Johns Hopkins' Davis breaks NCAA Division III backstroke record
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore Dylan Davis dominated day one of the Gettysburg Final Fall Fast Festival as he broke the NCAA Division III record in the 200 back. The record-breaking swim was the highlight for JHU breaking five pool records, two Johns Hopkins program records and posted four NCAA automatic qualifying times as the Blue Jays took the lead through six events.
Davis' performance came in the first event of the night on the men's side. He won the 200 back with a time of 1:46.01 to best the previous mark of 1:46.30 held by Quinn Bartlett of Denison (2011). The time is also an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Freshman Justin Tang took home third place with a time of 1:50.06, while juniors Joe Acquaviva (1:51.79) and David Woodford (1:52.34) finished in fourth and fifth, respectively, and with NCAA provisional times.
The Blue Jays then swept the top three spots in the 100 Free, led by junior Will Kimball's winning time of 44.93. His time is an automatic qualifying time and a career-best. Senior Dylan Coggin placed second with a provisional time of 45.02 while junior Anthony Lordi finished in third in 45.52, also a provisional time. Sophomore Gideon Hou followed with a win in the 200 Breast as he touched in a career-best time of 2:06.50, good for an NCAA provisional time. Junior Alex Polyak claimed third place as he finished in 2:10.49.
Hopkins added another school record, this time in the 200 fly as senior Nick Schmidt won the event and bested his own school record with a time of 1:48.78. His time is also an automatic qualifying time and a pool record. Sophomore Greg Kogut followed in second place as he clocked in at 1:53.89. The Blue Jays followed with another one-two performance in the 1650 Free. Freshman Bill Gravley paced the field with a pool record, career best and provisional time of 16:00.38. Sophomore Berkay Polat claimed second place with a time of 16:23.82.