DIII Johns Hopkins slips by DII West Chester in close, ranked battle
EWING, NJ -- No. 4 Johns Hopkins parlayed first and third-place finishes into a four-point win (168-164) against previously undefeated West Chester, ranked No. 11 in DII, in a two-day dual meet at TCNJ this weekend. The Blue Jays improved to 5-1 on the season and snapped the Golden Rams season-opening seven-meet win streak.
The day opened with the 1,650 free and the Golden Rams added to their first-day five-point lead by taking first through fourth places in the event. Senior Cathy Howard was the Blue Jays' top finisher as she placed fifth in 18:29.57. Classmate Kristen Ferriero followed in sixth place with a time of 18:32.77.
Hopkins closed the gap with a win and third-place finish in the 400 medley relay. Freshman Sean McGrath, sophomore Maggie Storm, junior Taylor Kitayama and sophomore Ana Bogdanovski swam the winning time of 4:00.56. The team of sophomore Hannah Benn, juniors Cristina Cusumano and Kylie Ternes, and freshman Megan Auzenbergs combined for a time of 4:05.39 for third place.
Sophomore Sammi Fox then won the 200 IM, clocking in with a time of 2:11.78 to win by nearly three seconds. The Blue Jays showed their strength in the 50 free, sweeping the top three spots. Auzenbergs won the event in a photo finish ahead of junior Sarah Rinsma, as she touched the wall in 24.68 -- just one hundredth of a second ahead of her teammate. Ternes followed in third place with a time of 24.82. Kitayama added another win for the Blue Jays by taking the top spot in the 200 fly with a time of 2:11.72.
Bogdanovski claimed another win for Hopkins, pacing the field to a win in the 100 free with a time of 52.19. Her time was an NCAA provisional time and beat second-place Codyanne Murtaugh of West Chester by 2.64 seconds. In the 200 back, the Blue Jays took second and fourth place. Senior Daniela Villegas took home second with a time of 2:13.90, while McGrath took fourth in 2:15.25.
Storm followed with a third-place finish in the 200 breast, as she touched the wall in 2:30.55. Hopkins then wrapped up the two-day event with a win and third-place finish in the 400 free relay. Rinsma, Kitayama, Ternes and Bogdanovski swam the winning time of 3:34.58, to best the second-place team from West Chester by 4.51 seconds. Coming in third for the Blue Jays was freshman Hannah Bunkin, McGrath, senior Eleanor Gardner and Auzenbergs.