Dec. 3, 2011
Hopkins opened the event with second and fourth-place finishes in the 1650 Free. Junior Casey Navin placed second with a career-best time of 18:00.63. Classmate Cathy Howard placed fourth as she finished in 18:27.89. The Blue Jays then took first and second in the 200 Back on the strength of swims by freshmen Hannah Benn (2:08.17) and Melinda Yau (2:08.42). Benn's time is a career-best. Hopkins followed that by sweeping the top six spots in the 100 Free, picking up 95 points in the standings. Senior Elizabeth Rogers led the contingent of Blue Jays with a swim of 52.88 to take first place and break the pool record. Freshman Ana Bogdanovski took second with a time of 53.85, while sophomore Alex Ladd and freshman Jillian Liwacz tied for third as they each touched in 54.01.
Freshman Maggie Storm then won the 200 Breast, clocking in at 2:28.92 to beat out senior Annie Tsay, who finished in 2:29.19. Freshman Kivilcim Gunay won another event for Hopkins as she touched in a career-best 2:11.38 to take first in the 200 Fly. The Blue Jays wrapped up day one by taking the top two spots in the 400 Free Relay. The team of Bogdanovski, Liwacz, Rogers and sophomore Kylie Ternes swam a pool-record time of 3:32.36, that was also an NCAA B time. Sophomore Taylor Kitayama, sophomore Sarah Rinsma, junior Eleanor Gardner and Ladd followed in second place with a time of 3:34.73.
The Saturday morning session opened the same way the Friday night session ended, with Hopkins taking first and second in a relay. Benn, Tsay, Kitayama and Rogers swam a pool-record time of 1:48.35 to win the 200 Medley Relay. Yau, Storm, Ternes and Liwacz combined to take second place with a time of 1:50.36. Navin won the 400 IM in 4:41.83, followed by junior Nicole Wain in second place with a time of 4:45.18. The Blue Jays swept the top three spots in the 100 Fly, led by Kitayama who took first in a pool-record and NCAA B time of 57.46. Gunay touched in 58.24 to finish in second, followed by Ladd in third with a time of 1:00.11.
Rinsma and Rogers then combined to go one-two in the 200 Free with Rinsma taking the top spot in 1:54.69. Rogers placed second as she touched in 1:55.51. Tsay followed with a win in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:07.57 while freshman Sammi Fox took third in 1:09.29. Kitayama led a group of Blue Jays that took first through third in the 100 Back as she touched in a pool-record time of 57.63, also an NCAA B time. Yau finished in second with a time of 59.48, just beating out Benn, who touched in 59.85.
Hopkins swept the top two spots in a relay again, this time in the 800 Free Relay, to close out the second session. Bogdanovski, Liwacz, Ladd and Rinsma swam a time of 7:52.46 to finish in first. Navin, Gardner, Gunay and junior Kristen Ferriero combined for a time of 7:57.01 to finish in second.
The start of the third session was more of the same as Hopkins finished one-two in the 200 Free Relay. Kitayama, Ternes, Bogdanovski and Rogers swam a time of 1:37.94 to win the relay. Tsay, Yau, Gardner and Liwacz followed in second place with a time of 1:39.57. Ladd then won the 500 Free, as she touched in 5:08.28, a career best time. Bogdanovski claimed third with a time of 5:14.26.
Kitayama and Fox combined to finish one-two in the 200 IM. Kitayama won the event with a pool-record and NCAA B time of 2:08.51. It was also the ninth fastest time in school history. Fox followed with a time of 2:08.94. Hopkins followed by taking the top five spots in the 50 Free, led by Rogers, who touched in 24.30. Rinsma followed in second in 24.61, while Ternes took third in 24.75. Hopkins closed out the festival by once again taking the top two spots in a relay. Kitayama, Tsay, Gunay and Rogers swam a pool-record time of 3:56.20 to win the relay. Kitayama's split in the 100 Back (57.65) was also an NCAA B time. The team of Yau, Fox, Ladd and Rinsma took second with a time of 3:59.54.
Hopkins is idle for the semester break and will return to action on January 13-14, 2012 at West Chester.