ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 24, 2013 – The James Madison swimming and diving team closed out action at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Sunday as it finished fifth out of nine teams in the three-day event. The Dukes accumulated 652 points in the 21-event meet held at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center in Atlanta, Ga., over the weekend.
Tennessee placed first with 1,136 points followed by Florida Gulf Coast (1040.5) in second, Georgia Tech (938.5) in third and Vanderbilt (716.5) in fourth. Behind the Dukes in sixth was Miami (398.5), Florida Atlantic (310) in seventh, Clemson (146.5) in eighth and the College of Charleston (9) rounding out the field.
JMU placed three finalists in the top 10 of the 200-yard breaststroke, including senior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) claiming first and junior Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) in second. Holmgaard completed the trek in 2:14.73 to turn in an NCAA “B” cut time. Won was right behind her with a “B” cut time of her own at 2:14.90. Sophomore Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) was the third Duke in the top 10, finishing 10th with a time of 2:24.28.
JMU had three more swimmers in the “B” final of the 200 breast as senior Addy Morrison (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton), freshman Emma Richer (Fairfax, Va./Chantilly) and freshman Maddy Murphy (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) finished 12th, 17th and 18th, respectively.
Madison’s fourth top-10 finish came in the 1,650-yard freestyle where junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) placed seventh. She turned in a career-best time of 16:57.45 to earn 18 points for her squad. Two other Dukes, senior Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) and freshman Claire Adkins (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle), finished in the top 13 of the long-distance swim. Johnson claimed 11th (17:22.13) and Adkins (17:23.61) 13th.
The meet concluded with JMU earning fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Dukes used a team of Holmgaard, senior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), junior Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) and sophomore Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) to touch the wall in the fifth-fastest time in school history at 3:26.06.
JMU is off for training for the remainder of 2013. It returns to action on Jan. 3 in a dual meet with Miami (Ohio) in Boca Raton, Fla., while the diving team participates in the Georgia Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga., on the Jan. 3-4.
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