GREENSBORO, NC -- Johns Hopkins junior Andrew Greenhalgh won his second straight national championship in the 500 freestyle and the Blue Jay men's swimming team accumulated 79 points to rank fourth in the team standings after the first day of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Denison totaled 131 points to grab the top spot in the team standings with Kenyon (117.5 points), Emory (105), Johns Hopkins and MIT (48) rounding out the top five.
Greenhalgh, who set an NCAA record in winning the title last season with a time of 4:20.60, sat just behind eventual runner-up Arthur Conover of Kenyon for the first 400 yards before edging ahead for the first time between the 400 and 450-yard mark. He touched at 450 in 3:56.61 and covered the final 50 in 25.22 to finish in 4:21.83, the second fastest time in school history and .86 seconds ahead of Conover.
The one-two-three finish of Greenhalgh, Conover and Emory's Chrisitan Baker matched last year's top three and the title marks the third time a Johns Hopkins swimmer has won the event as Greenhalgh has won the last two and Mike Leonhardt won the event in 1981.
In addition to the 20 team points Greenhalgh's title brought, Hopkins got 11 more valuable points in the 500 free as sophomore Griffith Otazu placed eighth (4:29.68).
Johns Hopkins nearly made it two national champions in as many events as junior Evan Holder was the runner-up in the second event of the night, the 200 IM. Holder clocked in at 1:46.40, just .40 behind national champion Jackson Lindell of Denison. Holder inched up one spot from his third-place finish last season and his time breaks his own school record of 1:46.92, which he posted at last year's NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Mark Wilson added five points with a 12th-place showing in the 200 IM. Wilson clocked at 1:51.19 in the consolation final.
Rounding out Johns Hopkins' day one efforts was the 200 medley relay team of Jan Hagemeister, Holder, Wilson and Michael Ashmead, which placed sixth with a time of 1:29.38 to grab 26 team points. Hagemeister, Wilson and Ashmead are all sophomores and teamed with Holder, the lone junior in the group, to form the youngest team among the eight that qualified for the finals.
Competition continues tomorrow at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with the following events: 200 Free Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 400 Medley Relay.
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