Johns Hopkins to Send Fourteen Swimmers to NCAA Championships
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Hopkins has made every NCAA Division III Championships since its inception in 1982. The Blue Jays have placed in the top-15 26 times and the top-five five times. Only two schools will boast more swimmers at the championships than Hopkins. Last season, the Blue Jays placed ninth with 10 swimmers combining to earn 21 All-America honors.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays are a quintet of five seniors who are making their fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships – Lena Bless, Courtney Cowan, Kaitlin Jones, Gwynnie LaMastra and Anna Wisniewski. Junior Natalia Rincon is making her third trip to NCAAs while sophomores Sonia Lin, Kristen Petersen and Alison Shapiro are making their second trip. Making their first appearance at the championships are senior Sara Wujciak, sophomore Michelle Wang and freshmen Mikayla Bisignani, Emma McElrath and Amy Pearson.
Jones is the Blue Jays active leader in career All-America honors with 15, which ranks 10th all-time in program history. Wisniwski (14) and LaMastra (13) also boast double-digit All-America honors in their careers. Cowan is a nine-time All-American and Bless and Petersen are each three-time All-Americans. Shapiro has grabbed All-America honors twice while Lin and Rincon have done so once.
Cowan is the top seed in the 500 Free with a time of 4:48.50, more than three seconds faster than the number two seed. LaMastra is seeded fifth in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:17.36. Hopkins is also seeded fourth in the 200 Free Relay (1:33.68) and fifth in the 400 Medley Relay (3:46.25).
The championships will begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 21 with the preliminaries for the 500 Free. Fans can watch the action on here: https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule