HARRISONBURG, Va., May 13, 2011 – The James Madison women’s swimming and diving team finished the 2010-11 season ranked fourth in the final CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major poll. The poll is released several times throughout the year and the most recent iteration saw the Dukes climb from 25th to fourth.
JMU also announced the signing of two recruits for the 2011-12 season. Kelsey Holmgaard, a breaststroke and sprint specialist transferring from George Mason, and Emma Brown a diver from Beverly Hills, Mich., were added to Madison’s recruiting class for 2011.
“It is exciting to see JMU swimming and diving steadily move forward,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “This poll is one of the measuring points that allows us to watch our progress from year to year. I am thrilled to lead a motivated team of women that have continually expected excellence and am also excited to add a new group of incoming swimmers and divers to the returners next year.
The Dukes finished the 2010-11 season with a second-place showing at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, the fourth consecutive year they’ve improved their finish. They won two individual events with junior diver Nicole Jotso (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) winning the three-meter board and junior swimmer Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) claiming the 100-yard freestyle crown. In addition, sophomore diver Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) became the first athlete in JMU swimming and diving history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The JMU swimming and diving team broke 13 records last season, including nine individual marks and four of the five relays.
Kelsey Holmgaard, Breaststroke/Sprint, Roanoke, Va./George Mason
“We are excited to add Kelsey to our incoming group,” Smith said. “She is extremely versatile and had a great year this past short course season. While I believe she can make an impact in several areas, we will look for Kelsey to be a part of a strong breaststroke core as well as a major contributor on our relays.”
Emma Brown, Diving, Beverly Hills, Mich./Wylie E. Groves
“Emma will join two other incoming divers for us,” Smith said. “She has experience and talent to be a major competitor in the CAA and beyond. We are excited to continue building a strong tradition of diving and Emma has all the tools necessary to be a part of that tradition.”
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