Jones Places Fifth in 200 Breast at NCAA Championship
• Location: Shenandoah, TX • Conroe ISD Natatorium
• The Short Story: Junior Kaitlin Jones took fifth place in the 200 Breast in record-breaking fashion on the final day of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Hopkins finished in ninth place with 120.5 points. Emory won its eighth straight championship with 645.5 points with Williams (445) and Kenyon (381) rounding out the top three.
• Jones and classmate Gwynnie LaMastra had great swims in their final event of the meet. LaMastra shaved 1.61 seconds off her prelim time to win the consolation final and place ninth overall in the 200 Breast. Jones then finished with a school-record time of 2:16.39.
• Hopkins finished the 2017 championship with an 11th place finish in the 400 Free Relay. Freshmen Kristen Petersen and Alison Shapiro, junior Lena Bless and Jones combined for a time of 3:25.96. The quartet shaved 1.30 seconds off its prelim time to move up four spots.
• Johns Hopkins finishes in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships for the 21st time since the championship’s inception in 1982. The Blue Jays have finished in the top-10 in each of the last seven years, the longest stretch in program history.
• Jones’ fifth-place finish in the 200 Breast is the best by a Blue Jay since Allie Foster finished fourth in 2007. Her time of 2:16.39 broke LaMastra’s school record by 0.58 seconds and her prelim time (2:17.47) is the fourth fastest time in JHU history. LaMastra’s finals time of 2:17.60 is the fifth fastest in program history.
• Jones now has 15 All-America honors in her career, which is tied for 10th in program history. LaMastra now counts 13 All-America honors in her career,.
• Bless and Petersen each earned their third All-America honor while Shapiro picked up her second.