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Johns Hopkins Sits in First Place at Thomas Murphy Invitational

<B>Alison Shapiro</b>.
Alison Shapiro.
Nov. 3, 2017

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The Basics
• Scores: Johns Hopkins (298 points), West Chester (279), Loyola (233), Drexel (222)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Mangione Pool at the Fitness & Aquatic Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's swim team won three events and sit in first place with 298 points after the first session of the Thomas Murphy Invitational.

Quoting Coach Armstrong
• "Tonight we had a lot of fun, but it's a long three-session meet. The team is focused and has been working hard the past several weeks. Tomorrow will be the test if we can keep our momentum rolling from session one! Great swims by Alison Shapiro, starting us out with an anchor leg on the medley relay in a huge breakthrough swim and Davis Knox closed the session out with a gutsy 800 Free Relay leg."

Top Finishers
• The night began with a second-place finish overall in the 400 Medley Relay. Sophomore Michelle Wang, seniors Gwynnie LaMastra and Annie Wisniewski and sophomore Alison Shapiro swam a 3:52.45, missing first place by just three tenths of a second.
• The Blue Jays then grabbed first and second in the 500 Free, led by senior Courtney Cowan as she touched in 4:56.97. Her time is an NCAA provisional time and the sixth fastest in program history. Freshman Emma McElrath followed in 4:59.98, also a provisional time, for second place. Junior Rabia Syed claimed sixth overall with a time of 5:09.32.
• Wisniewski then swam to a first-place finish in the 200 IM as she touched the wall in 2:06.49, an NCAA provisional time. LaMastra followed in fourth place overall with a time of 2:09.86 and Wang claimed sixth place as she clocked in at 2:10.33.
• Freshman Mikayla Bisignani led the Blue Jays in the 50 Free as she placed third overall in 24.36. Shapiro finished in fifth place as she touched in 24.46.
• Hopkins ended the night with a win in the 800 Free Relay as Wang, Cowan, freshman Amy Pearson and McElrath swam an NCAA provisional time of 7:36.90. The Blue Jay quartet beat the field by more than eight seconds. The team of freshman Hanan Bandak, senior Lena Bless, junior Emily Cheng and LaMastra combine for a time of 7:50.58 to finish in fourth place overall.

Up Next
• The Thomas Murphy Invitational continues on Saturday, November 4 with sessions at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Fans can follow the results on the Meet Mobile app.