FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 26, 2011 – Junior Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland, Kvennaskolinn) won the 100-yard freestyle and the James Madison swimming and diving team set five more school records as JMU finished second at the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday.
Towson won the CAA title for the fourth-straight year, finishing with 700 points. The Dukes finished 92.5 points back of the Tigers at 607.5. UNC Wilmington placed third with 532.5 points while William and Mary (408) took fourth. Old Dominion (397) finished fifth followed by George Mason (304) in sixth, Delaware (258) in seventh, Northeastern (227) in eighth and Drexel (143) in ninth.
Hannesdottir became the sixth JMU swimmer overall and the first since Allison Keel (2003-07) in 2006 to win the 100 free. She turned in a school-record time of 50.19 in the prelims before edging the field with a 50.24 in the finals.
Joining Hannesdottir in setting individual school records were sophomore Anna Susko (Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury) in the 200 backstroke, freshman Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) in the 200 breaststroke and sophomore Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) in the 200 butterfly. Hannesdottir teamed with senior Carly Gibson (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and juniors Rebecca Hunt (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) and Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas) to set a new school mark in the 400 freestyle relay.
As a team, JMU broke 12 school records during the four-day meet, including four of the five relays.
Junior Lauren Kranz (Clifton, Va./James Robinson) got the day off to a good start for the Dukes, finishing fifth in the 1,650 free with a personal-best time of 16:42.53. Freshman Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) and junior Melissa Helock (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) turned in the third and fourth-best time in school history to finish seventh and 10th, respectively.
Susko turned in her school record in the 200 back in the prelims at 2:00.46 before finishing sixth in the finals. Senior Morgan McCarthy (New Castle, Del./St. Mark’s) added a 15th-place showing in the event.
In addition to Hannesdottir, two other Dukes set personal-bests in the 100 free as Hunt and Mendieta finished 11th and 16th, respectively.
Dubay bested senior Lisa Colapietro’s (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) school record in the 200-yard breaststroke consolation heat with a NCAA Zone “B” cut time of 2:15.59 while Colapietro touched the wall at 2:19.01 to finish eighth.
Criscuolo broke her own school record in the 200 fly with a “B” cut time of 2:00.43 to finish third. Junior Lauren Broussard (La Place, La./Mount Caramel Academy) and Gibson each turned in personal-bests to finish eighth and 11th.
Madison completed the championships with another school-record and Zone “B” cut time in the 400 free relay. The Dukes finished third.
JMU had four of the top 20 individual scorers in the meet. Leading the way was Hannesdottir with 52.5 points to finish fourth. Criscuolo, Johnson and junior diver Nicole Jotso (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) finished in a three-way tie for 17th with 34 points each.
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Dukes’ diving coach Becky Benson was named the Women’s Diving Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season while Towson’s Pat Mead earned his fourth-straight Women’s Coach of the Year honor. Towson senior Meredith Budner was named the Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer while Drexel sophomore Megan Halicek garnered Most Outstanding Diver honors.