Fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins powers past No. 6 Stevens in top-10 battle
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- In a much-anticipated meeting between two teams ranked in the top 10, fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins won 11 of the first 12 events to defeat host and sixth-ranked Stevens 164-94. The Blue Jays improve to 7-1 on the season, while the Ducks fall to 2-1.
Hopkins got things going with a win and a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Juniors Taylor Kitayama and Cristina Cusumano, sophomore Kylie Holden and freshman Megan Auzenbergs swam a winning time of 1:49.75. The team of freshman Sean McGrath, sophomores Maggie Storm and Melinda Yau and junior Sarah Rinsma placed third with a combined time of 1:52.92. Senior Kristen Ferriero then placed second in the 1,000 free as she finished in 10:55.07, while classmate Nicole Wain finished in 10:56.16 for third.
The Blue Jays followed that with a sweep of the top three spots in the 200 free. Sophomore Ana Bogdanovski paced the field as she won the event in 1:55.42. Rinsma took second in 1:57.50, beating junior Alex Ladd by four tenths of a second. Kitayama grabbed the first of her three individual wins on the day when she won the 100 back with an NCAA provisional time of 57.89. McGrath took home third place with a time of 1:01.82.
In the 100 breast, sophomore Sammi Fox and Storm combined to go 1-2 in a close finish. Fox touched first and reached the wall in 1:09.48, just 0.12 seconds ahead of Storm. Freshman Katie Buchser and Ladd had a nearly identical finish in the 200 fly. Buchser won the race and beat Ladd to the wall by just one tenth of a second, finishing in 2:14.60. Bogdanovski earned her second individual win, taking the top spot in the 50 free in 24.61. Auzenbergs followed in third place with a time of 24.95.
Bogandovski added another win, this time in the 100 free, clocking in at 53.26 to win by 1.11 seconds ahead of senior Eleanor Gardner, who finished in 54.37. Kitayama's second win of the day came in the 200 back as she posted an NCAA provisional time of 2:04.38 and won by nearly eight seconds. McGrath placed second with a time of 2:12.08. Fox grabbed a second win as she took the top spot in the 200 breast with a time of 2:29.15. Storm followed a second later to place second in 2:30.38.
Rinsma picked up her first individual win as she clocked in with a time of 5:12.48 in the 500 free. Ladd placed in third with a time of 5:17.12. Kitayama closed out her three-win day as she swam to a first-place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 58.67. Buchser and Holden then tied for third as they each touched the wall in 1:00.85.