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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/20/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., Jan. 21, 2011 - Looking to build off a double-dual meet sweep of Georgetown and American in Washington, D.C. last weekend, the James Madison swimming and diving team will host Loyola (Md.) and CAA-rival Towson at Savage Natatorium on Saturday.

The meet will start at 1 p.m. and will feature 16 men's and women's events.  The women's three-meter diving and both men's diving events will take place at 10 a.m.

JMU will also be honoring eight seniors who are participating in their final home meet, including diver Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) and swimmers Lisa Colapietro (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg), Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), Jackie Hartman (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton), Emily Konieczny (West Springfield, Mass./Granby), Erika Lupacchino (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale), Morgan McCarthy (New Castle, Del./St. Mark's) and Kristen Wolla (Arlington, Va./Yorktown).  Those seniors combine to hold seven individual school records and are a part of three relay records.

The meet will serve as a measuring stick for the Dukes as they prepare for next month's CAA Championships.  Towson has won the last three conference championships and are 9-1 overall and 6-0 in CAA dual meets this season.  Last season, Madison lost at Towson 169-131.

JMU won 12 of the 16 events in its wins against Georgetown and American last week.  Sophomore diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) won both diving events while also shattering the school record in the three-meter dive with a score of 345.55.  Sophomore Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) picked up wins in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard butterfly.

The Tigers are coming off a 208-92 win over George Mason in Fairfax, Va. last weekend.  They are led by senior Meredith Budner who won three events against the Patriots, including the 1,000-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard individual medley.  She owns the CAA Championship record in the 500 free, 1,650 free and the 400 IM and was the conference champion in all three events last year.

Other key contributors for Towson include freshman Kaitlin Burke (50 free, 100 free), senior Brooke Golden (butterfly), junior Maggie Macedonia (200 back) and senior Kayla Zeller (500 free).

Loyola (Md.)
The Greyhounds are 7-8 this season and are coming off a double-dual meet split, beating Boston College 152-148 while losing to Rider 180-118.  The Greyhounds are led by Caitlin Cronin who had three second-place finishes and was also part of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished first.

Courtney Trivino enjoyed a strong day for Loyola.  She finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke while also taking second in the 200 IM and finishing first in the 200 breaststroke.

Other contributors for the Greyhounds include Brittany Guinee and Noelle Staib.

Order of Events
Saturday, Jan. 22

10 a.m.
Women's 3-meter diving
Men's 1-meter diving
Men's 3-meter diving

1 p.m.
200 medley relay
1,000 freestyle
200 freestyle
100 backstroke
100 breaststroke
200 butterfly
50 freestyle
Women's 1-meter diving
100 freestyle
200 backstroke
200 breaststroke
500 freestyle
100 butterfly
400 freestyle relay

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