GREENSBORO, N.C., March 13, 2012 – Three members of the JMU swimming and diving team traveled to a meet in Greensboro, N.C., last weekend and posted Olympic Trial Qualifying times. Senior Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn), sophomore Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) and freshman Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) became the first JMU female swimmers to qualify for the event.
“I am very excited that JMU will have its first representatives at the USA Olympic Trials this summer in Omaha,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “These women swam with a lot of pride last weekend and it was great to see them achieve such great success. Changing courses from short courses in yards (NCAA competition course) to long courses in meters (international course) is a hard thing to do without training. Their great swimming at this meet is a true testament to their maturity as athletes. At JMU we are so fortunate to have great support and it really allows us to focus on being great both at the CAA level and beyond. This meet was a fun end to a great season and it was truly a team effort.”
Hannesdottir posted her qualifying time in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 56.30 second. Won notched two qualifying times, timing a 1:30.30 in the 100-meter breaststroke and a 2:35.01 in the 200-meter breaststroke while Holmgaard touched the wall in 2:35.34 to qualify in the 200 breast.
These honors cap off a spectacular season for all three swimmers as they were instrumental in helping the Dukes win their first CAA championship since 2001. Hannesdottir was the second-highest point scorer at the CAA meet, breaking three individual school records and winning gold in two events. The senior was part of a team that set school marks in four different relays, including two that were CAA records. Hannesdottir broke the school records in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles and was the conference individual champion in the 100 and 200 frees.
Holmgaard was a big addition for the Dukes in 2012, scoring points in six different events at the CAA Championship meet. She finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke, setting a school record in the process, fifth in the 200-yard individual medley and sixth in the 100 breaststroke. She also added first-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay and a second-place showing in the 400 freestyle relay, setting school records in each.
Won completed a spectacular rookie campaign in 2012 by finishing in the top four in each of the breaststroke events at the CAA Championships. She set a school record and finished third in the 100 breaststroke and finished fourth in the 200-yard version of the race. Won also was a part of the 400-yard medley relay team that set school and CAA records and part of the 200 medley relay team that finished second and set a school record.
The U.S. Olympic Team trials will run from June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Neb.
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