HARRISONBURG, Va., Jan. 13, 2012 – After more than a month off from competition, the James Madison women’s swimming and diving team returns to the pool this weekend as it welcomes in a trio of school’s for a four-team meet on Saturday. Joining the Dukes at Savage Natatorium for the 1 p.m. meet will be men’s and women’s teams from American University, Georgetown University and Virginia Military Institute.
“We are very excited to compete this weekend,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “It has been a month since we have been in a true meet environment and this will be a good test for us as a team unit. I am excited to see some great races and strong diving from everyone on the team.”
The last time the Dukes competed was at the Big Al Invitational hosted by Princeton in early December. JMU finished fourth in the seven-team event.
Madison divers dominated the action, claiming six of the top 13 positions in the two diving events. On the one-meter board, junior Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) posted a score of 296.70 to finish first while senior Nicole Jotso (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) and freshman Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) finished third and fifth, respectively. Jotso won the one-meter event with a score of 284.95 while Helfrich finished fifth and Savage took eighth.
In the swimming event, freshman Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke. She touched the wall in a time of 1:03.96, but turned in a career-best time of 1:03.48 in the preliminary.
The JMU relays teams also added at least a third-place finish in four of the five relay events, including second-place showings in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Madison comes into the weekend with a 9-2 overall record in dual meets, including a 4-0 mark against Colonial Athletic Association opponents.
“We place a very high value on the team setting and atmosphere at our meets, so I expect our athletes to very geared up for this meet,” Smith said. “It is great to have two home meets in a row and as we get closer to the end of the season, I am sure the excitement will be very high at both meets.”
ORDER OF EVENTS
200 Medley Relay
Women’s 1-Meter/Men’s 3-Meter Diving
Women’s 3-meter/Men’s 1-Meter Diving
200 Individual Medley
400 Freestyle Relay
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