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Johns Hopkins Competes on Day One of Nike Cup

Feb. 2, 2018

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The Basics
• Location: Chapel Hill, NC • Maurice J. Koury Natatorium
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s swim team had a strong finish to day one of the Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational today at UNC, setting five personal bests and posting nine NCAA B cuts.

Quoting Coach Armstrong
• “After a slow morning, the team really rallied around one another. After a strong 200 Free Relay, the women's 200 IM was a highlight led by Michelle Wang and Gwynnie LaMastra and the men's 500 free led by freshmen Christopher Arena, Matt McGough and Riley Mears all turning in big bear times.

Top Finishers
• Hopkins opened the night with a first-place finish in the 200 Free Relay by senior Anna Wisniewski, sophomore Kiki Petersen, freshman Mikayla Bisignani and sophomore Alison Shapiro in 1:33.68. The quartet’s time is an NCAA B cut and the sixth fastest time in program history. In addition, Wisniewski’s lead split of 23.72 is also a B cut. The team of Wang, senior Lena Bless, sophomore Sonia Lin and junior Natalia Rincon placed second in 1:35.95. Wang’s opening split of 24.27 is a personal best.
• Senior Courtney Cowan and freshman Emma McElrath followed with second and third-place finishes in the 500 Free, each posting NCAA B cuts. Cowan touched in 4:57.43 with McElrath following just 0.17 seconds later.
• Wang led a contingent of Blue Jays in the 200 IM with a third-place finish and a career-best time of 2:04.40. LaMastra touched in 2:05.95 for fourth place, followed by Wisniewski in sixth (2:06.22) and senior Kaitlin Jones in seventh (2:06.42). All four times are NCAA B cuts. In addition, sophomores Lauren Parker and Therese Larson also set personal bests in the 200 IM.
• In the 50 Free, Petersen led the way as she clocked in at 23.70 for second place. Her prelim time of 23.51 is both a personal best and a B cut. Shapiro finished in fourth place with a time of 23.98 and Bisignani placed fifth in 24.26.

Up Next
• The Blue Jays return to action tomorrow at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion in Durham, NC. The action begins with preliminaries at 10:00 am and finals set to begin at 6:00 pm.