ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 22, 2013 – James Madison swimming and diving placed six individuals in the “A” finals and finished second in both relay events to complete a solid first day at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., Friday.
JMU sits in fourth place after six events with 219 points. Tennessee leads the nine-team field with 328 points followed by Florida Gulf Coast (326) in second and Georgia Tech (265) in third. Trailing Madison in fourth is Vanderbilt (165) in fifth, Miami (115) in sixth, Florida Atlantic (102) in seventh, Clemson (39) in eighth with the College of Charleston (2) rounding out the field.
The Dukes started the opening session by tying for second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of seniors Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) and Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), junior Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) and sophomore Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) timed the third-fastest time in school history by completing the sprint in 1:32.07 to claim 45 points.
JMU matched that result in the final swim of the Friday evening session by claiming second in the 400-yard medley. This time Gingher and Holmgaard teamed up with junior Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and sophomore Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd) timing the third-fastest time in school-history by touching the wall at 3:42.33.
Gingher fueled the Dukes in the individual events by placing third in the 50-yard freestyle. The junior turned in a career-best and the third-fastest time in school history by completing the swim in 23.09 seconds. Molano added 12 points to JMU’s score by placing ninth with a career-best time of 23.74. That is the 10th-best time in school history.
Junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) continued to lead the Dukes in the distance events, claiming fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. She timed a 4:52.52, just missing her career-best to score 21 points.
The final individual swim of the opening day was the 200-yard individual medley where Holmgaard picked up 16 points with a ninth-place showing. She finished in a time of 2:10.25.
On the diving boards, Madison placed three players into the finals of the one-meter dive led by redshirt freshman Taryn McLaughlin (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson). McLaughlin claimed fifth with a score of 272.55. Sophomore Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) placed seventh with a score of 247.70 while freshman Olivia Lehman (Dayton, Ohio/Centreville) 10th, accumulating 212.10 points.
Junior Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) made her season debut in the event, totaling 193.10 points to place 17th.
The Georgia Tech Invitational resumes on Saturday with preliminaries during the day before a finals session in the evening.
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