ATLANTA, Ga., Nov 23, 2013 – The James Madison swimming and diving team won two swimming events and had two divers qualify for the finals as it sits in fifth after two days at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday.
JMU has accumulated 463 points through 14 events to hold fifth out of nine teams in the three-day event. Tennessee continues to lead with 741.5 points, followed by Florida Gulf Coast (681.5) in second, Georgia Tech (647.5) in third and Vanderbilt (490.5) in fourth. Trailing the fifth-place Dukes is Miami (282.5) in sixth, Florida Atlantic (166) in seventh, Clemson (89.5) in eighth and Charleston (9) in ninth.
JMU started the evening’s finals session by setting a school record in the 200-yard medley relay to earn its first event win of the weekend. Madison used a team of senior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), juniors Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) and sophomore Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd) that sped to the wall in a time of 1:40.26 to break the previous school record by 0.15 seconds.
Won picked up JMU’s other event win on the day, outracing the field in the 100-yard breaststroke. The 2013 NCAA Championship participant turned in a NCAA “B” cut time in the event, touching the wall at 1:01.24.
The Dukes picked up points from two divers on the three-meter board as redshirt freshman Taryn McLaughlin (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) and freshman Olivia Lehman (Dayton, Ohio/Centreville) both qualified for the event finals. McLaughlin led the way, placing fourth with a score of 298.60 while Lehman finished in 10th with 204.50 points.
Other top finishers for Madison include, Holmgaard, Dubay, junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), sophomore Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) and sophomore Stephanie Clarke (South Riding, Va./Freedom). Presgraves joined Won in the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke, placing 10th with a career-best time of 1:05.10. Dubay finished first in the “B” finals of the 100 breast, claiming 11th overall by timing a 1:04.34.
Holmgaard and Hooper finished 11th and 12th, respectively in the 400-yard individual medley. Holmgaard reached the wall at 4:20.93 while Hooper turned in a career-best time of 4:27.24. Clarked finished 12th in the 100-yard backstroke completing the event in 56.69 seconds.
The Dukes concluded the day by placing 10th in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Holmgaard and Hooper teamed with sophomores Cameron Martin (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) and Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) to touch the wall at 7:24.14. It was the third-fastest time in school history in the event.
The Georgia Tech Invitational concludes on Sunday, Nov. 24 with preliminaries in the morning and the finals set for the afternoon.
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