• Scores: Johns Hopkins (138 • 4th place)
• Location: Princeton, NJ • DeNunzio Pool
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s swim team picked up 138 points on the first day of the Princeton Big Al Open and sits in fourth place after five events. Host Princeton sits in first place with 335 points, followed by Brown (161) and William & Mary (151) to round out the top three. Hopkins is the only Division III team competing at the eight-team meet.
Quoting Coach Armstrong
• “It’s been a great day here at the Big Al Open. This team is battling some of the toughest competition in program history and stepping up to the challenge. We had big swims in every event and team spirit is high! There were just too many exciting swims to highlight but Courtney Cowan clearly led the way and got this team electrified.”
• Hopkins kicked off the night session with sixth and 10th-place finishes in the 200 Free Relay. Sophomore Brandon Fabian, junior Alex Carson, freshman Nat Davenport and senior Michael Ashmead took sixth place as they combined for a time of 1:21.83. It is the 10th fastest time in school history and an NCAA provisional cut. In addition, Fabian’s split of 20.66 is a provisional cut. The team of Junior Emile Kuyl, senior Austin Wilson, senior Davis Knox and junior Michael Wohl swam a 1:23.06. Kuyl also posted an NCAA provisional time with his split of 20.68.
• Senior Kyle Otazu and then swam in the A final of the 500 Free. Otazu placed third with a swim of 4:28.37 and Fabian placed eighth in 4:28.79. Both times are NCAA provisional times. In the morning swim, Otazu clocked in at 4:25.30, a career best and the ninth fastest time in program history.
• Senior Mark Wilson then took sixth in the A final of the 200 IM with a swim of 1:49.16, a career best and NCAA provisional time. Kuyl took sixth in the B final, 14th overall, as he clocked in with a career-best time of 1:50.71. Freshman Matt McGough finished in seventh in the C final, 23rd overall, with a time of 1:52.70.
• Carson won the C final of the 50 Free as he touched in 20.69, just missing an NCAA provisional cut. Davenport followed in seventh place with his time of 20.98.
• Hopkins wrapped up the first day of the Big Al Open with third and seventh-place finishes in the 400 Medley Relay. Senior Peter Conzola, junior Peter Lazorchak, Mark Wilson and Carson finished in a tie for third with the host Tigers with a time of 3:17.91. Taking seventh were senior Jan Hagemeister, freshman Marcelo Lauzurique, Davenport and Ashmead in 3:20.39. Both team times, as well as Conzola (49.44) and Hagemeister’s (4.925) splits are NCAA provisional cuts.
• Hopkins returns to action at the Big Al Open on Saturday, December 2. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 10:00 am with the 400 IM and finals are slated to begin at 6:00 pm.