March 22, 2008
OXFORD, OH - Sophomore John Thomas (Montrose, CO/Montrose) won the 200 Back on Saturday in the final day of the 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming Championships. That win helped propel Johns Hopkins to a second place finish at the championship with 330 points. It is the Blue Jays best finish since 2003 when they placed second and it is their ninth straight top-10 finish. In all, Hopkins broke nine school records during the three day championship.
Hopkins did not have a swimmer in the first event of the day, the 1650 Free, dropping the team down to fourth place in the overall standings. That did not last long however, as Thomas won his first career individual NCAA title in the next event, winning the 200 Back in a time of 1:47.43. That broke his own school record by 1.51 seconds and was just .22 seconds off the national record. Thomas, who won an NCAA title as a member of the 400 Medley Relay team last season, is the first swimmer at JHU to win multiple NCAA titles since Matt Johnson (1994-98). That win pushed Hopkins back into third place in the standings.
Senior Brad Test (Dresher, PA/Germantown Academy) then took fifth in the 100 Free with a time of 44.89. His prelim time of 44.64 broke his own school record by .14 seconds. The Blue Jays then had three swimmers place in the 200 Breast to push them past Denison and into second place overall. Freshman Brian Keeley (Rockord, MI/Rockford) led the way with a fifth place finish in a time of 2:02.43. Senior Matt Fedderly (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh School) followed in sixth in 2:02.94. Junior John Kegelman (Yorktown, VA/Tabb) then finished in 13th with a time of 2:04.70.
The day and the championship concluded with the 400 Free Relay. The Blue Jays earned the bronze, finishing third with a time of 3:00.64. That time bested the school record by 1.37 seconds. Swimming the relay were sophomore Neil Mahoney (Excelsior, MN/Minnetonka), Keeley, Thomas and Test.
Test and Thomas each earned All-America honors in all seven of their events, the maximum they could swim. It is just the second time in program history that two swimmers have turned the trick in the same season. Test concludes his outstanding career with 25 All-America honors, ranking him second in school history. He also has six school records (two individual, four relay) and an NCAA title (400 Medley Relay).