FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 23, 2012 – James Madison swimming and diving broke five school records, including two conference championship records, as it continues to sit in first place through two days and six events at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Fairfax, Va.
JMU leads the nine-team meet with 269 points. Towson is in second with 191 points followed by UNCW in third (153). William and Mary sits in fourth (126.5) with Old Dominion (110), George Mason (87), Northeastern (76.5), Delaware (74) and Drexel (41) rounding out the remainder of the scoring.
The relay teams set the tone for the Dukes on Thursday, setting CAA Championship records and NCAA Zone B qualifying times in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard medley. In the 200 free, the quartet of seniors Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) and Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas), sophomore Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) and freshman Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) timed a 1:30.80 to score 40 points for Madison.
In the 400 medley relay, Hannesdottir combined with juniors Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) and Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) as well as freshman Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) to touch the wall at 3:40.53.
In the individual events, sophomore Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) broke her own school record, timing a 4:51.46 to finish third in the 500-yard freestyle. Senior Melissa Helock (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) took fourth with a time of 4:53.66 while freshman Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenedehowa) turned in a time of 4:54.35 to finish fifth. Junior Anna Susko (Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury) added 3.5 points for JMU, taking 13th in the event.
In the 200-yard individual medley, Holmgaard broke the school record by timing a 2:01.00 in the preliminaries. She touched the wall at 2:02.03 to finish fifth in the event finals. Sophomore Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) claimed eighth with a time of 2:04.30.
Hannesdottir, Mendieta and Gingher all scored points for JMU in the 50 freestyle. Hannesdottir set a new school record, becoming the first swimmer in program history to break the 23-second mark. She finished second with a NCAA Zone B qualifying time of 22.99. Mendieta took third (23.04) while Gingher tied for fifth (23.25).
Day three of the CAA Championships gets underway from Jim McKay Natatorium on Friday with the preliminaries set for 10 a.m. Finals are set for 6 p.m.
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