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Hopkins Wins 800 Free Relay on Day Three of NCAAs

Hopkins won its second straight 800 Free Relay title on Friday night.

March 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Johns Hopkins women's swim team claimed its fourth relay title at the 2014 NCAA Championships and is in third place after three days. The Blue Jays won the 800 Free Relay and also took silver in the 100 Back, as they picked up 57 points on day three. Four-time defending champion Emory remains in fourth place with 411.5 points while Kenyon is in second with 299. Hopkins sits just one point back of Kenyon for third (298 points) and is 22 points ahead of fourth-place Denison (276 points).

Hopkins closed out the night with another relay win and another come-from-behind performance as the Blue Jays won the 800 Free Relay in 7:21.49. Senior Sarah Rinsma led off the relay with a 1:50.42 split, followed by classmate Taylor Kitayama, who went 1:51.12, and sophomore Ellen Marcus, who turned in a 1:52.66 leg. When junior Ana Bogdanovski hit the water, Hopkins was in third place and trailed first-place Emory by 1.92 seconds. By the 100-yard mark, Bogdanovski had made up the difference and then some as the Blue Jays had a 0.35-second lead. She finished with a 1:47.29 anchor leg as Hopkins won by 0.43 seconds. The quartet earns First Team All-America honors as well as bringing home the program's second straight title in the event. For Kitayama it was her 24th career All-America honor, breaking JHU Hall of Famer Krissy Brinsley's record of 23.

"Out of anybody, I'm always confident to see Ana hop in the water," said assistant coach Nikki Kett. "There isn't another person I know who can hop in there and will themselves to win every race. She doesn't think about what her time is going to be or what the result will be, she just gets up and has fun with every race. It's really to fun to see someone race with that kind of passion and joy for the sport and for her teammates. As much as she loves to win for herself, she's always been a team-person and she will do anything for her teammates."

Freshman Abby Brown opened the night by winning the consolation final of the 200 Fly. She won with a school-record time of 2:03.96 and earns Honorable Mention All-America honors with her finish. Kitayama followed with a silver medal in the 100 Back, earning her second top-three finish and the first silver of her career. She swam a 54.48 to finish just 0.15 seconds out of the top spot and grab First Team All-America honors. Her time is also the sixth fastest in program history, as she owns all of JHU's top 10 times in the event.

On going into the final day in third place, "I don't think they [the team] put too much pressure on themselves," Kett commented. "The fight from second to fourth is really close, but that's not what matters. If we finish fourth, we'll be excited because we've given 100 percent in every race.

Hopkins wraps up the championship on Saturday, March 22 at the IU Natatorium. Saturday morning's session will begin at 10:00 am with the 100 Free. The finals are slated to begin at 6:00 pm.

NCAA Champions
50 Free • Ana Bogdanovski • 22.80
200 Free • Ana Bogdanovski • 1:47.74
200 Free Relay • Sarah Rinsma, Taylor Kitayama, Ana Bogdanovski, Kylie Ternes • 1:32.38
800 Free Relay • Sarah Rinsma, Taylor Kitayama, Ellen Marcus, Ana Bogdanovski • 7:21.49
200 Medley Relay • Taylor Kitayama, Pilar Shimizu, Kylie Ternes, Sarah Rinsma • 1:41.94
400 Medley Relay • Taylor Kitayama, Maggie Storm, Kylie Ternes, Ana Bogdanovski• 3:42.90

School Records
50 Free • 22.80 • Ana Bogdanovski
200 Free • 1:47.74 • Ana Bogdanovski
100 Back • 53.61 • Taylor Kitayama (400 Medley Relay)
200 Fly • 2:03.96 • Abby Brown
200 Free Relay • 1:32.38 • Sarah Rinsma, Taylor Kitayama, Ana Bogdanovski, Kylie Ternes
200 Medley Relay • 1:41.94 • Taylor Kitayama, Pilar Shimizu, Kylie Ternes, Sarah Rinsma
400 Medley Relay • 3:42.90 • Taylor Kitayama, Maggie Storm, Kylie Ternes, Ana Bogdanovski