FAIRFAX, Va., March 1, 2013 – Six more school records fell and James Madison won three events to set up an exciting final day at the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships at the Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va., Friday.
JMU continued to sit in second place through three days, trailing Towson by nine points through 15 events. Towson leads the way with 548.5 points with the Dukes in second at 539.5. William and Mary is third with 332 points followed by UNCW (264) in fourth, Northeastern (209) in fifth, Delaware (174) in sixth, Drexel (151) in seventh and George Mason (141) in eighth.
The Dukes were led by senior Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) who reached the podium twice on Friday, while breaking a pair of school records. She won gold in the 100-yard butterfly, timing a 53.68 to establish a new school record. Her sister, sophomore Melissa Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) added a ninth-place showing while turning in the third-best time in school history at 55.30 and freshman Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd)) concluded the scoring in the event, finishing 16th with a time of 57.55.
Andrea Criscuolo added a third-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke by breaking her own school record at 55.18 seconds. Edsall came in eighth (56.10) with the second-best time in JMU history and freshman Jackie Crawford (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) timed the fourth-fastest time by a Duke (56.36) all-time to claim 12th.
Also claiming gold for JMU was senior Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) as she won the one-meter dive. She scored a 299.85 to become the first diver to win both diving events at the CAA Championships since 2010 and just the second Madison athlete to do it. The Dukes placed three of the top-four finishers in the event with sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) taking second (286.60) and freshman Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) placing fourth (251.50).
Other swimmers to reach the podium for JMU were senior Anna Susko (Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury), juniors Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) as well as sophomore Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield). Won broke her own school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing second with a time of 1:00.29. Dubay was right behind Won in third with a time of 1:01.91.
Holmgaard followed up her first-place showing in the 200-yard individual medley with a second-place finish in the 400-yard IM. She shattered the previous school record by touching the wall at 4:15.58. Susko claimed third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.54.
In the day’s only relay, the JMU quartet of Won, Criscuolo senior Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) and sophomore Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) broke the CAA meet record by timing a 3:40.14 to finish first.
Day four of the CAA Championships gets underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the finals starting at 6 p.m. from the Jim McKay Natatorium.
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