Johns Hopkins Sweeps Thomas Murphy Invitational Titles

Thomas Murphy Invitational

  • Nov. 1-2, 2019
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Men: Johns Hopkins-969.50, Drexel-854.5, Loyola-793, West Chester-701
  • Women: Johns Hopkins-827, West Chester-826, Drexel-722.5, Richmond-697, Loyola-543.5
  • Results

Courtesy: Johns Hopkins Athletics

The Johns Hopkins women’s swim team pulled out a one-point win over Division II West Chester in the Thomas Murphy Invitational at nearby Loyola. The Blue Jays won the five-team, two-day invitational with 827 points.

Friday’s Top Finishers
• Hopkins kicked things off with third and fifth-place finishes in the 400 Medley Relay. Sophomore Sydney Okubo and seniors Sonia Lin, Michelle Wang and Kiki Petersen finished with an NCAA B time of 3:50.30. Placing fifth were freshmen Renee Liu and Kate Overbey and sophomores Rebecca Ssengonzi and Kristen Alicea-Jorgensen with a time of 3:54.44.
• Overbey followed with a third-place finish in the 500 Free as she touched in 5:04.61. Junior Emma McElrath took fifth place in 5:07.41.
• In the 200 IM, Okubo placed fourth in 2:08.01 with sophomore Elaine Lipkin finishing in a tie for sixth (2:08.75).
• Petersen then beat the field in the 50 Free as she clocked in with an NCAA B time of 23.66, winning by nearly two-tenths of a second. Alicea-Jorgensen finished in fourth place with a 24.04.
• The Blue Jays closed out the first day with a first and fourth-place finish in the 800 Free Relay. Lipkin, Liu, McElrath and Wang swam a 7:35.98, an NCAA B time, to take the top spot. They beat the second-place West Chester relay by nearly six seconds. Sophomore Sophia Girgenti, freshmen Rayna Saldanha and Chase Lahr and junior Carmela Irato combined for a 7:47.70.

Top Finishers • Morning Session
• Hopkins opened the morning session with a second-place finish in the 200 Free Relay. Senior Kiki Petersen, sophomore Sophia Girgenti, junior Mikayla Bisignani and sophomore Kristen Alicea-Jorgensen combined for an NCAA B time of 1:35.59.
• Sophomore Syndey Okubo then took second in the 400 IM, touching in 4:26.67. Her time is an NCAA B time and is tied for the fifth fastest in program history. Senior Michelle Wang followed in fourth place with a time of 4:32.01.
• Sophomore Rebecca Ssengonzi grabbed third place in the 100 Fly as she touched in 57.33.
• The 200 Free saw the Blue Jays claim second through fifth place, led by sophomore Elaine Lipkin in 1:53.81. Girgenti (1:54.10), freshman Renee Liu (1:54.94) and junior Carmela Irato (1:55.94) all followed.
• Senior Sonia Lin was the top Blue Jay in the 100 Breast, finishing in fifth place with a time of 1:06.19. The 100 Back saw freshman Cecilia Cortez and Bisignani finish in sixth and seventh, respectively. Cortez clocked in at 58.57 and Bisignani followed in 58.73.
• Lipkin closed out the session with a third-place finish in the 1650 Free in an NCAA B time of 17:25.49.

Top Finishers • Afternoon Session
• The third and final session kicked off with the 200 Medley Relay and Hopkins took third place, Okubo, Lin, Wang and Petersen combined for a time of 1:45.29, just one hundredth of a second off an NCAA B time.
• The Blue Jays then took first, third and fourth in the 200 Back. Okubo led the way as she clocked in at 2:01.84, an NCAA B time. Freshman Chase Lahr placed third in 2:04.80, beating Liu by just over a tenth of a second.
• Petersen took third place in the 100 Free in 52.25, while Girgenti finished in sixth in 52.97. Lin led Hopkins with a sixth-place finish in the 200 Breast, as she touched in 2:23.22.
• Wang then placed second in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:05.61 and Ssengonzi took fourth in 2:11.35.
• Hopkins wrapped up the meet and the win with fourth and fifth-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay. Petersen, Girgenti, Alicea-Jorgensen and Wang placed fourth in 3:32.31. Irato, Okubo, junior Emma McElrath and Liu finished in fifth with a time of 3:36.81.

