Johns Hopkins Posts a Pair of NCAA B Cuts Caroline Nike Invite
• Score: No Team Score
• Location: Durham, NC • Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s swim team closed out the 2017 Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational on a strong note. The Blue Jays posted two NCAA provisional cuts and three career bests to end their regular season.
• Hopkins opened the night with five swimmers in the finals of the 200 Back. Freshman Michelle Wang led the way with a sixth-place finish and a time of 2:06.71. Freshman Sami Kegel took seventh with a time of 2:08.07 and sophomore Emily Cheng followed just three-hundredths of a second later. Her prelim time of 2:07.64 is a career best. In the B Final, senior Kristen Kaiser placed third in 2:09.07 and classmate Ariana Waitkavicz finished in fifth 2:11.11.
• Freshman Kristen Petersen finished in third in the B Final of the 100 Free as she touched in 52.43. Freshman Alison Shapiro clocked in at 52.73 for fifth place.
• Junior Sara Wujciak then took second place in the B Final of the 200 Breast with a time of 2:24.21. Sophomore Julia Pacitti finished in fourth place as she finished in 2:27.08. She posted a career-best time of 2:26.86 in the prelim. Freshman Therese Larson then won the C Final as she clocked in at 2:33.16.
• The 200 Fly saw senior Shirley Chan post an NCAA B cut and finish sixth in the A Final in 2:04.43. Freshman Lauren Parker finished in eighth in the B Final with a time of 2:16.01.
• The Blue Jays then earned fourth and sixth-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay. The team of Petersen, Shapiro, Wang and freshman Sonia Lin posted an NCAA B cut of 3:29.31. Petersen also posted a career-best in her 100 Free split of 52.16. Chan, Waitkavicz, senior Lindsay Kriz and Kaiser finished in 3:43.37.
• In the 1650 Free, sophomore Colleen Anderson finished in 10th place with a time of 18:00.78. Kriz followed in 11th place with a time of 18:08.21.
Quoting Coach Armstrong
• It was an amazing cap to a great weekend. Shirley Chan lead the charge with a powerful and gutsy swim in the 200 Fly and Bryan Pon stole the show with a huge drop in the final swim of his career! On the freshman front, Matthew Garza capped off a breakthrough season with a stunning swim in the 200 fly!
• Hopkins is now idle until the 2017 NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for March 15-17 in Shenandoah, TX.