LaMastra Sweeps the Breaststroke at William & Mary
• Score: William & Mary-162, Johns Hopkins-100
• Records: JHU (0-1) • WM (1-0)
• Location: Williamsburg, VA • Recreation Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s swim team opened the season with four wins in a 162-100 loss at William & Mary Saturday afternoon. Senior Gwynnie LaMastra led the way as she swept the breaststroke events.
• Hopkins opened the year with second and fourth-place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay. Junior Natalia Rincon, LaMastra, senior Anna Wisniewski and freshman Mikayla Bisginani finished in 1:46.64. Sophomores Michelle Wang, Sonia Lin, Lauren Harris and Alison Shapiro placed fourth in 1:48.48.
• Freshman Emma McElrath led off the individual events with a third-place finish in the 1000 Free. She touched in 10:36.77, while classmate Amy Pearson placed fourth in 10:40.07.
• Senior Courtney Cowan grabbed first place in the 200 Free as she won by more than three seconds. She clocked in at 1:52.29 to post an NCAA provisional time. Wang finished in third place with a time of 1:56.83. Wisniewski then placed second in the 100 Back as she touched in 58.80. Freshman Carmela Irato took sixth place with a time of 1:00.79.
• LaMastra then earned the first of her two wins as she beat the field in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:05.65. She beat William & Mary’s Megan Bull by 1.34 seconds. Senior Sara Wujciak finished in fourth place as she touched in 1:07.68, missing third place by just one-hundredth of a second.
• Junior Elizabeth Duncan led the Blue Jays with a fifth-place finish in the 200 Fly in 2:15.76. Junior Emily Cheng followed in sixth place in 2:18.32. Bisginani then took third place in the 50 Free as she clocked in at 24.68. Sophomore Alison Shapiro touched two-tenths of a second later for fourth place.
• Wisniewski earned another second-place finish as she touched in 52.84 in the 100 Free. Shapiro followed with a third-place finish and a time of 54.07. Junior Sami Kegel earned another second place for the Blue Jays with her time of 2:07.66 in the 200 Back. Wang followed in third place with a time of 2:07.67.
• LaMastra then completed her sweep of the breaststroke as she swam a 2:21.60 in the 200. Her time was an NCAA provisional time and beat William & Mary’s Shannon Harrington by more than three seconds. Wujciak finished in 2:26.86 for fourth place.
• Cowan followed with a second-place finish in the 500 Free as she touched the wall in 5:02.39. Pearson finished in fourth place with a time of 5:14.55. Rincon took fourth place in the 100 Fly as she finished in 59.58, while Harris placed sixth in 1:00.40.
• Senior Kaitlin Jones wrapped up the individual events with a win in the 200 IM. She clocked in at 2:09.76, beating Wang by just five-hundredths of a second.
• Hopkins ended the day with second and fifth-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay. Wisniewski, Shapiro, Cowan and Pearson finished with a time of 3:32.58. The team of Rincon, sophomore Bailey Robertson, Cheng and Bisginani finished in 3:40.30.
Quoting Coach Armstrong
• “Thank you to William & Mary for hosting us. They have been a Division I mid-major powerhouse for years. There is nothing more fun than going into a meet overmatched and coming out with some wins! We were especially impressed with our senior women, across the board they out-performed last year and moved closer to the standard that William & Mary set.”
• Johns Hopkins travels to Annapolis, MD to take on host Navy and Towson on October 20 at 4:00 pm.