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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/28/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., Jan. 28, 2011 - The James Madison swimming and diving team continues its 2011 schedule as it travels to Richmond, Va. this Saturday for a rematch with the University of Richmond.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Robins Center Natatorium.

Earlier this season, JMU lost to Richmond, 180-173, in a double-dual meet that also included Duquesne. The meet came down to the final event, with the Dukes trailing by two points heading into the 400-yard freestyle relay, but the Spiders held off the hard charging Dukes for the win.

Since the loss to UR, JMU has gone 7-1 in dual meets, including a 3-1 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play.

Madison is coming off a double-dual meet split against Loyola (Md.) and Towson last week. The Dukes won seven events, including record breaking performances in both diving events. In the three-meter event, sophomore Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) shattered her own school record with a 377.70 while senior Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) broke the Savage Natatorium pool record in the one-meter dive with a 320.70.

JMU got swimming wins from seniors Lisa Colapietro (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg), and Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), as well as juniors Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas) and Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn). Colapietro won the 200 breaststroke while Mendieta claimed the 50 free style.  Those to combined with senior Morgan McCarthy (New Castle, Del./St. Mark's) and junior Rebecca Hunt (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) to also win the 200-yard medley relay. Hannesdottir won the 100 free and Gibson took home first in the 100 butterfly.

This will be the final tune-up for the Spiders as they head into the Atlantic 10 Championships next month.  Overall they are 7-3 and are coming off a 173-121 loss to Virginia Tech.

Sophomore Lauren Hines led the way for UR, winning both the 100-yard backstroke as well as the 100 freestyle.  Richmond also got individual wins from junior Charlotte Brackett (50 freestyle) and freshman Mali Kobelja (200 breaststroke).

1-Meter Diving

4 p.m.
200 Medley Relay
1,000 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
50 Freestyle
3-Meter Diving
100 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
200 Breaststroke
500 Freestyle
100 Butterfly
10-Minute Break
200 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle Relay

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