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Merch Madness
Melissa Helock
Position: Freestyle
Year: Senior
Hometown: Scotch Plains, N.J.
High School: Scotch Plains Fanwood
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As a senior:

  • Won 200 Individual medley (2:11.38) against Radford/Campbell/Marshall
  • Won 1000 freestyle against Rutgers, with team's season-best time of 10:15.47
  • Helped her team win the 800 freestyle relay (7:19.29) at the CAA Championships in the fastest time in school history.
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete

As a junior:

  • Turned in the third-fastest time in JMU history in the 500 freestyle (4:54.87) at the CAA Championship
  • Turned in the fourth-fastest time in JMU in the 1000 freestyle (10:13.96) in dual meet versus Richmond
  • Turned in the fourth-fastest time in JMU in the 1,650 freestyle (16:53.47) to place 10th at the CAA Championships
  • Won the 100 freestyle in dual meet versus Marshall (54.29)


As a sophomore:

  • Prelim mark of 4:57.73 in 500 free was fourth-fastest in JMU history
  • 1650 time was fifth-fastest ever at JMU, while 1,000 free split mark of 10:24.54 was seventh-best all-time

As a freshman:

  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • Placed third and set a personal season best time in 200 freestyle against Loyola/Towson (1:56.14)
  • Swam personal best in 500 freestyle against Richmond (5:14.49)
  • Placed sixteenth in 200 freestyle (1:53.16) at the CAA Championships in sixth-best time in JMU history
  • Helped her team place fourth and set a school record in the 800 yard freestyle relay at the CAA Championships
  • Swam ninth-best 500-free time at JMU (5:02.99)

Before JMU:

  • As a junior was 200 IM county champion and 100 free county champion
  • High school record holder in 100 free, high school MVP swimmer
  • Senior year was captain and 200 IM county champion
  • Conference Scholar Athlete 2008


Getting to Know Melissa....

Name: Melissa Helock
Hometown:  Scotch Plains, N.J.
High School:  Scotch Plains Fanwood
Parents' names: George and Donna
Siblings' names and ages:  George (21)

Why did you choose JMU?
I really liked the campus and the team was so welcoming

What is your major?

What do you enjoy most about JMU Swimming and Diving?
How everyone on the team gets along so well!

What are your goals for this season?
Make CAA's and go best times

What are your favorite things about JMU?
Everyone being so friendly and all of the dining halls are so good!

What is your favorite place on campus?
The Quad especially when it snows

What are your favorite: 
         Foods: Penne Vodka
          TV Shows: 24, Real housewives, The Hills
          Music: Any kind of rap

Who on the team (is):
            Silliest/goofiest: Morgan Hammond
            Most stylish: Julie Stefanski
            Hardest worker: Bruce
            Eats the most: Samantha Conley Holland

What do you want to do after college?
Become a CPA

What is your favorite event and why?
 200 Free, it's the perfect distance!

What other activities or hobbies do you enjoy?
Running and being with friends and family!

The best part of your day at JMU is...
Going to D-hall with the team after practice!