The Johns Hopkins men’s swim team won six events over the final two sessions to win the 2019 Thomas Murphy Invitational at Loyola. The Blue Jays piled up 969.50 points through 20 events to beat Division I opponents Drexel and Loyola and Division II West Chester. The Johns Hopkins men won four events and posted five NCAA B times on day one of the Thomas Murphy Invitational.

Quoting Coach Armstrong
“This fall has been a major test of the team. Hard training and top competition for a couple of months now. We are most proud of the positivity on the pool deck. Thank you to Loyola for hosting a great meet and thanks to the other teams for some great races!”

Friday’s Top Finishers
• Hopkins opened the meet with a win in the 400 Medley Relay. The team of sophomores Dylan Wachenfeld, Maxwell Chen, Jeff Vitek and Noah Corbitt swam a 3:19.67, an NCAA B time, to win by nearly four seconds. The team of junior Matt McGough, freshman Tristan Lin, junior Nat Davenport and freshman Kyle Wu placed fourth in 3:24.79.
• The Blue Jays then grabbed three of the top four spots in the 500 Free, led by sophomore Collin Hughes with a time of 4:37.76. Freshman Alec Caswell placed second in 4:42.12 and sophomore Mitchell Simmons finished fourth in 4:44.53.
• Hopkins nearly turned the same trick in the 200 IM, claiming first, second, fifth and sixth. Chen led the way as he touched the wall in 1:50.82. Lin followed in second place with a time of 1:51.44. Both Chen and Lin’s times are NCAA B times. Wu clocked in at 1:54.03 for fifth place with Wachenfeld touching just four-hundredths of a second later for sixth place.
• The 50 Free saw Hopkins take second and third in the only event the Jays didn’t win. Davenport missed the top spot by just six-hundredths of a second, finishing in 21.03. Corbitt followed closely in third with a time of 21.09
• Hopkins wrapped up the first day with a win in the 800 Free Relay. Corbitt, Wu, McGough and Hughes cruised to a nearly eight-second with a time of 6:45.93. Simmons, Wachenfeld and juniors Noah Frassrand and CJ Arena placed fifth in 7:02.13.

Top Finishers • Saturday Morning Session
• Hopkins picked up where it left off the night before, opening the morning session with a win in the 200 Free Relay. Junior Nat Davenport, sophomore Noah Corbitt, freshman Kyle Wu and sophomore Maxwell Chen combined for a 1:23.97.
• Freshman Tristin Lin took third in the 400 IM as he touched in 4:04.55, followed by junior CJ Arena in fourth (4:05.31). Sophomore Jeff Vitek followed with a second-place finish in the 100 Fly with a time of 49.53.
• The Blue Jays then swept the top four spots in the 200 Free, led by Corbitt, who beat the field with an NCAA B time of 1:39.67. Sophomore Collin Hughes took second (1:40.61), followed by junior Matt McGough (1:43.37) and sophomore Mitchell Simmons (1:44.41).
• Hopkins nearly did the same in the 100 Breast, taking first through third. Chen grabbed the win and an NCAA B time as he clocked in at 54.96. Junior Marcelo Lauzurique finished in 57.29 and Wu followed in third in 57.52.
• JHU turned the same trick in the 1650 Free as Arena beat everyone to the wall with an NCAA B time of 16:11.05. Simmons finished in second place (16:19.85) and freshman Alec Caswell took third (16:20.15).

