FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 28, 2013 – Junior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) became the first James Madison swimmer to win the gold in the 200-yard individual medley since 1997 to highlight the action for JMU on day two of the Colonial Athletic Association swimming and diving Championships at the Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va., Thursday.
The Dukes fell one spot in the team standings into second place, trailing Towson by 5.5 points. Towson leads the eight-team field with 275 points, followed by JMU with 269.5. William & Mary is in third (191.5 points) with UNCW (151) in fourth, Delaware (115) in fifth, Northeastern (105) in sixth, Drexel (88) in seventh and George Mason (62) in eighth.
Holmgaard broke her own school record in the 200 IM, by becoming the first Madison swimmer to break the two minute mark in the event. She timed a 1:59.29 to earn 20 points for the Dukes. She is the fourth JMU swimmer all-time to win the 200-yard IM and the first since Beth Ellie in 1997.
Four other swimmers recorded points for JMU in the event led by junior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) who reached the podium in third. She recorded a new career-best time and the second-best time in school history at 2:01.67. Sophomore Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) came in fifth (2:03.55), freshman Jackie Crawford (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) claimed eighth (2:04.72) and junior Mary Gargula (Richmond, Va./James River) placed 14th (2:05.19).
Three swimmers recorded points for the Dukes in the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) was the only Madison player to swim in the finals, finishing sixth with a time of 4:52.34. Sophomore Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) turned in the second-best time in school history in the event, touching the wall at 4:52.04 in the consolation finals to finish ninth overall. Senior Anna Susko (Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury) came in 12th. She had a career-best time of 4:54.78, good for fifth-best in Madison history.
The day’s third individual event was the 50-yard freestyle where sophomore Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Va./State College Area) led the way with a fourth-place showing. Her time of 23.12 was the third-best time in school history. The only other person to record points for the Dukes was freshman Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) in 12th. She timed a 23.81 in the prelims for the 10th-best time in JMU history. She tied for 12th to record 4.5 points for the Dukes.
The only relay contested on the day was the 200-yard freestyle relay where the Madison team of Gingher, Holmgaard and seniors Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) and Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) finished third. The quartet timed the third-best time in JMU history at 1:32.52.
Day three of the CAA Championships gets underway from McKay Natatorium with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. Championships will be contested in the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 1-meter diving, and the 400-yard medley relay.
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