Blue Jays Collect Three More Titles, Take Over First Place
Feb. 16, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Johns Hopkins women's swim team collected three titles and took down three school records en route to taking over first place on day two of the 2012 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship Thursday. The Blue Jays won the 200 Free Relay, 500 Free and 400 Medley Relay while accumulating 242 points.
Hopkins opened the day with a win in the 200 Free Relay as the Blue Jays won their first ever BGM title in the event. In fact, it is JHU's first conference title in the 200 Free Relay since winning it at the 1988 UAA Championship. Sophomore Kylie Ternes, freshman Ana Bogdanovski, sophomore Taylor Kitayama and senior Elizabeth Rogers swam the relay in a school and championship meet record time of 1:34.97.
Sophomore Sarah Rinsma, the 2011 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year, then successfully defended her title in the 500 Free beating the field by more than two seconds with a time of 4:56.81. Sophomore Alex Ladd placed fifth in a career-best 5:03.69 while junior Cathy Howard placed eighth in 5:08.27. The Blue Jays picked up valuable points in the team standings in the 200 IM despite not winning the title. Four Blue Jays placed in the championship final, led by freshman Sammi Fox with a fourth-place finish. She touched in a school-record time of 2:06.55. Senior Annie Tsay followed in fifth in 2:08.65, while freshman Kylie Holden finished in sixth with a career-best time of 2:09.62.
Hopkins showed its depth again in the 50 Free as Rogers, Bogdanovski and Ternes finished third, fourth and fifth. The Blue Jays also placed two swimmers each in the B and C consolation finals. Rogers just missed out on a silver medal with a time of 23.67. The time broke her own school record by 0.13 seconds but was just two-hundredths of a second out of second place. Bogdanovski followed quickly in fourth in a career-best 23.79 - a time that also would have broken the school record. Ternes placed fifth as she touched in a career-best 23.83.
JHU wrapped up the second day of the championship the way it began, with a relay title. This time the Blue Jays won the 400 Medley Relay for the second consecutive year. Kitayama, Fox, Holden and Rinsma swam a winning time of 3:49.68. It is a championship-meet record and the second fastest time in school history.
The Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship continues on Friday, February 17 at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. The prelim of the 400 IM kicks things off at 10:00 am with finals slated to begin at 6:00 pm. For live stats and video, visit the championship page here.
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