Title Defense Begins for Johns Hopkins With Relay Title; School Record
Feb. 15, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Johns Hopkins women's swim team began the quest for its fifth overall and second consecutive Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship on Wednesday night in record-breaking fashion. The Blue Jays earned a podium finish in the 1000 Free and then won the 800 Free Relay for the sixth time in the last eight years to finish day one in second place with 56 points. Host Wingate holds the day-one lead with 82 points.
Junior Cathy Howard, the lone Blue Jay swimming the 1000 Free came out with a third-place finish and a school record. She touched in 10:25.73 to earn the bronze medal and break the 12-year-old Johns Hopkins record of 10:27.26 held by Stephanie Harbeson. Hopkins then won the 800 Free Relay with a championship meet record of 7:31.57. Senior Elizabeth Rogers, sophomores Alex Ladd and Sarah Rinsma and freshman Ana Bogdanovski won the gold and beat Wingate's relay team by 6.79 seconds. Rogers wins her school-record eighth career Bluegrass Mountain Conference relay title and program record for total BMC titles with her ninth.
The Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship continues on Thursday, February 16 from the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. The prelim for the 500 Free will kick things off at 10:00 am with the finals slated to begin at 6:00 pm. For video and live stat links, visit the championship website here.
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