HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 4, 2011 – With the Colonial Athletic Association swimming and diving championships less than three weeks away, the James Madison swimming and diving team will split up for one last tune-up. Some Dukes will travel to Huntington, W.Va. to take on Marshall in a standard dual meet while the rest of the team will head to Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Invitational.
The meet against Marshall begins at noon on Saturday. Preliminaries for the Virginia Tech Invitational start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with the final events starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Dukes are 9-5 in dual meets this season. In the last two seasons, JMU has gone 2-0 against the Thundering Herd, including a 180-108 win in Harrisonburg last season.
Sophomore diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) has dominated the competition recently, taking first place in the 3-meter dive in the team’s last three meets. She garnered CAA Diver of the Week after each meet and has twice shattered the school record. Fellow diver Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) bounced back from an injury to win the 1-meter event the last two weeks.
In swimming events, sophomore Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) recorded three top-three finishes last weekend at Richmond. She won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 57.36 seconds while taking second in the 200 butterfly (2:08.49) and third in the 100 backstroke (59.26).
Other key contributors for the Dukes include seniors Lisa Colapietro (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidsaysburg), Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and Emily Konieczny (West Springfield, Mass./Granby) and juniors Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) and Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas).
The Thundering Herd is 2-6 this season in dual meets and is currently riding a three-meet losing streak. Last weekend, Marshall lost at home to Vanderbilt 160.5-136.5.
The Herd is led by Heather Moore and Sarah Kay. Moore posted the school’s sixth-best time ever in the 200 individual medley against Vanderbilt, finishing first with a 2:10.80. She also posted a career-best in the 1,000 freestyle with a 10:24.00, which is the second-best time in school history.
Kay finished first twice, winning both the 100 and 200 butterfly events. She also finished third in the 200 medley.
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