Top Finishers • Saturday Afternoon Session
• The Blue Jays took second and fourth in the 200 Medley Relay to open the third and final session Saturday afternoon. Chen, Lin, Vitek and Davenport combined for a time of 1:32.97, to just miss the win by 0.13 seconds. Sophomore Dylan Wachenfeld, Lauzurique, freshman Ryan Spencer and Hughes finished in fourth in 1:33.41.
• Wachenfeld then took second in the 200 Back as he finished in 1:48.02, an NCAA B time. Corbitt followed in third place with a time of 1:52.10.
• Chen and Hughes followed with second and third-place finishes in the 100 Free. Chen touched in 46.61 to beat Hughes by just nine-hundredths of a second.
• Hopkins then swept the top-three spots in the 200 Breast as freshman Brandon Stride led the way with a winning time of 2:04.92. Lauzurique took second in 2:05.39 while Wu took third with a time of 2:05.47.
• Vitek followed with a win in the 200 Fly, beating the field with an NCAA B time of 1:49.47. Lin finished in 1:51.36 to take third place.
• Hopkins wrapped up the weekend with second and fourth-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay. Corbitt, Hughes, Davenport and Wu placed second in 3:07.32. The team of Chen, Lin, junior Noah Frassrand and Vitek placed fourth in 3:09.29.

Up Next
• Hopkins is back in action in three weeks as the Blue Jays travel to New York, NY to take on the NYU Violets on Saturday, November 23.

Courtesy: Loyola Athletics

BALTIMORE – Devin Cronin and Sung Lee each posted individual event victories, and Loyola University Maryland’s swimming and diving programs combined for four runner-up efforts over the final two sessions of this year’s Thomas Murphy Invitational at Mangione Pool.

Sophomore Jimmy Hayburn finished first in the 50-free with a time of 20.97 seconds on the first day of the Thomas Murphy Invitational.

Hayburn led a solid Greyhound showing in the 50-free. Colin Anderson was ninth (21.59) while Jonathan Brooks was 11th (21.88).

The men’s team also finished second in the 800-free relay as Sung Lee, Reid Hussey, Dylan Champagne and Max Verheyen combined to post a time of 6:53.81.

In the 400-medley relay, the Greyhound men’s team had a fifth place finish and a sixth place finish. Conor Rutigliano, David Sears, Lee and Hussey teamed up for a time of 3:25.35 for fifth. Brooks teamed up with Anderson, Zac Metzler and Anderson to take sixth place (3:28.00).

Lee and Champagne finished fifth and sixth in the 500-free while Verheyen had a third place finish in the 200 IM (1:53.22).

Junior Emma Schouten was the top individual finisher for the women’s team. In the 500-free, she was second to Georgia Wright of West Chester with a time of 5:03.78.

In 200 IM, sophomore Elizabeth Walsh finished fifth (2:08.04) while senior Devin Cronin placed tenth (2:10.46).

Junior Megan Dickey led the Greyhounds in the 50-free as she placed third (24.02) while Sophie Jahan was 12th (24.60).

The Greyhounds’ 400-medley relay team, led by Faith Tyranski, Schouten, Annie Hayburn and Claire Bowser, took sixth place with a time of 3:57.37.

In the 800-free relay, Loyola had teams place eighth and ninth. The team of Walsh, Jahan, Hayburn and Lauren Joyce took eighth with a time of 8:00.26. Schouten, Sarah Abri, Elizabeth Romano and Michelle Lebed posted a time of 8:02.97 to finish ninth.

On Saturday, Cronin beat out 16 other competitors in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Lee was first in a field of 36 swimmers in the 100 butterfly.

Three Greyhound women were among the top eight in the 100 breast. Cronin completed the race in 1:03.00, Emma Schouten followed in fourth (1:05.33) and Abby Andrews was eighth (1:08.20).

Schouten and Cronin added strong performances in the 200 breast later in the afternoon, with Schouten taking second place with a time of 2:19.77, less than a half second ahead of Cronin (2:20.20) in third.

Loyola’s other top individual efforts on the women’s side came in the 100 fly, with Emily Koegl (2nd, 55.27), Anne Hayburn (4th, 57.63) and Elizabeth Walsh (5th, 58.26) all cracking the top five.

Walsh added an eighth place showing in the 100 backstroke (58.86). Megan Dickey was fifth in the 100 freestyle (52.56), Molly Davis took sixth in the 200 fly (2:13.80) and Elizabeth Romano placed eighth in the 1650 free (18:15.16).

In the relays, Claire Bowser, Cronin, Sophie Jahan and Dickey were fifth in the 200 free (1:39.00) while Walsh, Cronin, Koegl and Dickey were fifth in the 200 medley.

