MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Oct. 25, 2013 – James Madison swimming and diving won two events and recorded six top-three finishes on day one of the West Virginia Invitational at the WVU Natatorium in Morgantown, W. Va., Friday.
The Dukes lead the four-team meet with 316 points through six events. Cincinnati is second with 278 points followed by Villanova with 202 points and West Virginia with 197.
Junior Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) picked up the first of JMU’s event wins, placing first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:21.86. Sophomore Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) came in third in the event with a time of 2:24.57 while senior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) came in fifth with a time of 2:25.34.
The other JMU win came in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the Madison team of senior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason), junior Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area), sophomore Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and Dubay touched the wall with a time of 1:36.10 to narrowly edge the team from Cincinnati by 0.06 seconds.
The Dukes compiled three of the top five times in the 200-yard butterfly, led by junior Melissa Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) finishing in third. She timed a 2:07.85, trimming sophomore Cameron Martin (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) who finished in fourth with a time of 2:08.19. Junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) placed fifth with a time of 2:08.37.
Hooper also finished fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle followed by freshman Claire Adkins (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle) in fifth.
Other top-three finishers for the Dukes include Gingher and sophomores Stephanie Clarke (South Riding, Va./Freedom) and Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd). Gingher placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.07 while Clarke and Edsall finished second and third, respectively in the 200-yard backstroke. Clarke timed a 2:07.23 while Edsall touched the wall just behind her at 2:07.23.
Diving results were not available due to technical issues for West Virginia.
Day two of the West Virginia Invitational gets underway at 10 a.m. with the final session scheduled for 3 p.m.
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