HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 2, 2012 – The James Madison swimming and diving team continues dual-meet competition this weekend when it travels to Newark, Del., for the Colonial Athletic Association Pod Meet hosted by the University of Delaware at the Carpenter Sports Building. The two-day meet starts Saturday, Nov. 3 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.
Joining JMU and Delaware in Newark are UNCW and William & Mary.
“We are happy to know that the University of Delaware is in a position to host the CAA Pod Meet this weekend,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “Many of our CAA athletes and CAA families are from the northeast region of the United States and our thoughts are with everyone who endured Hurricane Sandy. This will be our only in-season competition with CAA teams so we are looking forward to racing and diving against some very talented teams in the conference. I anticipate a lot of energy on the pool deck between all four programs. This will be our last opportunity to compete before our mid-season invitational. We want to create momentum as we head toward the Pittsburgh Invitational and the Nike Cup.”
JMU comes into the CAA Pod meet with a 2-2 record in dual meets after battling Villanova and West Virginia to a pair of tight losses last weekend. The Dukes fell to the Mountaineers 163-137 and to the Wildcats 159.50-139.50. Earlier this season, Madison picked up dual-meet wins over Rider (221-67) and UMBC (175-124).
For their performances last week at Villanova, senior diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) and sophomore swimmer Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) swept the weekly CAA honors. Helfrich was named the CAA Diver of the Week for the second time this year while Won claimed her first CAA Swimmer of the Week title.
Helfrich won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events in Philadelphia making her a perfect 4-0 in dual-meet competition thus far this season. She was the only diver to break 300 points in either diving event, scoring a 305.35 in the one-meter event and a 320.10 on the three-meter board.
Won turned in three top-five finishes in the meet, including winning the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.61). She was second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.76) and took fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.12).
In Smith’s tenure as the head coach of JMU swimming and diving, the Dukes are 13-2 in the CAA Pod Meet, including an 8-0 mark over the past two seasons. Their only losses came to William & Mary in 2008 and 2009.
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