Location: Shenandoah, TX Conroe ISD Natatorium
The Short Story: Senior Andy Greenhalgh ended his career with a second-place finish in the 1650 Free and the Johns Hopkins men's swim team took fourth place at the 2017 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship. Emory won its first team title with 438 points, with Kenyon (384), Denison (371) and Hopkins (295) rounding out the top four.
Swimming fans have been treated to quite the battle over the last four years between Greenhalgh and Kenyon's Arthur Conover in the distance events. As freshmen, Greenhalgh placed second in the 1650 Free and Conover placed third, while in the 500 Free, Conover finished third and Greenhalgh fourth. The following year, Greenhalgh beat Conover to win the 500 Free and Conover turned the tables in the 1650 Free. As juniors, Greenhalgh swept both events with Conover finishing second. On Wednesday night, Conover edged Greenhalgh for the 500 Free title with both swimmers beating the NCAA record. Saturday night, in the final swim between the two great distance swimmers, Conover grabbed the win in the 1650 Free. Greenhalgh finished in second place with a time of 15:02.34.
Hopkins finished the night with a fifth-place in the 400 Free Relay. Senior Evan Holder, junior Michael Ashmead, senior Jeremy Bauchwitz and sophomore Michael Wohl combined for a time of 3:00.39. It is the Blue Jays' best finish in the event since 2013, when Hopkins took second place.
Greenhalgh shaved 4.03 seconds off his school record in the 1650 Free in the first event of the night. His swim was also the fourth fastest in NCAA Division III history. Greenhalgh owns the 10 fastest times in school history in the 1650 Free; he also owns nine of the 10 fastest times in the 500 Free.
Greenhalgh finishes his career with three NCAA titles (2-500 Free, 1-1650 Free), six runner-up finishes and one third-place finish.
Holder has 14 top-three finishes at the NCAAs with two titles, seven runners-up and five third-place finishes in his career. His 14 top three-finishes ties head coach Scott Armstrong for the most in school history. Holder owns the 10 fastest times in school history in the 200 Free and is the national record holder in the event. He also owns the school records in the 100 and 200 Breast, and has the top 10 times in the 200 IM.
Hopkins takes home one national championship, five runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes in 2017. The eight top-three finishes are the most by the Blue Jays since 1981, when JHU had 11 top-three finishes. The eight top-three finishes at one championship are also tied for fourth most in school history.
Hopkins has finished in the top-five at the NCAAs 27 times, including the last three years, since the championship's inception in 1975.
Greenhalgh finishes his career with 12 All-America honors, which ranks in the top 30 in Hopkins' history. Holder ends his career with 25 All-America honors, which is tied for third in program history.
Also swimming in their final collegiate meet were seniors Scott Sterrett and Jeremy Bauchwitz. Sterrett earned All-America honors once in his career, while Bauchwitz did so six times.
Ashmead finishes his junior season with seven All-America honors in his career and Wohl now has 10 in his two seasons.