Towson vs. Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, Maryland, January 28. FOUR pool records fell on Friday afternoon as Division I Towson defeated host Johns Hopkins, 160-102. The Blue Jays slip to 4-3 on the season, suffering their first lose since November 6. The 10th-ranked Tigers improve to 12-1 with their fifth straight win.

The first of four pool records fell in the first event of the day, the 200 Medley Relay. Hopkins won the relay as the team of freshman Taylor Kitayama, junior Annie Tsay and freshmen Alex Ladd and Sarah Rinsma with a time of 1:49.44. The time broke the previous record of 1:49.56 set in 2008. In the 1000 Free, Hopkins took third and fourth, led by senior Kathleen Heslin with a season-best time of 10:44.09. Sophomore Cathy Howard followed in fourth in 10:53.69, also a season best.

Sophomore Daniela Villegas then took second place in the 200 Free as she finished in a career-best 1:56.40. In the 100 Back, Kitayama picked up her second straight win and third on the season with a time of 58.58, 2.66 seconds ahead of Towson's Erica Hall. Tsay followed that with a win in the 100 Breast, as she touched in 1:08.53. Freshman Cristina Cusumano finished in third with a time of 1:10.06. In the 200 Fly, sisters Kathleen and Meagan Heslin finished third and fourth, respectively. Kathleen touched in 2:12.31 to finish in third, followed by Meagan in 2:13.73.

Towson then took down a pool record as Meredith Budner won the 50 Free in 24.38, breaking the six-year-old record of 24.52. Freshman Kylie Ternes finished in second with a time of 25.34 while sophomore Eleanor Gardner took fourth in 25.93. Rinsma followed with an individual win, taking the top spot in the 100 Free in 53.45. In the 200 Back, it was Kitayama and Villegas finishing one-two for the Blue Jays. The win for Kitayama was her third straight as she remains unbeaten in the event in dual meets this season. She clocked in at 2:07.95, while Villegas took second in 2:11.50.

Senior Charlotte Floria then took third in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:33.30. In the 500 Free, Hopkins took fourth through sixth, led by Howard who finished in 5:17.87. Freshman Rachel Randall took fifth (5:27.26) and junior Heidi Culver took sixth (5:30.01). Rinsma took third in the 100 Fly as she clocked in at 1:00.26. While in the 200 IM, Hopkins again finished fourth through sixth. Tsay finished in fourth in 2:11.98, followed by sophomore Nicole Wain (2:17.19) and senior Michele Palopoli (2:18.84). Hopkins wrapped up the meet with second and third-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay. Towson won the relay with a pool-record time of 3:34.79, breaking the mark set earlier this season by Hopkins of 3:35.47. For the Blue Jays, the team of Rinsma, Villegas, Kitayama and Tsay took second in 3:35.98. While Ternes, Gardner, junior Khristine Ghemigian and Ladd took third in 3:39.94.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, January 29 as Washington & Lee visits Baltimore. The meet is slated to begin at 11:00 am with the 200 Medley Relay.

The Johns Hopkins men's swim team defeated nearby Division I Towson, 161-98, on Friday afternoon to win its fourth straight meet. The Blue Jays, ranked fourth in Division III, improve to 5-1on the season while the Tigers drop to 0-12. Hopkins closed out the meet in impressive fashion, breaking a 30-year old pool record.

Hopkins opened the day by sweeping the top three spots in the 200 Medley Relay. The team of sophomore Dylan Coggin, junior Tim Nam, sophomore Carter Gisriel and junior Eddy Zandee won the relay with a time of 1:36.35. Finishing just 0.48 seconds later was the team of freshman David Woodford, senior Chris Razavi and sophomores Nick Schmidt and Tyler Woods, as they combined for a time of 1:36.83. And taking third was freshmen Sean Glass, Alex Polyak, Ben Tillar and Brandon Moy in 1:38.39.

Freshman Theo Leclere followed with a second place finish in the 1000 Free with a time of 9:59.33. In the 200 Free, it was Schmidt and junior Stephen Niemiec combining to go one-two to pick up 13 points for the Blue Jays. Schmidt took the top spot, touching in a season-best time of 1:43.59. Niemiec followed in second place with a time of 1:44.25. Hopkins followed that up with a one-two-three sweep of the 100 Back. Coggin touched first with a time of 54.45, edging out Woodford in second in 54.58. Glass followed in third with a season-best time of 54.98.

Nam led a Hopkins contingent in the 100 Breast that took second through fourth with a time of 1:00.17. Polyak finished in third (1:00.89) and Razavi took fourth (1:01.86). In the 200 Fly, it was Gisriel taking second with a time of 2:01.55. Freshman Athony Lordi and Zandee then combined to go one-two in the 50 Free. Lordi earned the win as he touched in 21.51, with Zandee taking second in 21.80. It was more of the same in the 100 Free as the Blue Jays swept the top three spots. Schimdt took the win as he clocked in at a season-best 47.97. Woods followed in second (48.30), with Tillar taking third (48.57).

In the 200 Back, Hopkins picked up nine more points by taking second through fourth. Woodford led the way for the Blue Jays, finishing in second in 1:58.31. Junior Patrick Lynch then took third (2:02.62) and freshman Mike Leddy took fourth (2:04.09). The 200 Breast saw Hopkins once again sweep the top three spots, with Nam taking the win in 2:09.99. Razavi took second with a time of 2:13.87, while Polyak finished in third in 2:14.18. Lordi picked up another win, winning the 500 Free in a season-best 4:46.48. Freshman Willl Kimball took third, also with a season-best time, in 4:52.97.

Gisriel earned his first win, taking the 100 Fly with a time of 52.87, while sophomore Jason Ho took second in 53.44. Hopkins swam exhibitions in the 200 IM before closing out the meet with the 400 Free Relay. Hopkins won the relay with a record-breaking swim. Lordi got the relay off to a strong start with an opening leg of 46.76. Schimdt, Gisriel and Woods followed – all with sub 47.50 splits – as Hopkins won the relay in 3:08.42. The time broke a 30-year-old pool record of 3:09.63.

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