JHU swims past DII West Chester
Blue Jays set two pool records for second consecutive day
Johns Hopkins Athletics
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins took down two pool records as the Blue Jays earned their first-ever win over Division II power West Chester with a 180-152 victory in the programs' 10th all-time meeting. Hopkins broke the 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay records, adding to the two pool records broken Friday night.
Hopkins opened the day with second and third-place finishes in the 1650 freestyle. Senior Kathleen Heslin took second place as she clocked in at 18:11.32 while sophomore Cathy Howard followed in third with a time of 18:24.19.
Then came the first of two pool records on the day as Hopkins placed first and third in the 400 medley relay. Freshman Taylor Kitayama, junior Annie Tsay, freshman Sarah Rinsma and junior Elizabeth Rogers won the relay in 3:59.77, breaking the nine-year-old pool record by 0.88 seconds. The team of sophomore Daniela Villegas, freshmen Cristina Cusumano, Alex Ladd and Kylie Ternes combined to finish third with a time of 4:07.78.
Tsay then grabbed a win in the 200 IM as she clocked in at 2:12.85. In the 50 freestyle, Rogers and Ternes combined to take the top two spots for Hopkins. Rogers won the event with a time of 24.95, just edging out Ternes by 0.01 second. Senior Meagan Heslin placed third in the 200 butterfly, clocking in at 2:13.46 while the Blue Jays won the 100 freestyle as Rinsma took the top spot in 54.13. Ladd then claimed third place in 54.62.
Kitayama followed with a win in the 200 backstroke as she touched in 2:09.73, winning by more than three seconds against West Chester's Jess Healy. Tsay earned another podium finish, this time in the 200 breaststroke as she placed second with a time of 2:32.32.
Hopkins closed out the day in style, taking the top two spots in the 400 freestyle relay while breaking the pool record. The team of Ternes, Rinsma, Kitayama and Rogers won the event in 3:35.47, eclipsing the eight-year-old record by 0.66 seconds. Taking second place was the team of Villegas, junior Khristine Ghemigian, freshman Eva Schulteis and Ladd with a time of 3:41.33.