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National Champion! Holder Wins 200 Free in Record-Breaking Fashion

March 17, 2017

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The Basics
• Location: Shenandoah, TX • Conroe ISD Natatorium
• The Short Story: Johns Hopkins senior Evan Holder won the 200 Free in record-breaking fashion on day two of the 2017 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Hopkins finished the day in fourth place with 177 total points. Emory remains in first place with 244 points, followed by Kenyon (214.5) and Denison (193) to round out the top three.

The Finalists
• Coming into the finals of the 200 Free, Holder was the top seed and his prelim time was just five-hundredths of a second off the national record – which had stood since 1988. After finishing 20th as a freshman, he placed fourth as a sophomore and second as a junior. This time it was Holder’s turn to stand atop the podium. He sat in third through 100 yards and was second, by just five-hundredths of a second, at 150. Holder didn’t need long to take over the lead and he won by 0.66 seconds. He is just the second Blue Jay to win the 200 Free and the first since Francis Florez in 1978.
• In addition to Holder, sophomore Michael Wohl and senior Andy Greenhalgh also competed in the 200 Free. Wohl placed eighth in the championship final with a time of 1:42.03. His prelim time of 1:38.34 was a career best. Greenhalgh placed second in the B Final and knocked nearly one second off his career best with a time of 1:37.72. It was his first top-16 finish in the event in his career.
• Hopkins opened the night with a second-place finish in the 200 Free Relay – the first of a trio of top three finishes for the Blue Jays. Holder, juniors Mark Wilson and Michael Ashmead, and Wohl combined for a time of 1:21.07. This is the Blue Jays’ ninth top-three finish in the 200 Free Relay and just the second silver.
• Junior Kyle Otazu then finished in fifth in the consolation final of the 400 IM as he clocked in at 4:10.19. This was his second career top-16 finish in the 400 IM.
• Wilson grabbed fifth in the consolation final of the 100 Fly with a time of 49.05. It was his second straight top-16 finish in the event.
• Hopkins ended the night with a third-place finish from the outside lane. The Blue Jays placed eighth in the prelim and shaved 2.26 seconds off their time to grab the bronze. Sophomore Emile Kuyl, Holder, Wilson and Wohl combined for a time of 3:16.04. This is Hopkins’ 17th top-three finish in the 400 Medley Relay and second straight.

The Records
• Holder beat the field in the 200 Free with a time of 1:36.42. That broke the 29-year-old national record, the oldest Division III record still on the books, by two-tenths of a second.
• The 200 Free Relay’s time of 1:21.07 is tied for the third fastest in program history. Wilson’s prelim time of 48.88 in the 100 Fly is the ninth fastest in program history.
• The 400 Medley Relay team posted the third fastest time in program history at 3:16.04.

• Holder, Wilson and Wohl each earned three All-America honors on Thursday. Holder now has 22 All-America accolades in his career, which is tied for fourth in program history. Wilson now has 10 All-America honors and Wohl has eight.
• Greenhalgh is now a 10-time All-American, while Otazu and Ashmead each have six and Kuyl has four.

Up Next
• The 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship continues on Friday, March 17. The prelims are set for 10:00 am CT and will begin with the 200 Fly. The finals are slated for a 6:00 pm start. Fans can watch the finals at with live results available on the Meet Mobile app.