INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 22, 2013 – James Madison sophomore swimmer Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) became the first swimmer in school history to compete in the NCAA Championships Friday, finishing 43rd in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke.
The NCAA Championships are being held at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind., this week. Won joins senior diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) as the only members of the JMU Swimming and Diving team to compete in the NCAA Championships. Helfrich competed in both the one-meter and three-meter boards in the 2011 championship.
“We are very proud of Sin Hye representing James Madison on a national stage,” head swimming and diving coach Samantha Smith said. “As a program, we have achieved many NCAA qualifying standards, but she is the first female to be invited to swim at this meet.”
Smith added, “Naturally, Sin Hye had a lot of nerves this morning going into her first race. Although she didn’t record the time she was hoping for, we are happy with her success. She learned a lot, gained invaluable experience and is excited for another race tomorrow.”
Won turned in a time of 1:01.71 to finish the swim 43rd out of 48 participants. She holds the school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.29. The sophomore established that mark at the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, last month.
Won wraps up her trip to Indianapolis and the NCAA Championships on Saturday by participating in the 200-yard breaststroke. She qualified 49th in the 200 with a time of 2:13.60. Saturday’s preliminary session starts at 11 a.m.
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