Johns Hopkins isn’t usually considered a swimming powerhouse; if the school is associated with anything, it’s doctors and lacrosse.
But this year, the university is proud to have two Blue Jays — one a rising senior; the other a recent graduate — competing in swimming events in the Rio Olympics.
Pilar Shimizu, a rising senior, will be racing the 100-meter breaststroke for Guam; she placed 42nd in that event in the 2012 Olympics in London. “I’m generally a very nervous person,” Shimizu told the Hopkins Hub, “but this time around I am a little bit more relaxed because I know what to expect.”
Ana Bogdanovski, who won 10 Division III swimming titles while at Hopkins, was picked to carry the Macedonian flag during the opening ceremony; she’ll swim the 200-meter freestyle for that country. Bogdanovski credits her time at Johns Hopkins (and her Hopkins swimming coach) with helping her get to the Olympics: “I would not be anywhere near the level I am now if it weren’t for Hopkins and Coach Kennedy,” she told the Hub. “Coach saw my potential the first time we met, back when I just started swimming and had a cast on my arm from a horseback riding injury. Not many other coaches took me seriously back then.”
Best of luck to both of them!
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