BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 4, 2012 – The James Madison women’s swimming and diving team competed in Virginia Tech Invitational this weekend as a final tune up for the Colonial Athletic Association Championships coming up later this month.
The Dukes participated in six of the seven female events and had four athletes record two-two finishes.
Sophomore Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) got things started, finishing first in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:33.80. Freshman Alex Charbeneau (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) came in second, finishing with a time of 4:40.18.
Also adding second-place finishes for the Dukes were senior Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas) and sophomore Mary Gargula (Richmond, Va./James River). Mendieta timed a 23.94 in the 50-yard freestyle while Gargula recorded a career-best time in the 100 breaststroke. Her tie of 1:04.76 was the sixth-fastest time in school history.
Senior Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) timed the tenth-fastest time in program history in the 100 butterfly, finishing ninth with a time of 57.49.
Junior Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) finished fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.49 while junior Anna Susko (Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury) and freshman Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./Springfield) came in sixth and seventh respectively in the 200 freestyle. Susko touched the wall in 1:56.89 and Won timed a 1:57.51.
The Dukes wrap up action in the Virginia Tech Invitational on Sunday. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. with the finals set for 4 p.m.
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