FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 25, 2011 – Three more school records fell at the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Fairfax, Va. on Friday as the James Madison swimming and diving team slipped to second place with one day remaining.
JMU trails first-place Towson by 6.5 points entering the final day of action. Towson has 454 points, followed by JMU with 447.5. UNC Wilmington is third with 367.5 with William and Mary (273) sitting in fourth. The remainder of the field has Old Dominion (263) in fifth, George Mason sixth (250), Delaware (204) seventh, Northeastern (174) eighth and Drexel (115) in ninth.
Freshman Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and sophomore Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) each set individual school records while they both team with juniors Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas) and Rebecca Hunt (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) to set a new mark in the 200-yard medley relay. Dubay set the school record in the 100 breaststroke with Criscuolo topping the charts in the 100 butterfly.
JMU got off to a great start by finishing second in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA Zone B qualifying time of 1:41.07.
In the 400 individual medley, freshman Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) turned in a time of 4:26.52 to finish sixth. Her prelim time of 4:26.18 was the fifth-best time in school history. Junior Samantha Holland (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) finished eighth in a time of 4:27.12.
Criscuolo broke her own record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.55. She finished second while senior Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) touched the wall at 54.92 to take third. The Dukes also got points from Mendieta and senior Morgan McCarthy (New Castle, Del./St. Mark’s) in the event.
Junior Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) and senior Emily Konieczny (West Springfield, Mass./Granby) earned points for the Dukes in the 200 free. Hannesdottir recorded the second-best time in school history with a time of 1:48.59 to finish second. Konieczny took 16th in a time of 1:55.66.
Dubay’s school record in the 100 breaststroke earned her fourth while senior Lisa Colapietro (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg), freshman Mary Gargula (Richmond, Va./James River) and Hunt finished ninth, 15th and 16th, respectively.
In the 100 backstroke, Criscuolo added one more point to her day with a 16th place finish.
JMU placed four divers in the top eight overall in the 1-meter board. Senior Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) led the way in second with a score of 315.75. Sophomore Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) and junior Nicole Jotso (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) took fourth and fifth, respectively while junior Chelsea Savage (Bedford, Texas/L.D. Bell) garnered 11 points in eighth place.
Madison finished its day with a fourth-place showing in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Gibson, Konieczny and Hannesdottir teamed with junior Melissa Helock (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) turned in the third-best time in school history at 7:29.77.
The 2011 CAA Championships concludes on Saturday with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. Finals for the 1,650 free, 200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay begin at 6 p.m.
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