HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 1, 2012 – James Madison swimming and diving won 15 of the day’s 16 events to sweep a double-dual meet against Radford and Mount St. Mary’s at Savage Natatorium on Saturday afternoon. JMU defeated RU 180-105 and the Mount 171.50-108.50.
The Dukes won their fifth straight dual meet, improving to 7-2 on the season. The Highlanders dropped to 2-4 on the season while the Mountaineers ran their record to 3-2.
Madison had 10 different individuals win solo events, including a pair of first-place finishes for senior diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield), junior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and sophomore Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield). Helfrich won both the one-meter and three-meter dives to highlight a dominating performance by the JMU divers while Dubay won the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke. Won finished first in the 100 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.
Helfrich paced the diving team to the top six positions in the two diving events. She started her day by setting a new school and Savage Natatorium record in the one-meter dive with a score of 327.85. She broke the previous record of 323.60 held by Jessie Everett (2007-11). Sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) claimed second (288.55) and junior Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) came in third (257.15). The trio of Helfrich, Savage and Alexander repeated their places in the three-meter dive, with Helfrich claiming top honors for the ninth time in 10 events entered this season. She scored a 304.75 to edge Savage by 5.70 points (299.05). Alexander scored a 261.05 to finish in third.
Dubay touched the wall in a time of 24.70 to narrowly edge freshman Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) for first in the 50 freestyle. Molano finished five-hundredths of a second back of Dubay in a time of 24.75. In the 200 backstroke, Dubay again edged a teammate by less than one-tenth of a second, slipping past freshman Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) with a time of 2:28.47.
Won claimed the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.61 while finishing in first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:10.31.
Other individual event winners for the Dukes include Molano, seniors Anna Susko (Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury) and Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant), juniors Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) and Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason), sophomore Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) and freshman Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd).
Susko and Criscuolo celebrated senior day by winning the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, respectively. Susko timed a 1:55.96 in the 200 free while Criscuolo finished the 100 fly in 56.65 seconds. Johnson narrowly edged Hooped by one-hundredth of a second to win the 1,000 free (10:25.40) while Hooper earned first in the 500 free with a time of 5:08.34. Holmgaard claimed first in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.42). Edsall earned her first career win in the 100 backstroke (59.26) with Molano claiming top honors in the 200 backstroke (2:10.13).
JMU also finished first in the two relay events of the day. The team of Won, Criscuolo, Holmgaard and senior Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) got the day off to a good start for Madison, winning the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:54.90. Burns and Holmgaard teamed up with Molano and Dubay to win the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:37.93 in the day’s final event.
The Dukes are off for winter break and don’t compete in another dual meet until Dec. 29 when they face Miami (OH) in Boca Raton, Fla.
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