Jess Stolfi posted the top scoring effort for the female divers, earning 197.00 points to take eighth in the 3-meter.

Lee became the second Loyola male to win a race this weekend, as he completed the 100 fly in a time of 48.99. He also joined Colin Anderson, Jimmy Hayburn and Jonathan Brooks for a runner-up effort in the 200 free relay (1:24.60).

The Greyhounds had several top finishers in the 100 back. Conor Rutigliano placed second overall out of 15 competitors with a mark of 52.15, just edging out Brooks (52.37). Mark Boran followed in fifth (52.96) and Zachary Metzler was seventh (54.14).

John Sakovich (5th, 58.27) and David Sears (6th, 58.63) had strong showings in the 100 breast, Hayburn (5th, 47.27) and Anderson (8th, 47.85) cracked the top eight in a field of 36 swimmers in the 100 free, and Max Verheyen (5th, 2:05.69) and Sakovich (7th, 2:09.74) were among the top finishers in the 200 breast.

Finishing just outside of the top five individually were Dean Spicer (6th, 16:41.28) in the 1,650 free and Dylan Champagne (6th, 1:45.16) in the 200 free. Loyola’s group of Rutigliano, Sears, Lee and Hayburn added a fifth-place showing in the 200 medley relay, completing the race in 1:34.21.

Jack Still competed in both diving events for the Greyhounds, placing fifth in the 1-meter (197.70 points) and 3-meter (197.80 points).

Richmond, Drexel, Johns Hopkins and West Chester also took part in this weekend’s meet.

Loyola returns to the road next Saturday, traveling to Patriot League member Colgate for a dual beginning at 12 p.m.

Courtesy: Drexel Athletics

BALTIMORE – Drexel women’s swimming and diving notched eight top-three finishes, highlighted by wins in the 100 free by Lera Nasedkina and by the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams on the final day of the Thomas Murphy Invitational, hosted by Loyola (Md.).

In total, the Dragons had 13 placers in the top five of their respective events. In addition to the trio of winners, there were three runner-up performances and two more third-place results.

“Overall, I am happy with the team’s performance over the last two days,” head swimming coach Adam Braun said.  “The teams that beat us suited up for all their events.  We gave athletes the choice during the last session to suit up.  Of the handful that did, we had multiple lifetime best times, which is pretty amazing considering where we are at this point of the season.”

Highlighted by Nasedkina’s second-place finish in the 50 free, the Dragons posted nine top-10 finishes on Friday evening.

Nasedkina posted a season-best time in the 50 free, touching the wall in 23.85 for her first sub-24 second result in the event. The sophomore also swam the third leg of Drexel’s fourth-place 400 medley relay team. Nasedkina, Alexa Kutch, Gabrielle Rudy and Alicia Diaz turned in a time of 3 minutes, 52.23 seconds in the first event of the day.

Rudy also collected an eighth-place finish in the 200 IM, clocking in a 2:09.43. She was followed closely behind in ninth by teammate Megan Sicinski (2:10.23).

Ryann Styer was the Dragons’ second top-10 placer in the 50 free. The sophomore posted a time of 24.39 to finish ninth.

In the final swimming event of the evening, Drexel placed two teams in the top-seven of the 800 free relay. The Dragons ‘A’ team of Paige Powell, Lauren DiCamillo, Jordan Washart and Natalie Gundling finished fifth with a time of 7:52.07. The quartet of Maddie Riley, Dora Gercsak, Olivia Shaffer and Chelsea Gravereaux turned in a seventh-place result at 7:59.14.

Nasedkina left her mark on the Drexel record book for the second day in a row on Saturday. After logging the eighth-fastest time in program history in the 50 free (23.85) last night, the sophomore posted the fourth-fastest time in the 100 free. Nasedkina touched the wall in 50.83 to win the event.

Freshman Maddie Riley rewrote the program record book on Saturday as well. Riley touched the wall in 17 minutes, 9.65 seconds in the 1650 free, finishing second and moving into fifth place in Drexel’s top-10 times in the event. In the process, the Austin, Texas native completed her first 20 laps in 10:17.81, which would be the second-fastest time in school history in the 1000 free.

