HARRISONBURG, Va., April 13, 2012 – James Madison senior swimmer Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) became the first national champion in program history today, winning the 100-meter freestyle at the Icelandic National Championships. By qualifying and competing in the 2012 Icelandic Nationals, Hannesdottir is eligible to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
“I am so proud of Eva,” head coach Samantha Smith said. “She has been a great representative of James Madison both as an athlete and as a student. It is an amazing feeling for our entire program. She is a very talented woman, but she would also be the first to admit that her love for swimming and her ability to swim fast is magnified because of the support she receives from her JMU swimming and diving family.”
The Icelandic Swimming and Diving National Championships are being held in Reykjavik, Iceland this weekend. Hannesdottir is the first international athlete for JMU swimming and diving to compete at this level. The meet takes place in a 50-meter long Olympic Course as opposed to the standard 25-yard NCAA course.
Hannesdottir timed a 56.65 in the 100 freestyle finals to win the event. She was the top qualifier during preliminaries with a time of 56.88.
On Thursday, Hannesdottir finished fourth in the prelims of the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 26.57. She moved up to third in the finals to finish on the podium with a time of 26.17.
On Saturday, the three-time CAA Champion will compete in the 200 freestyle while also competing in the 400 freestyle relay over the weekend.
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