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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/22/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com
HARRISONBURG, Va., Jan. 22, 2011 - James Madison swimming and diving won seven of 16 events to earn a double-dual meet split with Towson and Loyola (Md.) at Savage Natatorium on Saturday.

JMU defeated Loyola 254-45 and was narrowly edged by Towson 156-144.  The Dukes ran their record to 9-4 overall and 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association.  Towson went 2-0 on the day to improve to 11-1 overall and 7-0 in the CAA.  Loyola dropped to 7-10 on the season after losing both meets.

JMU was led by a trio of seniors who won individual events during their final home meet.  Senior Lisa Colapietro (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) won the 200-yard breaststroke in a time 2:22.35 while senior Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) finished first in the 100 butterfly with a 56.82.  Senior diver Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) set a Savage Natatorium record in the one-meter dive with a 320.70, breaking her previous mark of 303.53.

Colapietro also swam the second leg for the 200-yard medley relay team that touched the wall first in a time of 1:46.53, the third-best time in school history.  She was joined by senior Morgan McCarthy (New Castle, Del./St. Mark's), junior Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas) and junior Rebecca Hunt (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker).

In the three-meter dive, sophomore Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) shattered the school record for the second consecutive week.  She finished with a 377.70 to break the mark she set last weekend by 32.15 points.  Junior Nicole Jotso (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) took second with a 302.65.

Other individual event winners for the Dukes include Mendieta in the 50 free (24.18 seconds) and junior Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) in the 100 free (52.27 seconds).  For Hannesdottir, it was the sixth-best time in school history in the 100 free.  She also turned in the eighth-best time in the 200 free with a 1:53.34.

Towson held a narrow lead heading into the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay.  The Dukes and Tigers traded leads throughout the first three legs, but TU's Meredith Budner was able to touch the wall 0.65 second ahead of Gibson to seal the victory.

The Dukes return to the pool next Saturday as the travel to Richmond, Va. to take on the University of Richmond.

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