FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 23, 2011 – James Madison swimming and diving placed all four of its divers in the top six overall on the 3-meter board to jump out to an early lead after one event at the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association swimming and diving championships.
JMU accumulated 63 points at the Jim McKay Natatorium to open up a 33 point lead on three-time defending champion Towson. Northeastern is third at 21 points followed by Drexel (17), UNC Wilmington (14), George Mason (6) and Delaware (4).
After finishing second in the prelims earlier in the day, junior Nicole Jotso (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) posted a score of 318.15 to win the 3-meter board. She became just the second Duke, and the first since Amanda Kuehl won back-to-back championships in 1995-96, to win the 3-meter event.
Sophomore Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) finished third with a score of 300.60 while senior Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) took fifth with a 276.70. Junior Chelsea Savage (Bedford, Texas/L.D. Bell) rounded out the scoring for JMU, taking sixth with a 260.70.
Drexel’s Megan Halicek placed second with Towson’s Caroline Baker finishing fourth. The remaining top ten include Towson freshman Laura Lee Thomas in seventh, Northeastern’s Candice Young and Rachael Peterson in eight and ninth, respectively and UNC Wilmington’s Meg Gildea taking tenth.
Action continues at 10 a.m. on Thursday from Jim McKay Natatorium with the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle. The 21-event championships will run through Saturday night and conclude with the 400 free relay.
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