HARRISONBURG, Va., March 7, 2013 – James Madison sophomore swimmer Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) was selected to participate in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., Wednesday.
Won qualified in the 100-yard Breaststroke and is listed as an optional entry in the 200-yard Breaststroke. The 2013 Swimming and Diving Championships take place at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind., March 21-23.
“I am so excited with the success of this program over the past several years,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “This very special group of women has achieved so many team and individual goals. JMU swimming and diving is responsible for winning CAA titles, breaking conference records and earning NCAA qualifying standards. Individuals set new heights by representing JMU on a national stage (U.S. Olympic Trials) and an International Stage (Columbian Nationals, Icelandic Nationals and the 2012 London Olympic Games). These women are proud of each other and the alumni they represent. I think it shows every time they touch the water because something amazing happens.”
Won timed NCAA “B” cut times in both events at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships last week. She established a new school record in the 100, timing a 1:00.29 to finish second. Her time of 2:13.60 in the 200 is a career-best and is the second-fastest time in school history.
Won joins senior diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) as the only members of the JMU swimming and diving team to ever reach the NCAA Championships. Helfrich qualified in 2011 as a sophomore.
“Kim Helfrich was our first diver to represent JMU at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in 2011,” Smith added. “Now, Sin Hye has earned her place as the first swimmer to be invited. This is such a great achievement because it is arguably the fastest meet in the world. Every year I am impressed by this program, the goals they set for themselves and the standards they believe they can reach.”
“It has been a special year and we are very excited to close it out in Indy!”
Won will swim on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke is during the Firday morning session that begins at 11 a.m. Finals are that evening, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday has the prelims (11 a.m.) and finals (7 p.m.) for the 200-yard breaststroke.
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