BALTIMORE, Md., Oct. 13, 2012 – James Madison swimming and diving won eight of the 16 events, including two individual wins each from senior diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) and sophomore swimmer Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) to sweep a double-dual meet against UMBC and Rider on Saturday afternoon.
JMU defeated Rider 231-67 and beat UMBC 175-124 to open the season with a 2-0 record in dual meets. UMBC defeated Rider 167-117 to start 1-1 while Rider went 0-2 on the day.
Helfrich and the diving program dominated the day for Madison, claiming six of the top seven spots in the two diving events. Helfrich finished first in both events, scoring a 269.00 on the one-meter board and a 264.45 on the three-meter board. Sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) claimed second on the one-meter (238.00) and third on the three-meter (239.65) while freshman Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) was second in the three-meter event (246.65) and fourth in the one-meter (230.85).
Won dominated the swimming portion of the meet. She finished first in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yard individual medley. The reigning Colonial Athletic Association Rookie Swimmer of the Year touched the wall at 1:06.70 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:25.42 in the 200 breaststroke event. She timed a 2:13.65 in the individual medley.
Won also teamed up with senior Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School), junior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and freshman Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) to finish first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:47.29.
Other individual event winners for JMU were Burns in the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) in the 100-yard freestyle, junior Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) in the 500-yard freestyle and junior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) in the 200-yard IM. Burns timed a 1:56.12 in the 200 free while Ginger touched the wall at 52.71 in the 100 free. Johnson finished the 500 free at 5:08.64 and Holmgaard finished with a time of 2:08.08 in the individual medley.
The final Madison win on the day came in the 400-yard freestyle relay as Molano, Burns and Gingher teamed up with freshman Camilla Czulada (Sinking Springs, Pa./Wilson) to time a 3:33.13.
JMU returns to the pool on Oct. 27 as it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., for a double-dual meet against Villanova and West Virginia beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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