Morgantown, W.Va., Oct 26, 2013 – James Madison swimming and diving won 10 of the 20 women’s events, including seven on Saturday as it claimed first place at the four-team West Virginia Invitational at the WVU Natatorium in Morgantown, W. Va., this weekend.
JMU scored 1,077.50 points to outrace Cincinnati, West Virginia and Villanova in the Invitational. Cincinnati claimed second with 882.50 points followed by West Virginia (747) and Villanova (724) in third and fourth, respectively.
Of the Dukes’ seven victories on Saturday, three of them came on relays as they won the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay to claim 120 points in those three events. Junior Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) swam all three of the relays for Madison as she teamed with senior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), junior Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and sophomore Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd) to win the 200 medley and Edsall, Won and junior Melissa Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) to win the 400 medley. The 200 team turned in a time of 1:47.42 to edge the team from West Virginia by 0.04 seconds while the 400 medley team touched the wall at 3:52.63 to outrace its nearest competitor by over two seconds.
The 400-yard freestyle team was made up of Gingher, senior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason), and sophomores Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and Kristen Zielinski (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield (Nova Southeastern)). The quartet teamed up to time the 10th-fastest time in school history at 3:29.83.
Individual event winners for Madison on Saturday included Holmgaard, Gingher and Won. Holmgaard claimed two individual event titles as she won both individual medley events, timing a 4:33.94 in the 400-yard IM and a 2:06.93 in the 200 IM to earn 40 points for her team.
Gingher glided through the water in a time of 23.91 to win the 50-yard freestyle.
Won finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke beating the field by over one and a half seconds as she touched the wall at 1:05.06. JMU also claimed third and fourth in the event as Dubay and sophomore Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) earned points for Madison. Dubay placed third with a time of 1:07.16 with Presgraves right behind her at 1:07.42.
Other top finishers for the Dukes include Criscuolo placing second in the 100-yard butterfly (57.67), Edsall finished third in the 100 backstroke (59.56) and junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) claiming third in the 500 freestyle (5:01.25).
On the diving boards, Madison was paced by redshirt freshman Taryn McLaughlin (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) placing second in both events. She scored a 249.40 on the one-meter board to trail only WVU’s Haily Vandepoel (279.00). Vandepoel again claimed first on the three-meter board, scoring 321.30 points with McLaughlin in second with 264.50 points. Freshman Olivia Lehman (Dayton, Ohio/Centreville) was the second finisher for Madison on both boards placing fourth on the one-meter (222.95) and sixth on the three-meter (218.60).
JMU returns to action next weekend as they host their first home meet of the season. Delaware, UNCW and William & Mary all make the trip to Harrisonburg for the annual CAA Pod Meet at Savage Natatorium.
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