RICHMOND, Va., April 11, 2013 – James Madison senior diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) was voted the Colonial Athletic Association Diver of the Year by the league’s head coaches on Thursday. The honor highlighted a sweep for the JMU diving program as freshman Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) claimed CAA Rookie Diver of the Year honors and head coach Becky Benson garnered Diving Coach of the Year accolades.
Towson’s Kaitlin Burke was voted the CAA Swimmer of the Year. Her teammate Hannah Snyder shared Rookie Swimmer of the Year honors with UNCW’s Jenson Engen while Towson’s Pat Mead was selected as the Swimming Coach of the Year for the sixth time.
Helfrich received CAA Diver of the Year honors for the second time in the past three seasons. The senior was honored as the Outstanding Diver of the Meet at the 2013 CAA Championships. She won the 1-meter competition with 299.85 points and also claimed gold on the 3-meter board with 327.00 points. At the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship, Helfrich finished fifth in the 3-meter competition with 590.35 points. Helfrich, who also earned the award in 2011, is one of only three JMU athletes to be named Diver of the Year, joining Amanda Kuehl (1996) and Nicole Jotso (2012).
Alexander finished fourth in both diving events at the 2013 CAA Championships. The freshman compiled a score of 251.50 in the 1-meter competition and had a score of 256.20 in the 3-meter competition. She is the third JMU athlete to earn Rookie Diver of the Year honors in the past four years, joining Helfrich (2010) and sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) (2012).
Benson was named CAA Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row after the Dukes had three divers place among the top-four finishers on both boards at the conference championship.
In addition to the 2013 major award winners in women’s swimming and diving, the following individuals and relay teams received All-CAA accolades based on their performances at the CAA Championships. JMU collected 17 individual All-CAA accolades and five relay honors.
SWIMMING AND DIVING ALL-CAA
200-yard Freestyle – Anna Susko
100-yard Butterfly – Andrea Criscuolo
200-yard Butterfly – Andrea Criscuolo
100-yard Breaststroke – Sin Hye Won; Shannon Dubay
200-yard Breaststroke – Kelsey Holmgaard; Sin Hye Won; Shannon Dubay
100-yard Backstroke – Andrea Criscuolo
200-yard Backstroke – Anna Susko
200-yard Individual Medley – Kelsey Holmgaard; Shannon Dubay
400-yard Individual Medley – Kelsey Holmgaard
1-meter Dive – Kimberly Helfrich; Alex Savage
3- meter Dive – Kimberly Helrfich; Alex Savage
200-yard Freestyle Relay – Susanne Gingher, Kelsey Holmgaard, Caroline Burns, Andrea Criscuolo
400-yard Freestyle Relay – Kelsey Holmgaard, Susanne Gingher, Carli Molano, Andrea Criscuolo
800-yard Freestyle Relay – Kelsey Holmgaard, Anna Susko, Morgan Johnson, Aimee Hooper
200-yard Medley Relay – Caroline Burns, Sin Hye Won, Andrea Criscuolo, Susanne Gingher
400-yard Medley Relay – Caroline Burns, Sin Hye Won, Andrea Criscuolo, Susanne Gingher
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