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Cowan, LaMastra Pace JHU Against Navy and Towson

Oct. 21, 2017

The Basics
• Score: Navy-214, Johns Hopkins-79
Towson-212, Johns Hopkins-82
• Records: JHU (0-3) • USNA (4-0) • TU (2-1)
• Location: Annapolis, MD • Lejeune Hall
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s swim team broke a pair of dual meet records against Towson and host Navy Friday afternoon in Annapolis.

Quoting Coach Armstrong
• “Thanks to USNA for hosting us and to Towson for the great cross-town competition. Our Blue Jays battled through an extra tough week of training and stepped up to the challenge against some great Division I competition! Freshmen Emma McElrath and Noah Frassrand put in great swims and Fabian’s 200/500 double was great! Senior Courtney Cowan broke through with a Hopkins dual meet record in the 200 Fly and the women’s 200 Free Relay followed suit! We learned a lot but were enthused to see the progress from two weeks ago.”

Top Finishers
• Hopkins opened the day with the 200 Medley Relay. The team of sophomore Michelle Wang, seniors Gwynnie LaMastra and Anna Wisniewski and freshman Mikayla Bisignani finished in 1:46.61 to take second against both Navy and Towson. Freshman Carmela Irato, sophomores Sonia Lin, Lauren Harris and Alison Shapiro finished in 1:48.30 to take third against the Tigers.
• Freshman Amy Pearson led the Blue Jays in the 1000 Free with a time of 10:37.42. She finished in second against Towson and fourth against Navy.
• McElrath was the top Jay in the 200 Free as she clocked in at 1:54.91 to place second against Towson and third against Navy. Junior Emily Cheng finished in fifth place as she touched in 1:57.70.
• Wisniewski took second in the 100 Back (58.72) against the Mids and third against the Tigers. LaMastra followed with second-place finishes in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:05.84.
• Cowan followed with a time of 2:06.54 in the 200 Fly, breaking Shirley Chan’s dual meet record – also set against Navy. Cowan placed second against Towson and third against Navy.
• Bisignani then clocked in at 24.55 in the 50 Free to finish third against the Tigers and fourth against Mids. Pearson placed fifth against the Tigers as she touched in 24.83.
• In the 100 Free, freshman Hanan Bandak led JHU with a time of 54.63 to place fourth against Towson. She also finished in fifth against Navy. Bisignani followed in 54.87 for fifth and sixth place, respectively.
• McElrath was the top Blue Jay in the 200 Back as she finished in 2:06.63 for fourth place. In the 200 Breast, it was LaMastra leading the squad with another two second-place finishes with a time of 2:24.70.
• Cowan followed with a pair of second-place finishes in the 500 Free as she touched in 5:04.50. Wisniewski then took first in the 100 Fly against the Tigers in 56.73, while Wang placed third in 57.80l. The pair also finished second and third, respectively, against the Mids.
• In the 200 IM, LaMastra took second against Towson as she finished in 2:10.83, missing first place by less than a tenth of a second. Sophomore Claire State followed in third with a time of 2:15.57 and classmate Lauren Parker touched in 2:15.68 for fourth.
• Hopkins ended the day with a win over Towson in the 200 Medley Relay. Wisniewski, Shapiro, Lin and Bisignani set the school’s dual meet record with a time of 1:37.00. Wang, sophomore Caroline Ward, Pearson and Cowan finished in third place with a time of 1:38.33.

Up Next
• Hopkins returns to the pool in two weeks at the annual Thomas Murphy Invitational, hosted by Loyola. The meet begins on Friday, November 3 at 5:00 pm. Hopkins will compete against Loyola as well as Drexel and West Chester.