Greenhalgh Wins 1650 Free; Hopkins Takes Fourth at NCAAs
Head coach George Kennedy congratulates Andrew Greenhalgh on winning the NCAA title in the 1650 Free.
GREENSBORO, NC -- Johns Hopkins junior Andrew Greenhalgh captured his second title at the 2016 NCAA Swimming Championship to highlight the final night for the Blue Jays. Greenhalgh won the 1650 Free and Johns Hopkins finished in fourth place at the championship. Denison won the 2016 title with 455.5 points, followed by Kenyon (418.5), Emory (340.5) and Hopkins.
The championship concludes the remarkable career of head coach George Kennedy, who is retiring on June 30. The seven-time NCAA Coach of the Year, he coached more than 850 All-Americans and 18 NCAA champions (15 individual, 3 relay) in 31 years at Hopkins. The Blue Jays finished in the top-five at the NCAA Championship 15 times under Kennedy and have placed in the top-10 in each of the last five years.
Greenhalgh opened the final night of the championship the same way he opened the first night, standing atop the podium. The number two seed heading into the final and the runner-up two years in a row, he led for the first 600 yards before Arthur Conover, the defending champion, caught him. Conover led for the next 400 yards and then Greenhalgh caught him at 1,050 yards and didn't look back in winning by 4.28 seconds. Greenhalgh is the first Blue Jay to win the 1650 Free since Mike Leonhardt in 1983. He is also the first Blue Jay to win multiple individual NCAA titles since John Thomas won the 100 and 200 Back in 2009.
Greenhalgh posted the second fastest time in program history in 1650 Free and the 1000-yard split (9:10.67).. Senior Billy Gravley placed 14th in the 1650 Free with a time of 15:54.93. Junior Evan Holder then earned his fourth second place finish of the championship as he took silver in the 200 Breast. He clocked in at 1:58.11, knocking 0.48 seconds off his own school record. Junior Scott Sterrett won the consolation final, taking ninth overall, as he touched in 2:01.69. His time is a career best and the fifth fastest time in program history.
Hopkins closed out the championship with a 10th-place finish in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:01.27. Sophomore Michael Ashmead led the relay off in 45.74, and Holder, freshman Michael Wohl and junior Jeremy Bauchwitz followed him.
Holder finished the championship with the maximum seven All-America honors, bringing his career total to 18 -- which is tied for 13th in school history. Sophomore Mark Wilson and Wohl earned five All-America honors each while Ashmead grabbed four.