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Swimming and Diving Finishes Fourth At Big Al Invitational
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/04/2011

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 4, 2011 – The James Madison swimming and diving team had 12 individuals and two relay teams collect points on day three as it finished the Big Al Invitational in fourth place out of seven teams at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J., on Sunday. 

JMU came in fourth after collecting 582 points in the 21-event invitational. Tournament host Princeton finished first with 1,103.5 points followed by Rutgers in second with 638 points and Brown in third (621.5). After the Dukes came Villanova in fifth (464), Rider (249) in sixth and Columbia (81) in seventh. 

Senior Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) was Madison’s top finisher on the day, claiming fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.55 seconds. Senior Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas) added a 13th-place finish in the event with a  time of 52.46. 

Four swimmers earned points for the Dukes in the 200-yard breaststroke, led by freshman Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) who came in fifth. She touched the wall in a time of 2:19.91 to record a career-low and the fourth-best time in school history in the event. Sophomore Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) came in 10th with a time of 2:20.04 while sophomores Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and Addy Morrison (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) took 12th (2:22.99) and 13th (2:23.41), respectively. 

Two Madison swimmers earned points in each of the day’s other three events led by senior Melissa Helock (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) and sophomore Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) who took 10th and 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Senior Lauren Broussard (La Place, La./Mount Carmel Academy) (10th) and junior Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) (13th) earned points in the 200 butterfly and juniors Anna Susko (Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury) (12th) and Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) (13th) placed in the 200 backstroke. 

In the day’s only relay event, Holmgaard, Mendieta, Hannesdottir and freshman Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) teamed up to come in second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet timed a 3:26.56 for the fourth-best time in school history in the event while Susko, Dubay, Burns and senior Samantha Holland (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) added eighth-place points with a time of 3:33.61. 

The Dukes are off for the remainder of the year and return to Savage Natatorium on Jan. 14 as they host VMI, American and Georgetown for a four-team meet. 

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