Thomas Murphy Invitational

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 10. THE Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams came out on top at the Thomas Murphy Invitational hosted by Loyola College this weekend. Also participating was the Virginia Military Institute.

For the men, Hopkins opened with a win in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:28.99. Sophomore John Thomas (Montrose, CO/Montrose), freshman Brian Keeley (Rockford, MI/Rockford), junior Bob Sershon (Chicago, IL/St. Patrick) and senior Brad Test (Dresher, PA/Germantown Academy) swam the relay for the Blue Jays. Junior Colin Kleingeutl (Kingwood, TX/Kingwood) followed that with a win in the 500 Free (4:44.55) with freshman Alex Hsieh (Beijing, China/International School of Beijing) finishing in second (4:44.77). Keeley and sophomore Neil Mahoney (Excelsior, MN/Minnetonka) then took 1-2 in the 200 IM finishing in 1:57.55 and 1:58.13 respectively.

Test and senior Matt Fedderly (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh School) then finished 1-2 in the 50 Free with times of 21.59 and 21.74 respectively. The Blue Jay wins continued with a first place finish in the 800 Free Relay. Hsieh, Mahoney, Thomas and Kleinguetl swam the relay in 7:00.04. Fedderly, Keeley, Thomas and Test then combined to win the 200 Free Relay in 1:26.70.

Fedderly and Kleinguetl finished first and second in the 400 IM, with Hsieh winning the 200 Free. Thomas then won the 100 Back with Mahoney finishing in third. Keeley picked up a win in the 100 Breast (58.84) just edging out Fedderly in second (58.89). Test then won the 100 Free (47.67) while Fedderly won the 200 Breast (2:09.29). Hopkins closed out the meet with a win in the 400 Free Relay. Mahoney, sophomore Teddy Bulakul (Bangkok, Thailand/Hotchkiss), Hsieh and Test swam the relay in 3:11.88.

After taking second place in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 4:06.66, the Blue Jay women swept the top three spots in the 500 Free with junior Elissa Stautner (Conroe, TX/Academy of Science and Technology) taking first with a time of 5:10.28. Junior Kate Hansen (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston) took second (5:15.17) with freshman Kathleen Heslin (Wyckoff, NJ/Northern Highlands Regional) taking third (5:16.49). The Blue Jays then swept the top four spots in the 200 IM. Freshman Michele Palopoli (Gwynedd Valley, PA/Germantown Academy) won the event in a time of 2:15.75, with sophomore Caitlin Dennis (Moorestown, NJ/Merion Mercy Academy) following in second (2:15.90) and sophomore Lisa Qu (Atlanta, GA/Westminster) in third (2:16.10).

Hopkins won the 800 Free Relay, beating Loyola by nearly six seconds. Hansen, freshman Mary Claire Kozlowski (Fairfax, VA/Lake Braddock Secondary), junior Megan Zepp (Montgomery Village, MD/Stone Ridge) and Stautner swam the relay for the Blue Jays. Hopkins followed that with a win in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:42.83. Senior Erica Pakkala (Lititz, PA/Warwick), junior Val Neff-Rasmussen (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer), Hansen and freshman Elizabeth Dowdle (Tampa, FL/Academy of the Holy Names) swam the relay. Hansen then won the 400 IM with a time of 4:39.91, with Kozlowski taking third (4:45.40).

Pakkala, Qu, and freshman Meagan Heslin (Wyckoff, NJ/Northern Highlands Regional) then finished 1-2-3 in the 100 Fly, with Pakkala winning with a time of 1:01.81. Stautner followed with a win in the 200 Free (1:58.13) with Zepp finishing in third (2:00.89). Pakkala and Hansen then finished 1-2 in the 100 Back, followed by a win in the 100 Breast by Dennis. Zepp then won the 200 Back (2:15.61) while Stautner won the 100 Free (54.90). Dennis picked up another win in the 200 Breast (2:29.94) to wrap up the individual events.

Hopkins returns to action at the Nike Cup hosted by Kenyon beginning November 29 and running through December 1.

Special thanks to Johns Hopkins for contributing this report.

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