Johns Hopkins Wins Second Straight NCAA Title in 800 Free Relay
March 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Johns Hopkins men's swimming won its second straight NCAA title in the 800 Free Relay on day three of the championship Friday night. The Blue Jays also grabbed a sixth-place finish in the 100 Back to pick up 53 points on the day and JHU sits in fourth place with 183 points. Denison remains in first place with 374 points, followed closely by Kenyon with 346 and Emory with 202.5.
Hopkins ended the night with its second straight NCAA title in the 800 Free Relay. Freshman Evan Holder led the off the relay with a 1:38.68 split, a career best. Senior Will Kimball, the school-record holder in the 200 Free, went into the water with the Blue Jays in third place. By the 150-yard mark of his split, he had given Hopkins the lead. He finished with a 1:36.95 leg when classmate Joe Acquaviva went off the blocks. He went 1:38.76 and senior Anthony Lordi closed it out with a 1:37.11 split as Hopkins won in 6:31.50 and beat the field by nearly two seconds. For Lordi and Kimball, it is their second title in the 800 Free Relay as they swam the opening two legs of last year's relay that still holds the NCAA record (6:29.27).
"Those relays last year were really unexpected for us to win," assistant coach Nikki Kett said. "Last year, they gave us the confidence that we could do it again this year, so tonight on the third night we knew that those were our relays and we wanted to step up and defend both of those titles. It gives us good momentum going into the last day, we're only 19 points behind third. We have some really strong swims tomorrow; Andrew [Greenhalgh] has his mile, which should be really good. We have a lot of opportunities to score big points tomorrow and after tonight, we know that it is in us."
Junior Dylan Davis opened the night with a sixth place finish in the 100 Back as he swam a 48.55 to just miss the school record by three hundredths of a second. He earns First Team All-America honors with his second straight top-6 finish in the event.
Hopkins wraps up the championship on Saturday, March 22 at the IU Natatorium. Saturday morning's session will begin at 10:00 am with the 100 Free. The finals are slated to begin at 6:00 pm.