SHENANDOAH, TX -- Johns Hopkins sophomore Andrew Greenhalgh became the Blue Jays' first national champion in the 500 freestyle since 1981 as he set a national record with a time of 4:20.60 to win the event on the first night of the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming Championships. Greenhalgh's first-place showing provided 20 team points for Johns Hopkins, which currently sits in sixth place after the first day with 46 points. Kenyon is in first place with 109 points.
Greenhalgh sat in second place after the first 200, but eased his way into first place midway through the race, just ahead of Emory's Christian Baker and Kenyon's Arthur Conover. Greenhalgh slowly built his lead to nearly two seconds entering the final 100. There, he held off the charge of Conover, who finished second in 4:20.95, to claim the first individual national championship of his career.
Greenhalgh's winning time tops the previous national record of 4:21.79 by Denison's Allen Weik in 2012. Greenhalgh, who had finished fourth at the NCAAs in the 500 free as a freshman last season, is the 13th Johns Hopkins men's swimmer to place in the top three in the event since 1972.
In addition Greenhalgh's national title in the 500 free, Hopkins also got a third place finish in the 200 IM from Evan Holder, who posted a time of 1:46.92. The time actually broke the previous national record of 1:46.97, but in a very fast race Holder was one of three who bettered that time, which had stood as the record since 1998.
Holder is the first Blue Jay to finish in the top three in the 200 IM at the NCAA Championships since 1993.
Hopkins closed out its efforts on day one of the four-day championship with a 12th-place finish in the 200 medley relay as the team of Dylan Davis, Holder, Greg Kogut and Jeremy Bauchwitz touched home in 1:30.56 to grab 10 team points.
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