Nasedkina factored in a pair of relay victories on Saturday. Swimming the final leg in both events, she helped the 200 medley relay team featuring Alexa Kutch, Gabrielle Rudy and Hollie Hopf to a winning time of 1:44.01. In the 400 free relay, Alicia Diaz, Paige Powell, Ryann Styer and Nasedkina posted a gold-medal time of 3:28.68.

Kutched added an individual silver medal in the 100 back, touching the wall at 56.82. Rudy finished second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.10

In the 200 free relay, Styer, Rudy, Diaz and Nasedkina clocked in a 1:36.44, which was good enough for third place.

On the boards, Becca Demaree placed top-four in both events. In the 1-meter dive, the sophomore from Denver, Colo. Scored a 224.70 for a third-place finish. She also added a fourth-place result in the 3-meter dive.

Johns Hopkins (827) edged out West Chester (826) to win the invite by a single point. The Dragons collected 722.5 points to finish comfortably ahead of Richmond (697). The hosts, Loyola (Md.) rounded out the field with 543.5 points.

The Dragons return to action following a two-week break at the Patriot Invitational, hosted by George Mason. The three-day event runs Nov. 21-23.

“The last two weeks have been very tough, both physically and mentally,” Braun said. “We get a short break from racing to tune up for our mid-season meet in two-and-a-half weeks, and I believe we will perform really well.”

Drexel Men’s Swimming & Diving rallied to a second-place finish on the final day of the Thomas Murphy Invitational, hosted by Loyola (Md.). Anthony Musciano swept both diving events, and the Dragons won six races, on top of 12 other top-10 finishes.

The Dragons earned four top-five finishes on the day with another eight top-10 placers.

On Friday, Drexel kicked off the competition with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay. Kiran Richardson, Jason Arthur, Paris Raptis and Stathis Malamas clocked in at three minutes, 23.47 seconds, edging out a team from West Chester by .34 seconds.

Arthur and Raptis both went on to top-10 results in the 200 IM. Arthur finished in sixth with a time of 1:54.07, while Raptis placed 10th with a season-best time of 1:55.51.

The Dragons enjoyed a multitude of success in the 50 free – placing four in the top 10. Malamas and John Scully finished back-to-back in fourth and fifth, respectively. Malamas touched the wall at 21.25 with Scully just .07 behind him.

Another Drexel duo, T.J. Given and Richardson, finished in quick succession in the 50 free. Given posted a season-best time of 21.42 to finish seventh. Richardson placed eighth at 21.56.

The 800 free relay team of Richardson, Arthur, Raptis and Malamas ended Friday’s action with a third-place result and a time of 7:00.47.

Drexel’s haul on Saturday included two silver medals and a trio of bronzes. Jason Arthur joined Musciano as a multi-time winner – finishing first in two individual events and in one relay. Kiran Richardson and Stathis Malamas each paired a solo victory with a win in the 200 medley relay.

“Overall, I am happy with the team’s performance over the last two days,” head swimming coach Adam Braun said. “The last two weeks have been very tough, both physically and mentally. We get a short break from racing to tune up for our mid-season meet in two-and-a-half weeks, and I believe we will perform really well.”

Musciano claimed victory in the 3-meter dive with a score of 225.10, and teammate Will Seely added a third-place finish with 216.40 points. Musciano and the Dragons would do one better in the 1-meter dive, sweeping the event first through third. Musciano took first with a score of 254.45. Seely followed behind in second with 232.75 points, and Evan Meiers claimed third (228.65).

Arthur’s first victory came in the 400 IM, where he touched the wall in four minutes 1.04 seconds. He earned his second individual gold of the day in the 200 back with a winning mark of 1:47.93.

Richardson turned in a winning performance in the 100 back, clocking in at 51.36. Malamas claimed the top spot in the 100 free with a mark of 45.47.

The Dragons’ relay victories came in the 200 medley and 400 free. Richardson, Zachary Valenzuela, Paris Raptis and John Scully won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:32.86. Arthur, T.J. Given, David Kneiss and Malamas turned in a winning effort of 3:04.08 in the 400 free.

Raptis was a runner-up in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.67.

