PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jan. 19, 2013 – James Madison swimming and diving won nine of the 16 events to earn a 165-135 win over Rutgers at the RU Aquatics Center in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday.
JMU won its eighth straight dual meet to improve to 10-2 this season, while delivering Rutgers its first loss of the season and dropping it to 5-1.
“This was a strong meet for us,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “We had a long week of training leading up to the weekend and it was great to see so many women step up and compete.”
Smith continued, “We competed well against Rutgers last year, so I was confident in our team heading into today’s first event.”
Sophomore Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) won twice on Saturday for the Dukes. She beat the field to the wall in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24:13. She also timed a 52:85 to claim first in the 100 free.
Junior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) turned in three top-two finishes, highlighted by winning the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.28). She finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.77) and the 200 free (1:53.71) to pace Madison in both events.
Other individual swimming event winners for JMU were seniors Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) and Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) and sophomores Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa).
Criscuolo won the 100 butterfly in 56.32 seconds while she and her sister, sophomore Melissa Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant), placed second and third, respectively, in the 200 fly. Won claimed victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.39), while Hopper won the 1,000 free (10:26.75).
Helfrich helped highlight another strong showing by the diving Dukes. She won the one-meter dive with a score of 293.62, adding a third-place showing on the three-meter board (282.75). Sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) claimed third in the one-meter (260.77) and fourth in the three-meter (272.10).
The Dukes also took advantage of the day’s relays, winning both the 400-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley events. In the 400 free, Criscuolo and Gingher combined with senior Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) and freshman Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) to time a 3:32.13. Won subbed in for Molano in the 200 medley relay to help win that event with a time of 1:45.00.
Saturday’s meet was Madison’s final dual meet of the season. The diving team travels to Lewisburg, Pa., on Feb. 2 for the Bucknell Invitational while the whole team closes out the regular season Feb. 15-16 in the UVA Cavalier Invitational.
“We still have a lot of work to do before our next meet,” Smith added. “So we will move on quickly and start preparing for our meet at UVA.”
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