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Two Top-20 Finishes Highlight Diving’s Performance at Tennessee Invite
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/03/2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 3, 2013 – Senior Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) placed 16th on the three-meter board and sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) finished in 17th to highlight day one for the James Madison diving team at the Tennessee Diving Invitational at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center Thursday. 

Helfrich and Savage were two of four Madison divers to participate in the highly-competitive, three-day diving invitational. Helfrich scored a 263.05 to finish in 16th, 3.25 points ahead of Savage. Savage scored a 259.80 during Friday’s preliminary round of 51 divers. 

Freshman Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) claimed 34th, while fellow rookie Lauren Hadley (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) finished in 44th. Alexander scored a 219.90. Hadley posted a score of 188.65. 

Tennessee’s Jodie McGroarty won the three-meter event with a score of 331.85. Her teammate Victoria Lamp claimed second (331.15) with LSU’s Cassie Weil finishing third (312.20). Georgia’s Laura Ryan (308.85) and Kentucky’s Christa Cabot (305.20) were the only other divers to break 300 points, placing fourth and fifth, respectively. 

JMU wraps up competition in the Tennessee Invitational on Friday with the one-meter dive event. Preliminaries are scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start, with finals set to begin at 1:40 p.m. 

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