The 200 free relay team of John Scully, Kevin Spear, Given and Malamas earned a bronze medal with a time of 1:24.82.

The Dragons finished behind only Johns Hopkins, who won the invite with 969.5 points. Drexel posted 854.4 points to finish well clear of Loyola (Md.) (793) and West Chester (701).

The Dragons return to action following a two-week break at the Patriot Invitational, hosted by George Mason. The three-day event runs Nov. 21-23.

Courtesy: West Chester Athletics

BALTIMORE, Md. – Senior Georgia Wright (Doncaster, England) and sophomore Ann Carozza (West Chester, Pa./East) each established NCAA ‘B’ cut times in winning a pair of races, but it was not enough to overcome Johns Hopkins, which topped the Golden Rams in the team scoring by one point Saturday night at the Thomas Murphy Invitational hosted by Loyola University (Md.).

The women’s side came down to the final relay of the night – the 400-yard freestyle relay. Wright was named the swimmer of the meet while diver Nadia Mulder (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) was named the diver of the meet. Wright won the 500 free on Friday night and followed up with wins in the 1650 free and the 400 IM while hitting NCAA ‘B’ cut times in each race. Mulder, who won the 1-meter springboard competition on Friday night, turned around and won the 3m board on Saturday.

OTHER NOTES: Carozza posted butterfly times today in both the 100 & 200 that were faster than her PSAC Championship times last season. Both times were NCAA B cuts.

Junior Julia McCarthy (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) won the 200 free with an NCAA ‘B’ standard as well.

On Friday, Wright won the 500-yard freestyle, and the 400 medley relay turned in an excellent winning performance, to lead West Chester’s women’s swimming & diving squad into second place after the first night of action at the Thomas Murphy Invitational at Loyola (Md.) University Friday night.

Diver Nadia Mulder (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) also won the 1-meter springboard competition.

Johns Hopkins leads the five-team field with a 273.5 points to West Chester’s 218. Drexel is third with 180 points and Richmond is fourth with 178. Host Loyola is fifth with 151.5 points.

Wright touched the wall in 4 minutes, 57.95 seconds to win that race. She was the only swimmer under five minutes. Julia McCarthy (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) was fourth (5:07.17) while Jenna Fox (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) placed seventh (5:08.34) and Emma O’Neill (Glenside, Pa./Abington) was eighth in 5:10.95.

The 400 medley relay, made up of Alyce-Fay Eichelberger (West Chester, Pa./Westtown School), Madi Grenoble (Downingtown, Pa./Stem Academy), Ann Carozza (West Chester, Pa./East) and Mikaela Lantz (Reading, Pa./Reading) turned in a time of 3:49.06 that was 0.02 seconds ahead of the foursome from Richmond in winning that event. The 800 free relay ended the night with a second-place finish in 7:41.81. O’Neill joined Carozza, Fox and McCarthy on that relay.

Grenoble placed third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.58.

Jarod Anderson (Newville, Pa./Big Spring) finished off a great weekend in leading West Chester’s men’s swimming & diving contingent at the Thomas Murphy Invitational Saturday.

Anderson turned in a lifetime, in-season time in the 200-yard breaststroke and placed fourth. He also finished fourth in the 100 breast for the Golden Rams on Saturday.

Meanwhile Brazilian swimmers Leo Chaves and Joao Pedro Barreto (Nitrosoi, Brazil) took third and fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Carter Smith (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) placed second off the 3-meter diving board, and the 400-yard medley relay team put up an excellent time in placing third on Friday night.

The 400 medley relay team made up of Logan Brockway (York, Pa./Dallastown), Jarod Anderon (Newville, Pa./Big Spring), Joao Pedro Barreto (Niteroi, Brazil) and Leo Chaves (Brazil) turned in a time of 3 minutes, 23.81 seconds and placed third. That was an excellent time for this early in the season.

Collin Pettit (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) was third in the 500 free (4:43.94) and Keir Uhlin (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) seventh (4:48.72).

Chaves placed fourth in the 200 individual medley in 1:53.87.

West Chester will be back at home to compete in the Golden Rams’ Classic Nov. 22-24.

Leave a Reply

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments