JHU, top teams ready for NCAAs
243 swimmers from 52 teams head to Shenandoah, Texas
BALTIMORE, Md. -- No. 3 Johns Hopkins will send 12 swimmers to the 2013 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship in Shenandoah, Texas this week. The Blue Jays are making their 32nd consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships, making Hopkins one of just three schools to compete at every NCAA Division III Championship since its inception in 1982. JHU will have swimmers in 12 individual events as well as all five relays. Hopkins boasts the fastest time in the nation this season in the 800 free relay and the second fastest in the 400 free relay.
Senior Eleanor Gardner is making her second appearance at the championships and will be swimming three events. A two-time All-American (400 free relay, 400 medley relay), she will compete in the 100 and 200 free as well as the 400 free relay.
Making their third trips are juniors Sarah Rinsma, Alex Ladd, Kylie Ternes, Taylor Kitayama and Cristina Cusumano. Rinsma, a 10-time All-American, will compete in six events -- the 100, 200 and 500 free in addition to the 200, 400 and 800 free relays. Ladd is a four-time All-American in the 400 and 800 free as well as 200 medley relays. She will compete in the 200 and 500 free, 200 fly and 800 free relay. Ternes has garnered All-America honors three times in the 200 and 400 free relays and will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well as the 200 medley relay. Cusumano, who will swim the 200 medley relay, has twice earned All-American honors in the event.
Kitayama is the Blue Jays' active leader with 11 career All-America honors in the 200 and 400 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays in addition to the 100 and 200 back and 100 fly. At this year's championship, she will swim the maximum seven events. Kitayama will compete in the 100 and 200 back, the 100 fly, the 400 and 800 free relays and the 400 medley relay. She boasts the second fastest time in the nation in the 100 back, the third fastest in the 100 fly and the fourth fastest in the 200 back.
Sophomores Sammi Fox, Ana Bogdanovski, Kylie Holden and Magie Storm will be making their second trip to the championships. Fox will swim the 200 and 400 IM as well as the 200 breast. Bogdanovski, who earned All-America honors three times as a freshman, will compete in the maximum seven events in 2013. She will swim the 50, 100 and 200 free as well as all three freestyle relays and the 400 medley relay. Bogdanovski posted the fourth-fastest time in Division III in the 100 free this season. Holden earned All-America honors in the 200 medley last season, will swim the event again this year. Storm will swim the 100 and 200 breast as well as the 400 medley relay at this year's championship.
Making their first appearance at NCAAs are freshman Megan Auzenbergs and Sean McGrath. Auzenbergs will compete in the 50 and 200 free relay, while McGrath will swim the 100 and 200 back, 200 free and 400 medley relay.
No. 6 Williams is sending 13 swimmers to the NCAA championships, while No. 1 Kenyon is sending 14, No. 2 Denison is sending 16 and defending champion No. 4 Emory is sending the most of any of the 52 participating teams with 17.
Among the returning competitors for the Emory are 2012 national champions Anna Dobben (200 free relay, 400 free relay), Leslie Hackler (200 medley relay), Nancy Larson (400 free relay), Sadie Nennig (200 back, 200 medley relay), Renee Rosenkranz (200 free relay, 400 free relay) and Ann Wolber (200 free relay), in addition to 2012 all-Americans Taryn Lushinsky, Courtney McDermott, Mia Michalak, McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg and Brooke Woodward.
*Emory Athletics contributed to this article.