Thirteen Blue Jays Selected to NCAA Swimming Championships
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Thirteen members of the Johns Hopkins men’s swim team have been selected to the 2017 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Hopkins is taking two additional swimmers as relay support. The championships will be held March 15-18 at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and the City of Shenandoah will serve as hosts.
Hopkins has made every NCAA Division III championship since its inception in 1975. The Blue Jays have placed in the top five, 26 times and won NCAA titles in 1977, 1978 and 1979.
Seniors Jeremy Bauchwitz, Andy Greenhalgh and Evan Holder lead the contingent as they are each making their fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships. Making their third appearances are juniors Davis Knox, Kyle Otazu and Austin Wilson. Juniors Jan Hagemeister and Michael Ashmead and sophomores Emile Kuyl, Peter Lazorchak and Michael Wohl are appearing at the NCAAs for the second time. And making their first appearances at the championships are junior Peter Conzola and freshman Raph Bechtold. Senior Scott Sterrett and junior Austin Wilson will also be competing as relay support. This will be Sterrett’s second straight trip to NCAAs while it is Austin Wilson’s first.
Bauchwitz has earned All-America honors five times, including in the 200 and 400 Free Relays last season. Greenhalgh, the defending NCAA Champion in the 500 and 1650 Free, is also an eight-time All-American. He boasts the third fastest time in the nation in the 500 Free (4:25.08) and 1650 Free (15:22.32) this season. Holder, an 18-time All-American, is an NCAA Champion in the 800 Free Relay and has five second-place finishes. He boasts the top time in the nation in the 200 Free (1:36.93) this year and is just three-tenths of a second off the 29-year old national record. Holder also has the second fastest time in the 200 IM (1:46.54) this season.
Otazu, Mark Wilson and Wohl have each earned All-America honors five times in their careers, while Wohl also owns a runner-up finish in the 800 Free Relay. Ashmead is a four-time All-American and Knox and Kuyl have each earned All-America honors twice. Hagemeister picked up his first All-America honor in the 200 Medley Relay at the 2016 championship.
Mark Wilson enters the NCAAs with the fastest time in the nation in the 200 Fly (1:48.31) and the second fastest in the 100 Fly (48.15). As a team, Hopkins also has the second fastest time in the 800 Free Relay (6:36.33) and the 400 Medley Relay (3:16.55).
Fans who aren’t making the trip to Shenandoah, can watch the action on NCAA.com. Live results will be available as well, with the link yet to be announced.