Thomas Completes Sweep of National Championships in Backstroke
March 21, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - One day after winning the NCAA title in the 100 Back, junior John Thomas (Montrose, CO/Montrose) successfully defended his title in the 200 Back in record-breaking fashion at the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Johns Hopkins finished in 11th place with 126 points.
Hopkins finishes in the top 15 for the 10th straight season and 38th overall. In fact, it is the first time since 1999 and just the second ever that the Blue Jays have not finished in the top 10. Hopkins has participated in every NCAA Championship since it began as the College Division/Division II Championship in 1971.
Thomas started the day with a time of 1:47.07 in the prelim, breaking the previous NCAA record of 1:47.21. He followed that with an even more impressive time of 1:46.71 in the finals to claim his second straight title in the 200 Back. Thomas is the first swimmer to win back-to-back titles in the 200 Back since 2005 and the first to sweep both the 100 and 200 Back in the same year since 2001. Thomas is the first JHU swimmer to win two titles in the same year since 1981 and just the seventh all-time.
Hopkins closed out the weekend with a 13th place finish in the 400 Free Relay, clocking in at 3:03.45. Junior Teddy Bulakul (Bangakok, Thailand/Hotchkiss), Thomas, senior David Postetter (Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor) and junior Spiros Moisiades (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) swam the relay for Hopkins. The Blue Jays swam a 3:03.20 in the prelims, the sixth fastest time in program history.
Thomas finishes the 2009 NCAA Championships with seven All-America honors and a total of 20 for his career. That ties him for sixth all-time in program history. Wrapping up their careers with the Blue Jays were Kleinguetl, Bob Sershon (Chicago, IL/St. Patrick), Kegelman and Postetter. Kleinguetl earned All-America honors nine times, including twice in 2009. Sershon is an eight-time All-American and a member of the 2007 NCAA Champion 400 Medley Relay team. Kegelman is a five-time All-American and Postetter is a three-time All-American.