Johns Hopkins' 800 free relay team breaks NCAA record on Day 3
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Johns Hopkins claimed a pair of NCAA titles and a national record on the third day of the 2013 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship on Friday night. Sophomore Dylan Davis won gold in the 100 back and the 800 free relay team closed out the night with a title and a national record. Hopkins last won multiple NCAA titles at the same championship in 2009 when John Thomas won both the 100 and 200 back.
Hopkins accumulated 61 points on Day 3 of the championship to head into the final day in fourth place with 240 total points. Kenyon maintains its lead with 355.5 points, followed by two-time defending champion Denison (308) and MIT (275) to round out the top three.
Senior Nick Schmidt opened the night with an eighth-place finish in the consolation final of the 200 fly. He touched in 1:51.16 to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors. His prelim time of 1:49.08 is the second fastest time in program history, just three-tenths of a second shy of his own record. And as it turns out, Schmidt would end the night on a much higher note.
Davis then took home the title in the 100 back, coming from behind on the last lap to win by just one-hundredth of a second. He touched in 48.62 to best Denison’s Sean Chabot for the title. Davis is the first Blue Jay to win an individual NCAA title since Thomas won the 200 back in 2010. Thomas was also the last Blue Jay to win the 100 back, doing so in 2008 and 2009. Davis’ finals time of 48.62 is the fourth fastest in school history.
The Blue Jays closed out the night in record-breaking fashion, claiming gold in the 800 free relay. It came just moments after watching the Hopkins’ women’s team come from behind to claim the 800 free relay title. Juniors Anthony Lordi and Will Kimball and seniors Dylan Coggin and Schmidt led from start to finish and finished in an NCAA record time of 6:29.27. The quartet shaved 1.13 seconds off the national mark and 6.30 seconds off the program record. In addition, Lordi’s time of 1:38.32 in the 200 free leg is the third fastest time in program history and a career-best. It was the Blue Jays’ first NCAA title in the event and first relay title since 2007 when they won the 400 medley relay.