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Johns Hopkins Swimming Rewrites Record Board at Blue Jay Invitational

Jan. 30, 2018

BALTIMORE, MD – Come this summer, there will be a lot of updates to the record boards inside the Newton White Aquatic Center thanks to the performances of the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s swim teams at the Blue Jay Invitational over the weekend. The teams combined to break 16 pool records, including the oldest record on the board, as well as post a combined 16 NCAA B cut times. Senior Courtney Cowan turned in the first record-breaking swim in the two-day event as she swam a 4:57.17 in the 500 Free. Her time broke the 43-year-old record of 4:58.50, set by 1976 Olympic bronze medalist Wendy Weinberg. Cowan’s time is also an NCAA B time and is the 10th fastest in program history. She now owns both the school and pool records in the event.

Just a few minutes later, sophomore Michelle Wang broke her own teammate’s mark in the 200 IM. Wang finished the 200 IM in 2:05.73, to break senior Anna Wisniewski’s mark by more 1.11 seconds. Hopkins then closed out the night by crushing both women’s and men’s records in the 400 Medley Relay. Junior Natalia Rincon, senior Kaitlin Jones, Wisniewski and Cowan combined for a time of 3:49.60 to beat the old mark by 10.17 seconds. Juniors Emile Kuyl and Peter Lazorchak, senior Mark Wilson and sophomore Brandon Fabian turned in a 3:20.84 to break the 14-year-old record by more than eight seconds. Not to be outdone, Kuyl also broke the 100 Back mark with his split of 49.32. Both relay times as well as Wang’s 200 IM and Kuyl’s 100 Back split were NCAA B times.

In the first event on Saturday, the Hopkins women added another NCAA B cut to their slate as Rincon, senior Gwynnie LaMastra, Wisniewski and sophomore Alison Shapiro swam a 1:45.19 in the 200 Medley Relay. In her next swim, Wisniewski posted an NCAA B cut in the 100 Fly with her time of 56.54. Mark Wilson then broke the third oldest record on the board as he finished the 100 Fly in 50.15. His time broke four-time NCAA Champion Matt Johnson’s record of 50.15, set in 1994.

The 200 Free saw Fabian add his name to the board for the second time in as many days as he swam a 1:39.43. His time was an NCAA B cut and broke the 16-year-old record by 1.21 seconds. In the next event, LaMastra re-wrote her own record in the 100 Breast – a record she had set just two weeks earlier. She clocked in a 1:04.75 in the event to break her own record by 1.23 seconds. Rincon followed with an NCAA B cut and a time of 56.70 in the 100 Back.

The morning session ended with two more records and another NCAA B cut. Cowan, Wang, Jones and freshman Emma McElrath swam an impressive 7:35.74 in the 800 Free Relay to break the pool record by more than 14 seconds and grab an NCAA B cut. The men’s team of junior Michael Wohl, freshmen Matt McGough and Noah Frassrand and junior Alex Carson clocked in at 6:55.04 to break the 10-year-old mark by 4.76 seconds.

In the third and final session of the day, Fabian grabbed his third pool record of the weekend. He swam a 45.25 in the 100 Free, breaking the 16-year-old record and posting an NCAA B cut. LaMastra added another pool record to her resume in the next event, besting the 16-year-old mark in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:19.61. Her time was also an NCAA B cut. Wang picked up another NCAA B cut in the 200 Fly with her time of 2:05.69.

Hopkins closed out the weekend with four pool records in both 400 Free Relays, the women’s 1650 Free and women’s 200 Free time trial. Jones, Wisniewski, Shapiro and senior Lena Bless swam a 3:31.29 in the relay to best the record by 2.12 seconds. The men’s team of seniors Kyle Otazu and Michael Ashmead, Fabian and Kuyl posted a 3:04.14 to break the six-year-old mark by nearly two seconds.

McElrath followed with an impressive 17:12.42 in the 1650 Free, breaking the pool record by 21-and-a-half seconds. Her time was also an NCAA B cut and the fourth fastest time in program history. Cowan ended the night by knocking another Olympian off the board. She posted a 1:51.81 in the 200 Free time trial to break Ana Bogdanovski’s record by half a second and grab an NCAA B cut.

Hopkins returns to the water on February 2-4 at the annual Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational, hosted by North Carolina and Duke.