CATONSVILLE, MD, Feb. 1. THE UMBC swimming teams each defeated Johns Hopkins Friday afternoon at the UMBC Natatorium. The Retriever men topped the Blue Jays, 130.5-97.5, while the UMBC women defeated JHU, 140-75.
This morning, JHU bounced back, with the men's and women's swimming teams each picking up wins over Washington & Lee in the White Athletic Center. The Blue Jay men recorded a 105-77 victory over the Generals, while the JHU women posted a 99-78 win.
Last night, the Retriever men improved to 7-3 and the women improved to 9-3 with the wins, while the Hopkins men and women fell to 5-6 and 4-7, respectively. Today, the JHU men even their record at 6-6 while the women improved to 5-7.
Against UMBC, senior Scott Armstrong (Medford Lakes, NJ/West Morris Central/Bernards) led the Blue Jay men by winning the 500 freestyle in 4:39.33 and the 1000 freestyle in 9:35.91.
Armstrong also finished second in the 200 freestyle in 1:43.87, while junior Kyle Robinson (Holden, MA/ Wachusett Regional) placed second in the 50 freestyle in 21.44 and senior Justin Brannock (West Palm Beach, FL/Dreyfoos School of the Arts) came in second in the 100 freestyle in 47.46.
Junior Scott Pitz (Paoli, PA/Conestoga) finished second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.31, while sophomore J.P. Balfour (Plano, TX/Plano East) placed second in the 200 individual medley in 1:56.96. Additionally, the Hopkins 400 free relay team won its race in 3:14.54, while the JHU 400 medley relay team won in 3:29.54.
The Blue Jay women were led by freshman Abiona Redwood (Kingston, Jamaica/St. Andrew), who won the 50 freestyle in 25.07 and the 100 freestyle in 54.89.
Freshman Stephanie Leaman (Grosse Point Woods, MI/Grosse Point North) placed second in the 500 freestyle in 5:23.53, while freshman Jessica Chang (Penfield, NY/Penfield) came in second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:25.83.
Competing against Washington & Lee, sophomore J.P. Balfour (Plano, TX/Plano East) won the 1000 freestyle in 10:05.36 and the 200 backstroke in 1:54.03 for the Hopkins men, while junior Oliver Buccicone (Rochester, MN/Rochester Lourdes) took the 200 freestyle in 1:47.08 and the 200 butterfly in 2:00.57.
Senior Mark Levin (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) won the 50 freestyle in 22.23 and the 100 freestyle in 49.45, and freshman Brian Sneed (Chattanooga, TN/McCallie) captured the 200 individual medley in 2:00.33.
Additionally, the JHU 400 medley relay team of senior Jason Loverdi (Fredericksburg, VA/James Monroe), Levin, freshman Gary Itskovich (Brooklyn, NY/Midwood HS at Brooklyn College), and Sneed won its race in 3:42.65.
Freshman Stephanie Leaman (Grosse Point Woods, MI/Grosse Point North) won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.20 for the Hopkins women's team, while freshman Abiona Redwood (Kingston, Jamaica/St. Andrew) took the 50 freestyle in 25.04 and freshman Jessica Chang (Penfield, NY/Penfield) captured the 200 individual medley in 2:17.52.
Sophomore Diana Smirnova (Las Cruces, NM/Phillips Exeter Academy) won the 200 butterfly in 2:13.60, sophomore Michelle Phillips (Northridge, CA/Phillips Exeter Academy) took the 100 freestyle in 56.07, and freshman Katie Herbst (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) captured the 500 freestyle in 5:18.39. The Hopkins 400 medley relay team of Kristin Stepaniak (Shoreview, MN/Mounds View), Chang, freshman Sida Liu (Phoenix, AZ/North Canyon), and Phillips also won its race.
The Blue Jay women return to action on Saturday, February 22, when they compete in the Case Invitational in Cleveland, OH. The Hopkins men return to the pool on February 28 through March 2 at the ECAC Championships in Pittsburgh, PA.