Johns Hopkins Wins Thomas Murphy Invitational
• Scores: Johns Hopkins (944 points), West Chester (910), Drexel (754), Loyola (734)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Mangione Pool at the Fitness & Aquatic Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s swim team picked up two individual wins and two relay wins on Saturday to grab first place in the 2017 Thomas Murphy Invitational. Hopkins edged Division II West Chester by 34 points for the win.
Top Finishers • Session Two
• Hopkins opened the second session with first and third-place finishes in the 200 Free Relay. Senior Anna Wisniewski, sophomores Lauren Harris and Alison Shapiro and freshman Mikayla Bisignani combined for a time of 1:35.94 to win by more than one and a half seconds. Taking third place were freshman Amy Pearson, senior Gwynnie LaMastra, junior Emily Cheng and sophomore Sonia Lin with a time of 1:38.63.
• Sophomore Lauren Parker was the only Blue Jay in the 400 IM and she clocked in at 4:43.16 for fifth place.
• Wisniewski grabbed another win as she beat the field to the wall in the 100 Fly with a time of 56.38. Her time is an NCAA provisional time and beat West Chester’s Morgan Haney by more than eight-tenths of a second. Harris followed in fourth place as she finished in 58.47.
• Senior Courtney Cowan then won the 200 Free as Hopkins took first, third and fifth. Cowan touched in 1:53.78 to win by 0.21 seconds over Drexel’s Tanja Kirmse. Freshman Emma McElrath finished in third place in 1:54.87 and sophomore Michelle Wang placed fifth in 1:56.28.
• The 100 Breast saw the Blue Jays claim third, fifth and sixth place. LaMastra led the way with her time of 1:05.39, as she missed first place by just 0.12 seconds. Senior Sara Wujciak finished in fifth with a time of 1:07.11 and Lin touched just two-hundredths of a second later for sixth place.
• Junior Sami Kegel was the top Blue Jay in the 100 Back as she finished in 59.56 for fifth place. Freshman Carmela Irato followed in eighth place with a time of 1:00.39.
• Hopkins ended the second session with the 1650 Free and Pearson led the Jays with a fifth-place finish and a time of 18:02.38. Junior Colleen Anderson finished in 18:16.98 for 10th place and junior Rabia Syed placed 13th in 18:37.77.
Top Finishers • Session Three
• Hopkins grabbed second and fourth place in the 200 Medley Relay to open the third and final session of the invitational. Lin, LaMastra, Wisniewski and Bisignani swam a 1:46.34 to take second. Finishing in fourth were Wang, Wujciak, Harris and Shapiro with a time of 1:48.60.
• The Blue Jays then took second, third and sixth in the 200 Back. McElrath paced the Jays with a time of 2:05.39. Kegel followed in 2:06.04 for third and Wang finished in 2:01.15 for sixth.
• Hopkins then grabbed four of the top six spots in the 100 Free to close the gap in the team standings to just eight points. Wisniewski led the charge as she took second in 53.08. Shapiro touched in 53.25 for third place, while Harris took fifth (53.90) and freshman Hanan Bandak placed sixth (54.11).
• The Blue Jays did one better in the 200 Breast as they grabbed second, third and fourth and a total of 60 points to take over first place. LaMastra led the squad as she placed second in 2:23.34. Wujciak grabbed third in 2:25.12 and Lin followed closely in 2:25.18 for fourth.
• Cowan then placed second in the 200 Fly as she clocked in at 2:06.63. Junior Elizabeth Duncan finished in eighth place with a time of 2:11.99 and JHU held a 20-point lead over West Chester heading into the final event.
• Hopkins ended the night with first and fifth-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay to secure first place in the invitational. Wisniewski, Shapiro, Bisignani and Cowan combined for the winning time of 3:31.35. The JHU quartet beat Drexel by 2.69 seconds for first place. Taking fifth place were Pearson, senior Lena Bless, sophomore Caroline Ward and Bandak with a time of 3:37.53.
• Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, November 18 at NYU, where Hopkins will also take on TCNJ. The meet is slated for a 1:00 pm start at the Palladium Pool.