Sports Briefs

By kvitare1@johnshopkins.edu

Grand Slam

The Johns Hopkins baseball team captured the tournament title at the fifth annual Alpine Cup in Zurich, Switzerland, with three wins in three days. Making an international tour for the 11th time under head Coach Bob Babb, the Blue Jays defeated Swiss and Dominican teams to claim the championship.

Tennis Pro

Ashnaa Rao ’17 was named to the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America team. Rao earned the honor for singles and is the only player from the Centennial Conference to earn All-America honors. She enters her final season tied for 13th in school history with 37 career wins.

Going for Gold

Johns Hopkins was proud to have a student and a recent alum compete in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Senior Pilar Shimizu, who represented Guam, swam in the second heat of the 100-meter breaststroke and finished sixth. Ana Bogdanovski ’15, one of the university’s most lauded swimmers, was a first-time Olympian for Macedonia and a flag bearer for the opening ceremony. She swam in the second heat of the 200-meter freestyle and finished third.

New Directions

Alanna Shanahan has been named the new athletics director, succeeding longtime director Tom Calder, who is now director of alumni programs at JHU. Shanahan, a former lacrosse player who has served as the deputy director of athletics and senior women’s administrator at the University of Pennsylvania since 2012, is the fourth director of athletics and recreation at Johns Hopkins since 1950 and the first woman in the position.

Full Court Press

The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team had eight players selected to the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior and varsity player with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year. The Blue Jays posted a cumulative GPA of 3.30 last year.

Making Tracks

The Johns Hopkins women’s and men’s track and field teams placed 11 student-athletes on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Eight women and three men qualified by compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and meeting at least one of three athletic standards.