RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 29, 2011 – Richmond won 11 of 16 events, including the first seven, to pick up a women’s swimming and diving dual meet victory over James Madison 158-149 on Saturday afternoon at the Robbins Center Natatorium.
JMU fell to 9-5 on the season while Richmond improved to 8-3.
The Dukes got wins in both diving events as well as the 100-yard butterfly, the 400 individual medley and the 200 freestyle relay. After breaking the school record in the 3-meter dive in back-to-back weeks, sophomore Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) collected her third straight win in the event with a 335.60. Senior Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) won on the 1-meter board with a 316.70.
Sophomore Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) touched the wall in 57.36 second in the 100 butterfly to sneak past Richmond’s Nicole LePere. Criscuolo also collected second in the 200 butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke.
JMU’s final individual win came from Samantha Holland (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) in the 400 IM, finishing in 4:35.56.
Juniors Rebecca Hunt (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker), Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennakolinn) and Melissa Helock (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) teamed up with senior Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) to win the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:36.80.
The Dukes return to the pool next Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. as they take on Marshall. It will be JMU’s final tune-up prior to the Colonial Athletic Association Championships held on Feb. 23-26 in Fairfax, Va.
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