Johns Hopkins Men's Swimming Season Preview
BALTIMORE, MD -- The Johns Hopkins men's swim team is set to open its season on Saturday, October 8 in Washington, DC. Hopkins will take on host Georgetown and William & Mary in a tri-meet at the Albert G. McCarthy, Jr. Pool. Here's a quick look at the 2016-17 Blue Jays:
A NEW ERA
A new era begins for the storied Johns Hopkins swimming program as Scott Armstrong enters his first season as head coach of the Blue Jays. He replaces long-time head coach George Kennedy, who retired in June after 31 seasons at the helm of the Blue Jay swim program. Armstrong is a 2003 graduate of the University and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned All-America honors 18 times while leading the Blue Jays to four top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships in his career.
Armstrong credits his assistant coach, Nick Charriez, for his help in the transition this fall. His knowledge of swimming is well beyond his years and Armstrong is excited for what the future holds for Charriez and the Blue Jays.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Armstrong is looking forward to the great leadership of his senior captains Patrick Flynn, Evan Holder and Scott Sterrett. The trio has helped Johns Hopkins to three top-10 finishes at NCAAs, including fourth-place finishes in 2014 and 2016.
Senior Andy Greenhalgh is back for his senior campaign after winning NCAA titles in the 500 Free and 1650 Free last season. The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American has won three NCAA titles in his career and has garnered All-America honors eight times. He leads a young crew of distance swimmers that includes junior Kyle Otazu, sophomore Erik Bostrom and freshman Conor Beil. Greenhalgh holds the program records for the 500 Free, 1000 Free and 1650 Free -- all of which had been held by Armstrong for more than a decade after his graduation.
Johns Hopkins returns 12 swimmers that combined to earn 33 All-America honors at last year's NCAA Championship. The Blue Jays, led by Greenhalgh, Holder, Sterrett and classmate Jeremy Bauchwitz, finished in fourth place at the 2016 championship with 263 points. Junior Mark Wilson and sophomore Michael Wohl earned All-America honors five times each. Wilson is the Blue Jays' top returner in the butterfly and Armstrong believes that there are great things in store for him in the next two years.
DEPTH AT 200 FREE
Armstrong is excited about how deep the Blue Jays are this season in the 200 Free. That group is led by Holder, who grabbed All-America honors in all seven events he swam at the NCAAs. He finished as the runner-up in four of his seven swims, including the 200 Free and the 800 Free Relay. In addition, Holder holds school records in the 200 Free, 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 200 IM.
Johns Hopkins welcomes 10 newcomers this year, highlighted by junior Peter Conzola and freshmen Raph Bechtold and Matthew Garza. Conzola, who transferred from Virginia Tech, specializes in the backstroke. Bechtold and Garza both swim the butterfly, while Bechtold also swims the individual medley.