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Bechtold and Holder Break Records at TPSC Invitational

Freshman Raph Bechtold.
Dec. 2, 2016

Complete Results

The Basics
• Score: Penn-1517, Kenyon-1030, Johns Hopkins-732, Carnegie Mellon-637.5, Davidson-496, DePauw-353.5
• Location: Gambier, OH • Steen Aquatic Center
• The Short Story: Senior Evan Holder and freshman Raph Bechtold broke a pair of school records and the Johns Hopkins men's swim team posted 15 NCAA provisional times on day two of the TPSC Invitational. The Blue Jays picked up 458 points on the second day and remain in third place with 732 total points. Penn is still in first place with 1517 points, followed by host Kenyon with 1030 points.

Top Finishers
• Hopkins kicked off day two with second and eighth-place finishes in the 200 Free Relay. Holder, juniors Mark Wilson and Michael Ashmead, and senior Jeremy Bauchwitz finished in 1:216.9, the fifth fastest time in program history and an NCAA provisional time. Sophomores Emile Kuyl and John Chu, senior Patrick Flynn and freshman Reid Cagir placed eighth with a time of 1:24.41.
Mark Wilson then placed fourth in the 200 Fly as he touched with a provisional time of 1:48.31. His time is also a career best and the second fastest in program history. Freshman Matthew Garza placed sixth in the B final as he clocked in at 1:54.22.
• Senior Andy Greenhalgh followed with a sixth-place finish in the 200 Free. He swam a career-best and provisional time of 1:39.67. Junior Davis Knox touched just 0.22 seconds later for seventh place (1:39.89). His time was also a provisional time. Chu in third in the B final with a career-best time of 1:41.36.
• The 100 Breast saw five Blue Jays compete, led by Holder with his record-breaking swim. He finished in fourth place with a provisional time of 54.82, knocking 0.23 seconds off his own record. Sophomore Peter Lazorchak placed ninth with a time of 56.08, the seventh fastest time in program history, as well as a provisional time. Senior Scott Sterrett won the B final in 55.72, the fourth fastest in school history and a provisional time. Freshman Jasper Van Cauwelaert placed fourth in the C final (58.47) and junior Colby Yu placed eighth (59.25).
• Hopkins then placed six swimmers in the finals of the 100 Back. Junior Jan Hagemeister led the contingent with a fifth-place finish and a provisional time of 49.34. Junior Peter Conzola followed in seventh place as he touched in 49.69. Kuyl won the B final as he clocked in with a provisional time of 49.24. Junior Ronan Corgel finished in fourth place with a career-best 51.82. Flynn took sixth (52.22) and junior Andrew Gibson took eighth (52.50).
• Bechtold followed with his record-breaking performance in the 400 IM. He sliced one second off his prelim time and clocked in at 3:55.95 for sixth place and a provisional time. Junior Kyle Otazu placed second in the B final with a provisional time of 4:00.28. Sophomore Erik Bostrom finished in fourth place with a time of 4:02.21, also a provisional time. Junior Austin Wilson took second in the C final with a provisional time of 4:02.46.
• In the final individual event of the night, the Blue Jays had five swimmers in the 50 Free. Ashmead placed second in the B final as he finished in 20.89 while Bauchwitz won the C final with a time of 21.26. Chu tied for third in 21.53 and Cagir followed six hundredths of a second later to tie for sixth place. Flynn touched just two hundredths of a second after Cagir to finish in eighth place.
• Hopkins ended the night by taking second and seventh place in the 400 Medley Relay. Hagemeister, Holder, Mark Wilson and Ashmead swam a time of 3:16.55. Their time is the fifth fastest in program history and a provisional time. The team of Conzola, Lazorchak, sophomore Michael Wohl and Kuyl finished in 3:23.70.



The Records
• Holder broke his own school record in the 100 Breast twice on Friday. He swam 55.05 in the prelim Friday morning and followed that with 54.82 in the championship final. He now boasts the top three times in school history in the 100 Breast.
• Bechtold took down head coach Scott Armstrong's last school record -- the 400 IM. After swimming 3:56.95 in the prelim, he knocked exactly one second off his time (3.55.95) to break Armstrong's 13-year-old record by 0.22 seconds.

Up Next
• The 2016 TPSC Invitational continues on Saturday, December 3. The prelims are scheduled to start at 9:30 am with the 500 Free. Fans can watch the action here and follow the results here.