Blue Jays Add Four More Titles; Remain in First Place
Feb. 18, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Johns Hopkins women's swim team had another good day at the 2012 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimming Championship as the Blue Jays won four more titles and broke a pair of school records. Hopkins picked up 269 points on the day to remain atop the team standings with 567 points. Host Wingate is in second with 389 points, while Queens University of Charlotte is in third with 305.
Hopkins opened day three of the championship by successfully defending its title in the 200 Medley Relay. The team of sophomores Taylor Kitayama and Cristina Cusumano, freshman Kylie Holden and senior Elizabeth Rogers won the relay with a school and championship meet record time of 1:43.93. Freshman Sammi Fox then placed fourth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:35.19. Her morning prelim swim (4:32.92) is the third fastest time in school history in the event, while her finals time is seventh best.
Kitayama followed that with the first of two individual wins on the night. She won the 100 Fly with a time of 56.03, the fourth fastest time in school history. Sophomore Kylie Ternes placed sixth in 57.47 while Holden finished in eighth in 58.67. In the B Final, freshman Maggie Storm placed third (11th overall) with a time of 58.70. Ternes, Holden and Storm all posted career-best times in the event.
Hopkins showed off its depth in the 200 Free, placing second through fifth in the championship final and second through fourth in the B Final. In the championship final, sophomore Sarah Rinsma just missed on her second straight title in the event as she finished in second with a school-record time of 1:50.60. She finished just six one-hundredths of a second behind Queens' Lillian Gordy. Freshman Ana Bogdanovski placed third in a career-best 1:52.34. Sophomore Alex Ladd took fourth place with a career-best time of 1;53.68 and was followed closely by junior Eleanor Gardner in 1:53.83. In the B Final, junior Kristen Ferriero finished second (10th overall) in 1:54.60, followed by junior Daniela Villegas in third (1:54.79) and freshman Jillian Liwacz in fourth (1:56.24).
Storm took home her first title in the 100 Breast, clocking in at 1:04.67 - the second fastest time in school history. Her prelim time of 1:05.62 ranks as the seventh fastest. Cusumano added to the Blue Jays' point total with a fourth-place finish as she touched in 1:05.65, a career-best time. Senior Annie Tsay finished in sixth in 1:07.20. Kitayama closed out the night for the Blue Jays with her second straight title in the 100 Back. She touched in 55.09 to beat the field by 2.25 seconds. Her time is the second fastest in school history and an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Freshman Hannah Benn placed fourth in a career-best time of 57.92. Freshman Lauren Day placed eighth in the B Final (16th overall) with a time 1:00.81, a career best.
The Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship concludes on Saturday, February 18 at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. The prelim of the 200 Back kicks things off at 10:00 am with the finals slated to begin at 5:00 pm. For live stats and video, visit the championship page here.
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