Nov. 30, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - A year after breaking two pool records on day one of the Gettysburg Final Fall Fast Festival, the Johns Hopkins women's swim team is off to an even better start. Hopkins broke four pool records, one Johns Hopkins program record and posted eight NCAA provisional qualifying times. The Blue Jays lead the two-day event with 361 points after six events.
Junior Taylor Kitayama got things going for the Blue Jays in the 200 Back as she paced the field with a pool record and NCAA provisional time of 2:01.27. She won the event by more than five seconds as the Blue Jays swept the top three spots. Freshman Sean McGrath placed second with an NCAA provisional time of 2:06.38. Sophomore Hannah Benn followed in third place with a time of 2:08.19.
Hopkins then took first through fifth place in the 100 Free, posting two provisional times, one pool record and one JHU record in the process. Sophomore Ana Bogdanovski swam to a first-place finish as she touched in 51.00 to best the pool record as well as the Johns Hopkins program record. Her time is also a provisional time, as is junior Sarah Rinsma's second-place time of 52.02. Junior Kylie Ternes placed third with a time of 52.73, followed by freshman Megan Auzenbergs (52.97) and senior Eleanor Gardner (53.48).
Sophomore Maggie Storm then won the 200 Breast with a time of 2:23.28, a provisional time and pool record. Classmate Sammi Fox took third place as she touched in 2:25.66. Junior Alex Ladd added another win for the Blue Jays, taking the top spot in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:08.87, to win by more than four seconds.
Hopkins closed out the first day in impressive fashion, claiming the top three spots, all three with provisional times, in the 400 Free Relay as well as breaking the pool record. Bogdanovski, Rinsma, Kitayama and Ladd swam to a first-place finish with a combined time of 3:27.15. In addition, Bogdanovski's split of 50.80 bested her own school record, set earlier in the night, as she is the first swimmer in program history to swim a sub 51.00 in the 100 Free. Taking second place was the team of Ternes, McGrath, Gardner and Auzenbergs with a time of 3:32.34. And finishing in third place was sophomore Jillian Liwacz, Fox, freshman Ellen Marcus and senior Kristen Ferriero in 3:32.69.
The Final Fall Fast Festival concludes on Saturday, December 1. The morning session begins at 10:00 am, with the night session set to begin at 5:00 pm.