HARRISONBURG, Va, Jan 18, 2013. -- The James Madison swimming and diving team concludes dual meet competition this weekend against Rutgers University. The Dukes, who are 9-2 in dual meets, take on the Scarlet Knights at RU Aquatics Center on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m.
JMU looks to equal last season’s success against Rutgers, when the Dukes handed the Scarlet Knights their first loss of the season. Madison won the meet 161-139 at Savage Natatorium.
“This weekend will be a great meet for us against Rutgers,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “Last year this meet created a lot of intensity and I imagine this year will be the same. It is a perfect opportunity to compete in a high energy setting.”
“This meet is our last opportunity to race and compete in a dual meet format before we go to the UVA Invitational and then the CAA Championships,” Smith added. “It is important for us to use every race and every dive as preparation for the end of the year. The competition is very strong and I am looking forward to the challenge for our athletes.”
JMU is coming off a dominant performance in the pool last weekend, defeating Georgetown 210-86, and beating American 222-56. The Dukes won all 16 events, finishing first and second in 13 of them.
In the swimming events, senior Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.29 and also won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:25.91. Freshman Jackie Crawford (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) won the first two individual events of her career with wins in 50-yard freestyle in 25.29 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.43. The Dukes also captured wins in both the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay events.
Senior Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) and sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) led JMU to victory in diving. Helfrich claimed first in the three-meter dive with a mark of 298.70, while Savage took the top spot in the one-meter dive with a score of 281.65.
Saturday’s action gets started from the RU Aquatics Center at 10:30 a.m. with the 200-yard medley relay. The meet is available on AT&T’s RVision. Live scoring is also available through www.scarletknights.com.