Johns Hopkins Takes Down Loyola and St. Francis
Nov. 5, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins women's swim team defeated Division I opponents Loyola (205-156) and St. Francis (PA) (193-132) on Saturday in the annual Thomas Murphy Invitational. The Blue Jays improve to 3-0 on the season. Hopkins won nine events and two Blue Jays reached NCAA B qualifying times.
Hopkins opened with a win in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:56.81 to edge St. Francis by more than two seconds. Swimming the relay were sophomore Taylor Kitayama, freshmen Sammi Fox and Kivilcim Gunay and senior Elizabeth Rogers. Kitayama's time of 57.37 in the 100 Back split of the relay is an NCAA B time. The Blue Jay team of freshman Hannah Benn, senior Annie Tsay, freshmen Kylie Holden and Ana Bogdanovskifinished in third with a time of 4:01.41.
Sophomores Sarah Rinsma and Alex Ladd then combined to go two-three in the 500 Free, clocking in at 5:07.70 and 5:11.30, respectively. In the 200 IM, Fox took home the top spot with an NCAA B time of 2:08.27, the fourth fastest time in school history. Hopkins then claimed the three through five spots in the 50 Free. Bogdanovski led the way with a time of 24.69, followed by sophomore Kylie Ternes (24.74) and freshman Jill Liwacz (24.97). Hopkins picked up another relay title in the 800 Free as junior Kristin Ferriero, Ladd, Rogers and Rinsma finished in 7:48.28. They edged out another Blue Jay team, Bogdanovski, juniors Daniela Villegas and Eleanor Gardnerand freshman Selena Martin, that finished in 7:53.72.
Bogdanovski, Rogers, Ternes and Rinsma then took first in the 200 Free Relay as the quartet clocked in at 1:38.39. Again, it was another Hopkins team taking second in Kitayama, Benn, Liwacz and freshman Melinda Yau with a time of 1:39.87. Junior Casey Navinwas the Blue Jays top finisher in the 400 IM as she took sixth with a time of 4:45.29. Kitayama followed that with a win in the 100 Fly as she touched in 57.55, an NCAA B time. Holden followed in third in 1:00.51, while Gunay took fourth in 1:00.92.
Rinsma, Rogers and Ladd then combined to go second-third-fourth in the 200 Free. Rinsma touched in second with a time of 1:56.10, followed closely by Rogers (1:56.50) and Ladd (1:56.63). Kitayama added another win and another NCAA B time as she won the 100 Back with a time of 57.70, beating St. Francis' Alicia Ford by nearly two seconds. In the 100 Breast, Tsay edged out Fox for first place as she touched in 1:07.69. Fox followed with a time of 1:07.78 for second place. Junior Cathy Howardfinished in second in the 1650 Free with a time of 18:06.96 as the only Blue Jay in the event.
The Blue Jays claimed yet another relay win in the 200 Medley Relay with the 10th fastest time in school history. Kitayama, Fox, Holden and Bogdanovski swam the relay and clocked in at 1:47.53. Kitayama picked up another win, this time in the 200 Back as she beat the field by nearly six seconds to finish in 2:04.59. It is the seventh fastest time in school history and an NCAA B time. Bogdanovski took third place in the 100 Free with a time of 53.59. Fox and Tsay then went two-three in the 200 Breast as Fox clocked in at 2:29.09 to just edge out Tsay, who finished in 2:29.69.
Junior Nicole Wainswam a career-best time of 2:15.67 to finish in fourth in the 200 Fly. She was followed closely by Navin who took fifth in 2:15.79. Hopkins swam an exhibition in the final event, the 400 Free Relay.
Hopkins returns to action at the University of Maryland Terp Cup, November 17-19 in College Park, MD.
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