Johns Hopkins swimmers streak into Div. III meet

March 14, 1997|By Doug Brown

After extending one streak, Johns Hopkins men's swimming team is intent on extending another. The Blue Jays will go to the NCAA Division III championships at Miami of Ohio on March 20-22 seeking to finish in the top 10 for the 27th straight year in what was once the NCAA's small college division and is now Division III.

Last month, Hopkins extended a streak that spans two conferences, three coaches and many individual swimming champions. The Blue Jays' string of 27 consecutive conference championships is the longest in the country. Kenyon had the longest, 42, until it bowed to Denison in the North Coast Athletic Conference championships this year.

Hopkins' streak began in 1971 under Frank Comfort in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference. When Comfort left for North Carolina in 1977, the streak continued under Tim Welsh (now at )) Notre Dame) and current coach George Kennedy, reaching 17 before the Blue Jays switched to the University Athletic Association.

The title they won last month was their 10th in a row in the UAA, all under Kennedy, who arrived for the 1985-86 season and directed the team to its final two Mid-Atlantic titles.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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