time of 51.46. In the C Final, freshman Greg Kogut swam a career-best time of 51.59 to place third and 19th overall.
Sophomore Will Kimball placed fourth in the 200 Free with an NCAA provisional time of 1:41.14. Senior Stephen Niemiec won the B Final, finishing ninth overall, as he touched in 1:41.43 for an NCAA provisional time. Sophomore Ben Tillar placed fourth (12th overall) with a career-best time of 1:43.14. And in the C Final, senior Matt Watson finished in third (19th overall) in 1:44.63.
Hopkins picked up 37 points in the team standings with fifth, seventh and eighth place finishes in the 100 Breast. Nam led the JHU contingent with an NCAA provisional time of 57.44 for fifth place. Sophomore Alex Polyak placed seventh with a career-best time of 58.08, followed by Acquaviva in 58.37. The meet concluded with the 100 Back with freshman Dylan Davis placing fourth in a career-best and NCAA provisional time of 50.83. Woodford won the B Final, finishing ninth overall, as he touched in 52.40 to just beat Wingate's Santino Viselli by two-hundredths of a second.
The Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship concludes on Saturday, February 18 at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. The prelim of the 200 Back kicks things off at 10:00 am with the finals slated to begin at 5:00 pm. For live stats and video, visit the championship page here.
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