Blue Jays Win Six Events in Split with Denison, CMU
• Scores: #4 Johns Hopkins-171.0, #10 Carnegie Mellon-122.0 | #3 Denison-183.0, #4 Johns Hopkins-111.0
• Location: Pittsburgh, PA | Carnegie Mellon University
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's swimming team split a tri-meet at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday afternoon. The fourth-ranked Blue Jays topped host and 10th-ranked CMU, 171-122 and fell to third-ranked Denison, 183-111.
Quoting Coach Armstrong
"Kristen Peterson and Anna Wisniewski were clear highlights, setting pool records in route to dominant swims. But the highlight for the coaches was Kaitlin Jones coming back from a tough fall to post two dual-meet personal records. Also, Emma McElrath set herself up well with a new school dual-meet record in the 1000 free."
Top Performers - Relays
• The Blue Jays placed second overall in the 200 Medley Relay as Natalia Rincon, Gwynnie LaMastra, Wisniewski and Peterson touched home in 1:46.03 to finish behind Denison's top teaM and two spots ahead of CMU's top entry.
Top Performers - Individual Events
• In 12 individual events, the Blue Jays claimed six first-place finishes and accumulated 18 top-four finishes, including the six first-place showings and three runner-up finishes.
• Breaking down the results shows the Blue Jays' top finisher in the 12 individual events finished ahead of Carnegie Mellon's top finisher in 10 of the 12 and ahead of Denison's in six of the 12.
• The Blue Jays set the tone for their run of first-place finishes in the first individual event, the 1000 Free. McElrath eased to a first-place finish by nearly four seconds with a time of 10:26.84, the third-fastest time in school history.
• Hopkins made it back-to-back first-place finishes with a one-two finish in the 200 Free. Courtney Cowan (1:55.65) edged teammate Hanan Bandak (1:56.01) to give the Blue Jays the top two finishers in the event.
• Peterson accounted for a pair of first-place finishes herself as she was first in both the 50 Free (23.88) and the 100 Free (52.21). Alison Shapiro was third in the 50 Free (24.79), while Wisniewski gave the Blue Jays their second one-two finish on the day with a runner-up showing in the 100 Free (53.16).
• Cowan added her second victory of the day as she won the 500 Free with a time of 5:08.84, nearly three seconds ahead of teammate and runner-up Amy Pearson (5:11.47); this was the third and final one-two finish of the day for the Blue Jays.
• Closing out the individual winners for Johns Hopkins was Wisniewski, who topped the field in the 100 Fly with a time of 56.71.
• In addition to the first-place finishes and one-two showings, the Blue Jays also had two races where they went three-four. In the 100 Breast it was LaMastra (1:05.98) and Jones (1:06.65) turning the trick, while McElrath (2:07.28) and Michelle Wang (2:07.37) went three-four in the 200 Back.
• Hopkins added third-place finishes from Wang in the 200 Fly (2:07.25) and LaMastra in the 200 Breast (2:23.37) to account for the remainder of the top three finishers.
The Blue Jays will return to action on January 26-27 as the Johns Hopkins will host the Blue Jay Invitational.
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