Twice as Nice - Bogdanovski Repeats as National Champion in 50 Free
SHENANDOAH, TX -- Johns Hopkins senior Ana Bogdanovski wasted little time picking up where she left off at last year's national championships as she won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.85 on the first night of the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Bogdanovski's title was good for 20 team points and helped Johns Hopkins to a fifth-place finish after one day of competition with 68 points.
Emory currently sits in first place in the team standings with 135.5 points, while Denison (124 points), Kenyon (95), Williams (94) and Johns Hopkins round out the top five.
Bogdanovski, who claimed her second straight title in the 50 free and her third overall individual national championship, edged Denison's Carolyn Kane, who clocked in at 22.94 to place second. Bogdanovski's winning time of 22.85 was just shy of her winning time last season (22.80) and ranks as the second-best mark in school history. Bogdanovski now holds the 10 fastest times in the event in school history.
In addition to Bogdanovski's effort in the 50 free, Hopkins got a sixth-place finish from its 200 medley relay team, a ninth-place showing from freshman Courtney Cowan in the 500 free and a pair of top 16 finishes in the 200 IM to fuel its first-day performance.
The 200 medley relay team of Sean McGrath, Gwynnie LaMastra, Anna Wisniewski and Bogdanovski touched home in 1:42.32 to grab 26 team points with the sixth-place finish, while Cowan won the consolation final in the 500 free with a time of 4:52.88; she earned nine points with her ninth-place finish.
Wisniewski and fellow freshman Kaitlin Jones placed ninth and 13th, respectively, in the 200 IM to combine for 13 team points. Wisniewski cruised to the top finish in the consolation final with a time of 2:03.01, while Jones touched in 2:05.32.