FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 24, 2011 – James Madison swimming and diving broke four school records in five events during day two of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships held this week at Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va.
JMU holds a narrow lead over three-time defending champions Towson after six events. The Dukes have accumulated 207.5 points while the Tigers are just 1.5 points back at 206. UNC Wilmington is third with 172.5 points followed by Old Dominion (120), William and Mary (109), George Mason (94), Delaware (77), Northeastern (67) and Drexel (57).
JMU broke its first record of the day in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the team of senior Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and juniors Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas), Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) and Rebecca Hunt (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) turned in a time of 131.95. The quartet finished second in the event to earn the Dukes 34 points.
Freshman Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) broke the 500 freestyle record with a 4:52.21 in the consolation heat. She finished ninth to earn nine points for Madison. Senior Emily Konieczny (West Springfield, Mass./Granby), the former record holder in the event, earned the Dukes 12 points with a seventh-place finish while junior Melissa Helock (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) took eighth. Konieczny touched the wall at 4:56.42 and Helock at 4:56.75.
Senior Lisa Colapietro (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) and freshman Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) each turned in personal-bests in the 200 individual medley. They finished 15th and 16th respectively, respectively with times of 2:05.34 and 2:06.28.
JMU swimmers turned in four of the six-best times in school history in the 50 free, including a school-record 23.14 by Hannesdottir in the prelims. She finished tied for third in the finals. Mendieta turned in the second-best time at 23.32 to finish fifth while Hunt took seventh with a time of 23.41. Gibson finished 12th at 23.91. Her prelim time of 23.58 was the sixth-best time in school history.
The Dukes broke their final record of the 400-yard medley relay. Colapietro, Gibson and Hannesdottir teamed with sophomore Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) to finish fifth in a time of 3:44.20.
The 2011 CAA Championships will continue at 10 a.m. on Friday morning with the preliminaries of the 400 individual medley. Finals for the 200-yard medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 1-meter diving and 800 freestyle relay will be held beginning at 6 p.m.
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